Be Update December 2018

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News from the Land of Be: December Newsletter

Tomorrow is the day when we close our doors for the year, and take a break from what has been an incredibly eventful 2018. This is a year that has been dedicated to exploring the possibilities of collaboration, learning, and challenging limitations, and these are the stories we are telling in this newsletter edition. To our Be. Whanau, we in the Be. Hive wish you all a very Merry Christmas, and happy holidays. We look forward to seeing you in the new year, ready to embrace a brand new world of Possibility!


Feature Story: Microsoft and Be

Intro: We are excited to announce our very first ‘Possibility Partnership’ with Microsoft Global. As we delve into a world of possibility and curiosity, it is only fitting that we partner with a company who has inclusivity at the core of its vision for the future of technology. Click on the ‘Read more’ button below to learn more.



Be. Employed: Francesca Probar

Intro: We met Be. Employed intern Francesca Probar in December 2016 as a young graduate looking for work. Two years later she has grown in leaps and bounds, and written a beautiful piece in the Altogether Autism newsletter about her journey to employment, and what this experience means for her. Read her reflection here.



Be. Leadership: Graduation

Intro: On the first of the month, we gathered at AUT to celebrate the graduation of our 2018 Be. Leaders. This wonderful group of individuals have spent the year exploring new ways of thinking, challenging the status quo, engaged in courageous conversation and forming friendships to last a lifetime. Here are the photos from the night.



Be. Welcome: Cable Car

Intro: Earlier this year, the iconic Wellington Cable Car reached the highest level of accessibility when they upgraded to a Platinum rating. In this blog, we will read about their commitment to make the experience as accessible as possible, and journey they went on to get there.



Be. Brevities

Intro: This International Day for Persons with Disabilities, Minnie spoke with Stuff about the importance of access innovation, and the role it plays in enabling a fully inclusive world for all people. Microsoft’s adaptive Xbox Controller is taking the gaming world by storm, and with that sparks a conversation about the history of inclusive design, and the impact these innovations have had on the entire global population. Read the article by stuff here.



Access win of the month: Frances Bay

Intro: Earlier in the year we met Frances Bay, who along with her husband is building a fully accessible Bed and Breakfast. Since then, they have created a fully accessible events space, available for hens parties, concerts, and meetings. They have also planted lavender along the entrance to create a sensory guide to the front door! Click here to find out where it all began.



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