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Free Webinar – Not All Disabilities are Visible – IDPWD

Event Details

Date: 3 December 2020
Time: 12:30PM to 2:00PM


Hosted by Access Advisors

Not all disabilities are visible

December 3rd marks the International Day of People with Disabilities 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.

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

Event format

This 90 minute event will be highlighting 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.


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.

Lyneen Allen – Deaf blind co-ordinator at Blind Low Vision & Founder Positive Deaf New Zealand, a portal for Deaf people to connect digitally through stories, crafts, dancing.

Rich Rowley – Educator, Coach and the Innovation Advisor to Tech Futures Lab.

Michael Naera – Mental Health Foundation, Advocacy and Alliance Specialist.

Moderated by Neil Jarvis – Neil is an accessibility consultant, particularly with respect to digital and e-communications. He is committed to, and personally benefits from inclusive information provision. He particularly focuses on accessible online information and inclusive publishing. Neil 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


Please click here go to the Humanitix event page to reserve your free spot in this webinar!

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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 messaging

International Day of People with Disabilities





Supporters of this event

Access Advisors wishes to extend a heartfelt thanks for making this event possible to Tech for Good NZ, The Access Alliance, and Accessibility Tick.

Tech for Good NZ Logo, which reads TECH FOR GOOD NZ all in caps along the right of the logo. To the left there is a heart. The heart has two different halves. The heart to the right side has dots connected together to make a rough heart shape, and a more typical smoothed heart shape on the left.Access Matters - The Access Alliance - LogoAccessibility Tick Logo - link to homepage


3 December 2020
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
Event Category:


Online Event


Chandra Harrison
People walk across a wide zebra crossing, viewed from above. In recognition of international day of people with disabilities. Hidden disabilities through a digital lens. Zoom webinar. Lunch and learn. 3 December,  12.30pm to 2pm. Get your free ticket now