The Accessibility Tick Programme helps employers become more accessible and inclusive of people with disabilities. We’re a pan-disability social enterprise with a clear vision for bridging the disability employment gap.

Disability employment gap

Recent labour market statistics show New Zealanders with disabilities are 3 times less likely to be employed than their non-disabled peers. The difference between employment rates of disabled and non-disabled people is called the disability employment gap. New Zealand’s disability employment gap is currently 47.7%.  We’re changing that!

Inclusive workplaces

Young woman in a wheelchair talking to a colleague at her workplace

An inclusive workplace is not only physically and technologically accessible, but also breaks down social barriers and changes attitudes. For many job seekers with disabilities, discrimination and lack of support stop them from finding and keeping a job.

The benefits of an inclusive workplace extend beyond supporting employees with disabilities. An inclusive workplace:

  • increases productivity
  • enables a larger pool of talented people to apply for, maintain, and advance through employment
  • leads to an expanded customer base.

The Business Case for Accessibility

One in 4 New Zealanders identify as having a disability. If organisations are not inclusive and accessible, they could be missing out on a quarter of the market.

The following links explain in more detail the business case for accessibility:

Return on Disabilty
Rich Donovan is a globally recognized subject matter expert on the convergence of disability and corporate profitability. He has spent more than 10 years focused on defining and unlocking the economic value of the disability market.

The Business Case for Digital Accessibility | Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) | W3C
To create a Business Case that is relevant for the 21st century, we relied on formal research, grant funded studies, editorial comment, the historical record, anecdotal stories, and case studies provided by the businesses themselves.

SenseAbility
Close to 1 in 5 Canadians have a disability. They are customers, employees, suppliers and investors and make up a population segment much too large for businesses to ignore.

SEO and Web Accessibility Crossover
Examples and links to other resources produced to celebrate Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) 2018 by illustrating how SEO and website accessibility are mutually supportive and have common outcomes.