Be. Institute Leading The Way To A 100% Accessible Society
A new enterprise was launched on Friday 6 May, along with two new campaigns. Be. Institute presented two significant initiatives: New Zealand’s first nationwide accessibility programme, Be. Accessible, and the first nationwide disability leadership programme of its kind, Be. Leadership.
The driving force behind the Be. Accessible campaign is to inspire and enable a 100% accessible society. In a step towards achieving this goal, the campaign encourages sites likely to be visited during the Rugby World Cup 2011 to make any necessary changes that would make them more accessible to visitors who may be temporarily or permanently disabled.
As a result of the campaign, disabled people have been secured some of the best seats at Eden Park and the North Harbour Stadium. Public transport and ‘fan zones’ have also made changes to become ‘fully accessible environments’ so that those who are in need of additional support have the chance to contribute fully to society.
To date, about 60 Auckland sites likely to be visited by Rugby World Cup visitors have been audited by Be. Accessible. Mr Howe is also training other assessors to audit facilities in the other 11 Rugby World Cup cities.
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