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TechWeek2021: Access Needs – Day Two: Cognitive

Event Details

Date: 25 May 2021
Time: 2:00PM to 3:00PM


Hosted by Access Advisors




Despite many centuries of research science has yet to fully understand the human brain. We do know how human beings typically process information, but there is a lot of diversity in how our brains operate. In relation to accessibility, as is often the case in real life, cognitive impairment and neurodiversity is not an exact science.

NZ Stats suggest that there is approximately 1-2% of the population diagnosed with Autistic Spectrum Disorders. In NZ there are ~10% of the population diagnosed with some form of Dyslexia. The true extent of Dyslexia and ASD is unclear how many people are on the autistic spectrum as many people remain undiagnosed. Both are spectrums of brain differences that are still not totally understood. Cognitive impairment also comes from brain injuries, intellectual disabilities and diseases such as Alzheimer’s. Temporary and situational cognitive impairment can be brought on by severe fatigue, trauma and information overload.

The impact of a cognitive impairment on technology use ranges from struggling to read text that is laid over busy backgrounds, to being confused enough to stop using a website because you don’t know how to interact. Providing better access to the Internet for people with cognitive access needs typically relates to simplicity, clarity and familiarity.

Learning outcomes

In this session you will:

    •   Learn more about having a cognitive impairment
    •   Hear about the impact of cognitive impairment on technology use
    •   Have a demonstration of Assistive technology for accessing the Internet and apps
    •   Identify some design and development considerations

With gratitude

Access Advisors would like to thank the Access Alliance and Accessibility Tick for their support in putting these webinars together.

Sign up now and look for our other webinars this week focusing on all different kinds of access needs for a more complete idea of how to create an inclusive digital experience!


25 May 2021
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Event Category:


Online Event


Chandra Harrison
Talking Cognition. Line drawing of a brain