Between 3-9 September, lawyer, activist and academic David Lepofsky toured New Zealand to support and promote The Access Alliance’s ‘Access Matters’ campaign.

David comes from a strong background, being involved in activism since late 1970s and having completed a Masters of Law at Harvard Law School in 1982. But these are only some of his many achievements. David’s activism has had a huge impact on accessibility legislation in Ontario, Canada, going as far as influencing the Ontario Human Rights Code and chairing the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance.

David spread the word about the Access Matters campaign from Auckland to Invercargill. The goal of the campaign is to ensure New Zealand is fully accessible for all people with all disabilities. That means everyone being able to find employment and fully take part in our society in a way that ensures they have a good life.

David thinks that New Zealand can adopt what he terms a “buffet” dining approach, by picking up aspects of Canadian accessibility legislation that has worked well, to improve access for people with disabilities across the board.

From podcasts and radio interviews, to local newspaper articles, David spoke out about the campaign and its importance. You can check out the media coverage from his trip below.

Media Coverage

David Lepofsky and Amy Hogan (Cerebral Palsy Society) interview on Radio New Zealand

Alliance media release on our UMR polling

Newsroom video story featuring David Lepofsky and Vivian Naylor (CCS Disability Action) – uncaptioned

Otago Daily Times: Disabled accessibility law gathering support

Podcast: Dianne Rogers interviews David Lepofsky