Revision History 3 June, updated progress on accessibility  improvements, and commented on the BBC radio 4 In Touch interview. 15 May, added a section covering recent developments including the AMA session. 10 May, added a link to the 9to5Mac story …

Sonos has broken accessibility for its blind users. Now they must repair the app and repair trust Read more »

Update, 7 April 2024   Applause Group has just released this statement. “Hi everyone,   Following our recent announcement to transition Voice Dream to a subscription, we received an overwhelming response from thousands in our community. Your feedback, along with …

I wish Voice Dream Reader a bright future, but they have breached Apple’s Guidelines. Apple must protect consumers with swift action Read more »

Here is the transcript and the audio of my presentation to the 2023 National Convention of the National Federation of the Blind.     Together Living Blindfully Address delivered to the National Convention of the National Federation of the Blind, …

My Address to the 2023 Convention of the National Federation of the Blind Read more »

With so many of us with accessibility needs having made the move to mastodon recently, the divisive question of the #a11y hashtag has been raised once again. I’d like to offer an updated version of a previous article I have …

The #a11y hashtag is harmful to the #accessibility cause. As we start afresh on Mastodon, it’s time to let it die Read more »

An update late on 16 January New Zealand time. Aira’s CEO, Troy Otillio, has published a brief statement on Aira’s website, acknowledging the widespread concerns many of us have about how difficult it has been to find out how much …

Aira’s astounding communications fail, or how to lose friends and alienate people Read more »

I felt moved to write this article after reading a post on Mastodon this morning. I am paraphrasing the post’s contents, because it’s not my intention to call out or embarrass any individual. I am sure it’s a sentiment shared …

For me, it’s a matter of conscience. I can’t use Twitter anymore Read more »

Today I gave by far the most difficult submission I’ve ever given to a Parliamentary Select Committee. I want to share it with you. You can read the text, or listen to the audio. Thank you for the opportunity to …

My oral submission to the Social Services and Community Select Committee on the Accessibility for New Zealanders Bill Read more »

Submissions on the Accessibility for New Zealanders Bill close on Monday 7 November 2022. You can make a submission here and the process is fully accessible.   I am including my submission here in the hope that it might inspire …

My submission on the Accessibility for New Zealanders Bill Read more »

Introduction I’ve been actively campaigning for a more inclusive, accessible society since I was a child, and in a more formal sense since I was 16. Advocacy and activism results in no progress most of the time, almost imperceptible progress …

Multiple breaches of international law. New Zealand’s local government voting system discriminates against disabled people Read more »

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 »