International Day of People With Disabilities 2020: 'Hidden Disabilities Through a Digital Lens' Zoom Webinar

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Not All Disabilities Are Visible

December 3rd marks the International Day of People with Disabilities (IDPWD) and this year’s theme, ‘Not all Disabilities are Visible’, focuses on spreading awareness and understanding of disabilities that are not immediately apparent, such as mental illness, chronic pain or fatigue, sight or hearing impairments, diabetes, brain injuries, neurological disorders, learning differences and cognitive dysfunctions, among others.

The Access Alliance, Access Advisors, Accessibility Tick and Tech for Good NZ have come together to help share the global celebration locally and bring awareness to hidden disabilities through a digital lens.

Zoom Webinar Format

This 90 minute event will highlight hidden disabilities and will have a digital focus, going over the benefits and positives as well as the disadvantages and negatives. It will acknowledge IDPWD by focusing on invisible disabilities. Panelists will speak on their topic, with time provided for Q&A.

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We’re delighted and excited to bring you an incredible line-up of speakers sharing their experience with hidden disabilities:

  • Monique Leith – Director, Principal Planner at Leith Consulting, shares her experience with Zoom’s no auto captioning.

Photo of Monique Leith

  • Nick Stoneman – Founder NZ Disability Advisory Trust and advocate for people with disabilities.

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  • Lyneen Allen – Deafblind Coordinator at Blind Low Vision NZ & Founder of Positive Deaf New Zealand, a portal for Deaf people to connect digitally through stories, crafts and dancing.

Photo of Lyneen Allen

  • Michael Naera - Mental Health Foundation, Advocacy and Alliance Specialist, Te Arawa, Ngāti Kahungunu, Ngā Puhi nui tonu. Michael has made significant contributions for improving mental health services and suicide prevention strategies and activities for Māori across Aotearoa New Zealand. He is recognised in the 100 Maori Leaders alongside Sir Mason Durie and Dame Tariana Turia to name a few.

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Moderated by Neil Jarvis – Accessibility Consultant, particularly with respect to digital and e-communications. He is committed to, and personally benefits from inclusive information provision. Neil focuses on accessible online information and inclusive publishing. He has held senior roles at the Blind Foundation in New Zealand, the Round Table on Information Access in Australia and New Zealand, and the international DAISY Consortium which has played a major role in the development of inclusive publishing.


This event is geared towards:

  • People who believe that digital services should be technologically accessible for all New Zealanders
  • Disability community
  • Design/tech community
  • Business community
  • Internet community

Questions to Contribute?

Do you have something you would like to ask the panelists of this event? Please submit questions at any time prior to the webinar by emailing [email protected]

International Day of People with Disabilities

Weblink to official IDPWD resources

Brought to You By

Access Advisors, Tech for Good NZ, The Access Alliance and Accessibility Tick.

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December 03, 2020 at 12:30pm - 2pm
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