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Connecting for a Better Future: Understanding Cognitive Access Needs

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After the success of last year's events, Access Advisors is again hosting a series of webinars to help you learn about various access needs. 

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


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

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. Or purchase all five together at a lower rate in our TechWeek2021 Bundle Event!

Who we are

Access Advisors' mission is to help businesses across Aotearoa be more accessible for all Kiwis by removing barriers in interface design. We care about people and accessibility and strive to increase awareness of permanent, temporary and situational access needs. Initiated by Blind Low Vision New Zealand in 2017 in response to business demand for accessibility support, our connection now extends to many different communities. Our capabilities span the product life cycle, from discovery through design and development and onto delivery. We help businesses reach their accessibility goals and increase their internal capability, while being conscious of business realities.

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