Impact of Access Needs Day Three: Physical

This third webinar in Access Advisor's access series is focused on making a user friendly experience for those with physical access needs.

What's it all about?

This webinar, the third in the series, will help you learn about physical access needs. After this webinar you will understand more about what makes a more user friendly experience for those who physical access needs in their day to day life.


Technology relies heavily on us having two hands that work without pain to interact with the interface. Without full and unencumbered use of those two hands, interacting with technology can be difficult. Physical impairment can cause problems ranging from painful arthritis to only having one arm. Physical access needs may be due to tremors, pain or paralysis. 

Around 13% of people in NZ have permanent physical disabilities, the number increases in likelihood with age. Almost half of physical disabilities that were received from an injury were received on a job. There are also many people who experience chronic pain when using a keyboard or mouse. Temporary physical impairments might include dominant hand injuries and situational impairments might be only being able to operate your phone one-handed.

The impact of physical impairment on technology use ranges from struggling to use a mouse and relying on a keyboard, to being blocked from using a website because it won’t support the assistive technology being used. Providing better access to the Internet for people with physical access needs typically relates to ensuring that the all aspects of the website can be operated using just a keyboard and reducing the amount of input/clicks/tabs required.

Learn more about having a physical impairment

Hear about the impact of physical impairment on technology use

Have a demonstration of assistive technology for accessing the Internet and apps

Identify some design and development considerations

You can drop into this event at any time.


Wednesday 29 Jul
2:00pm - 3:00pm

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