Blindsided by Panic, Blessed with Time

Shopping as a low vision person comes with its difficulties. I’ve had this access need all of my life and it’s allowed me to adapt and take things in my stride. However, there are still some challenges I cannot successfully navigate. The recent coronavirus pandemic that has had people flocking to the supermarkets to shop Read More …

The real winners at inaugural People’s Choice Accessibility Awards for Business

The Access Alliance People’s Choice Awards was presented on Friday, 21st of February at the Sudima Auckland Airport. The event recognised businesses and organisations who were going above and beyond to accommodate their customers with access needs. I had the privilege of presenting an award – the first of the evening. But I was just Read More …

Beehive Lunch Bar

I have recently started buying my lunch at the Beehive Lunch Bar located across the road from the Blind & Low Vision NZ building in Parnell. I have nominated this place for the Access Alliance People’s Choice Awards for how they have thoughtfully implemented accessibility into everyday business. The menu is simple considering where it’s Read More …

International Day of People with Disabilities – “On Display”

The annual International Day of People with Disabilities was established by the United Nations General Assembly in 1992. The Day was to promote the dignity, rights and wellbeing of persons with disabilities in every aspect of life; political, social, economic and cultural. New Zealand got a head start in celebrating the 2019 IDPD on December Read More …

Meeting with the Cerebral Palsy Youth Alliance

As a voice for young people with disabilities, the Cerebral Palsy Youth Alliance launched a ‘Code of Freedoms’ campaign last year that reinforces the freedoms that every individual with a disability has the right to enjoy, choose or have. You can read more about the codes at: https://cerebralpalsy.org.nz/cerebral-palsy-youth-alliance-launches-freedoms-project/ The Cerebral Palsy Youth Alliance is part Read More …

Access Law 2020 Action Forum Event

“It’s time for legislation”. This was the resounding message that Dianne Rogers, the Campaign Coordinator of the Access Alliance, shared at the #ActionLaw2020 Action Forum. Rogers put voice to a shared desire among various businesses, organisations and community groups the Access Alliance met with. The purpose was to discuss how they could implement accessibility for Read More …

Ite Lemalu

Thanks for joining me! I’m Ite Lemalu, I am a New Zealand born Samoan with experience in writing (Grad Dip Arts – Film, Media & Television Studies, University of Auckland) and playing and teaching music (BMus, University of Otago). I am privileged to be the Media Relations Manager for the Fale Dojo professional wrestling training Read More …