I am a support worker and work with people with disabilities. Recently I went into town with a woman who was looking for some cheap dress-up accessories, so we went into one of those low-cost variety stores.
She is a small woman, in a small wheelchair, and needs assistance. So I push her wheelchair into town and around the shops.
The aisles of the variety store were so small that we barely fit. She lives with other people with disabilities who have much larger wheelchairs and there is no way they could go into this shop.
The new access laws should ensure that retail is accessible for everyone.
This is a story about the barriers many face. We're sharing it because we want a law that puts accessibility at the heart of an inclusive Aotearoa New Zealand.