Be Lab Update September 2020

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September news from Be. Lab

As we launch into Spring, we're delighted to bring you four accessibility stories from the world of Be. Lab.  

Read on below to find out about an exciting employment programme launch with Microsoft, our latest Access 2020 Report looking at the state of accessibility in New Zealand, an insight into the role of engineers in designing accessible places, and meet our twelve Be. Leadership participants for 2020. 
Partnering with Microsoft to improve employment of access citizens across Asia Pacific
Nine people from the Be. Lab team standing in a row against a white wall smiling, hugging and laughing.
This month, we were delighted to be a part of the launch of Microsoft's Enabler Program - a comprehensive initiative running across Asia Pacific to pioneer employment for access citizens. 

Microsoft is engaging some of its major corporate partners, including Datacom, HCL Technologies and DXC Technology here in New Zealand, to support the removal of barriers to employment for access citizens.

As the official non-profit partner in NZ, Be. Lab will be providing support and training through our Talent Shop services, and helping to place more access citizens into exciting tech roles. 
Read about the Microsoft Enabler Program
Are you an access citizen seeking a job in tech?

We're on the lookout for talented people to join our talent pool to match with leading employers like Microsoft across New Zealand. More information here.
Access 2020 Report
An infographic that reads: 52% of access citizens are unable to participate in all the activities and events they'd like to due to inaccessibility
Did you know that 52% of access citizens in New Zealand are currently unable to participate in all the activities and events they'd like to due to inaccessibility?
This represents a huge loss of potential customers and contributors to society and the economy.

What's more, this number could be vastly improved with some very simple improvements to our businesses, places, spaces and events. Our latest Access 2020 research report shows that great customer service and clear information are the two biggest enablers of accessibility - neither of which need to be expensive or difficult to implement. 

All of this and more can be found in the latest Access 2020 Report, produced in partnership with research agency, Cogo.

Download your free copy at the link below! 
Download the Access 2020 Report
Meet the 2020 Be. Leaders

We're very proud to be celebrating the tenth year of the Be. Leadership programme in 2020. These twelve participants are the latest to join the growing community of access leaders across New Zealand. 

Find out more about who they are and their ambitions for a more accessible future for New Zealand here at this link
A montage of all twelve Be. Leaders
Engineering NZ: Access All Areas
We all play an important part in making our communities more accessible, but engineers play a special role as the designers and creators of our spaces and places. 

This recent article from Engineering NZ explores the role of engineers and how important it is for them to design access in to their projects. 

Bridget Burdett, vice Chair of the Engineering New Zealand’s Transportation Group, says "If we don’t invite the voices of disabled people into our planning conversations, it’s difficult to see the limitations we are building into infrastructure.”

Read the full article here

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