December 2008

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Robyn and Mike wish all our clients, testers and supporters the best of the holiday season and we thankyou for your custom and support in 2008.

We look forward to working with you in 2009 to provide accessible information for everyone.

We will be closing from the 24th of December and back on board on the 5th of January.


November 2008

Robyn Hunt receives RNZFB Chairman's Award

Robyn receiving the Chairman's Award from Don McKeenzie - a wooden sculpture

Robyn was "commended for her contribution to the blind community". You can readthe full media release.


September 2008

Digital Strategy 2.0 Launched

While we welcome progress on the Strategy - such as increased emphasis on providing broadband - we are disappointed that there is not more emphasis on accessibility.


August 2008

Mindset then methodology

Mike recently gave a presentation to Software Quality New Zealand on usability and accessibility. The main point was that in Mike's view one of the key causes of poor usability and accessibility is a failure of adoption of the right mindset. Only when the mindset is correct should we worry about applying methodology. You can read more about this and view the presentation at Mike's blog No Wombats - the full presentation will soon be available on the SQNZ site.


May 2008

World Telecommunication and Information Society Day

May 17 is World Telecommunication and Information Society Day. AccEase supports this year’s theme: “Connecting Persons with Disabilities: ICT Opportunities for All” which addresses the particular requirements of disabled people.

The World Summit on the Information Society, through the Geneva Plan of Action, urged Member States to address the particular requirements of disabled people in their national e-strategies and encouraged the design and production of ICT equipment and services suited to their needs, including adherence to the Universal Design Principle and use of assistive technologies. A further call was made for research and development to facilitate accessibility of ICT for all, including disabled people.


May 2008

Sign language week - May 5 - 11

This week is the second NZ Sign Language Week. The theme this year is freedom of expression, very apt as the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities come into force as international law on May3, and freedom of expression is a fundamental human right.

The butterfly and the Sign for it is the symbol of freedom of expression.

March 2008

New Zealand Government Portal Launched

The New Zealand Government Portal was officially launched on 13th March by the Minister for State Services, Hon. David Parker.

AccEase testers tested the new search functionality that was originally deployed on the old portal and which has now been brought into the new design.

AccEase also provided accessibility and usability advice and testing to the project on the design and site templates for the new portal.


February 2008

Expanded testing services will be available in 2008

AccEase will be providing an expanded range of accessibility testing services this year. We will be focusing on user testing using our panel of testers. A range of options will be available to provide choice according to depth of testing required and analysis that will also suit a range of budgets.

We will be announcing these services as they come on stream. In the meantime if you would like to tell us about the kind of offerings that would be useful to you please contact us.


January 2008

AccEase is going to Webstock

Tickets are still available for Webstock and Shawn Henry's accessibility workshop. Both come highly recommended.

Experience our 8x5 presentation from the last Webstock