Accessibility means removing barriers and giving everyone equal access to products, services and environments.
In most societies people living with disabilities face a number of obstacles and barriers that prevent them from fully participating in the world. Accessibility is about removing those barriers and giving equal access to everyone. To achieve this, we need to make local communities, transport, employment and education as accessible as possible to ensure that people with disabilities are fully included. In 2001, the New Zealand Disability Strategy recognised the need to improve access across the board, but although there have been some improvements over the years there is still a lot of work to do. If you came here looking for Accessible Housing we cover that in our Independent Living section.