I have encountered many access barriers when trying to find a new job. It's difficult to find an employer who understands the way my brain ticks and tocks, and who can make necessary accommodations - such as breaking down instructions better, or simply not giving me so many instructions at the same time. My Dyspraxia also means it's taking me a long time to learn to drive, which limits my options a lot due to the location of many jobs.
When asked about my weaknesses in employment interviews, I am honest and say, "Processing too many things at once." This puts potential employers off. The outcome is I either don't get the job, or I end up starting work but then encounter problems when people aren't accepting of me and my differences. This has caused me to lose my confidence a little bit in my job hunting, because I am not sure if people will accept my unique personality for what it is.
I would love this new access law to address workplace training for managers on the topic of, "How to work with someone who has a neurodiversity/disability in the work place". I would also like to see more transport options for people to get to work, that don't cost too much because - although it is only a small issue for me - it is a big issue for many other people who struggle getting access to transport.
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.