I was applying to participate in a market research project, but was declined because the office used for the research panel is upstairs, and they do not have any means to get a wheelchair user into that room.
I have been a member of Prime Research for many years and you have to apply for opportunities to participate via a survey. If you meet the criteria or demographic for the panel they call you to book a session. I have been called approximately seven times, as I meet the criteria, but when I ask if the venue is wheelchair accessible they say, "Oh sorry. No you cannot take part." They never offer to try and do my interview any other way.
This means I miss out on the money I would have received for participating. I miss out on meeting others who have similar interests. I miss out on the experience of being involved in a market research panel.
I want new access laws that ensure all buildings are accessible, or that there has to be alternative accommodations for people with access and/or mobility needs.
Being disabled, I sometimes have to be creative in finding ways to make a little extra money, for day to day living. I want to see positive change so that these sorts of simple opportunities are made available and accessible to people with disabilities.
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.