Introduction For more than five years, a coalition called the Access Alliance has been advocating for the introduction of new accessibility legislation. The Bill, now before the House and open for public submissions, is not the bill the coalition asked …

Transformational change. Let’s pull the Accessibility for New Zealanders Bill and go for a disability rights act instead Read more »

Introduction The third Thursday in May of each year is Global Accessibility Awareness Day. For my contribution this year, I am drawing from my experience as a lifelong advocate for disability rights and former technology product manager to reflect on …

Reflections for Global #Accessibility Awareness Day #GAAD: Our past success wasn’t inevitable, our future success is not guaranteed Read more »

I have blogged previously about the difficulties I had obtaining an access code for completing New Zealand’s 2018 census online. The issue is important in itself given that completing the census is compulsory for everyone in the country on census …

Text of my remarks to the Governance and Administration Select Committee on the need for a public inquiry into New Zealand’s 2018 census Read more »

Author’s note. Due to the amount of interest in this post, I update it from time-to-time with additional information and experiences. If you would like to support keeping this post current, I’d be super grateful if, when joining Aira, you …

A review of Aira. What it is, how it works, and the ways it has changed my life Read more »

If you’ve been following my blog posts on the New Zealand census, this one will contain some information you already know. But now that I have completed the census and there is unlikely to be any further fluidity about the …

Text of my formal complaint to Statistics New Zealand about inaccessible census codes Read more »

My thanks to everyone who expressed support for my previous blog post about the 2018 census in New Zealand. I’m enough of an optimist to believe that most New Zealanders still think that everyone is entitled to a fair go, …

Statistics New Zealand read me my census code, but let’s not lose sight of the systemic issues Read more »

Note, there is a follow-up post which I wrote the day after this one was published. You’ll find a link to it at the end of this one. Tuesday, 6 March, is census day in New Zealand. The law says …

Blind people should count. My run-around with Statistics New Zealand, and how they’re making me a criminal. Read more »

Breaking the Barriers of Blindness Address delivered to the 20th Retina International World Congress by Jonathan Mosen, 11 February 2018   What are the barriers that result from blindness? Most people consider blindness to be a significant disability. Some surveys …

My address to the 20th Retina International World Congress, “Breaking the Barriers of Blindness” Read more »

Using Apple hardware and apps as an effective tool in the toolbox   Address delivered to the National Council of State Agencies for the Blind at its conference in Greenville, South Carolina, 17 November 2017   It’s an honour to …

My Address to the National Council of State Agencies for the Blind Read more »