Communication Accessibility Awards 2020

The 2020 NZSTA, in collaboration with the Minister of Disability Issues, Communication Accessibility Awards have been awarded to individuals and organisations who were observed demonstrating the following Communication Accessible Principles:

  • Awareness and knowledge
  • Attitude
  • Competency
  • Information
  • Environment

We are honoured to announce the 2020 award winners:

Jennie McCormick for her attitude and competency interfacing with people with aphasia and dysarthria, attending the University of Auckland’s student clinics in the community.

Northland Indian Association (Ralph Correa, Board Chair) for raising funds and donating AAC devices to Kind Hands, a local charitable trust providing a ‘respite care cottage’ for children with special needs.

Whakatohea Iwi Trust Board have taken up the challenge to make Ōpōtiki a language-rich town for all pēpi. They have a whole town approach to meeting their objectives!

Dementia Canterbury, Manager Darral Campbell were faced with an increasingly difficult task of remaining connected to their clients and client whānau during the level 4 lockdown period for COVID-19. For an aging population who relied on face-to-face engagement, Dementia Canterbury had to adapt and adjust whilst maintaining person centered care that delivered appropriate and up-to-date information in a way that people with dementia, their spouses, and families could access.

Paula Tesoriero, Disabilty Rights Commissioner has come on board and supported the efforts of the Giving Voice Aotearoa campaign and the NZSTA. She has listened and advocates for communication accessibility and she has also responded to our key asks to advocate for the needs of children and youth with speech language and communication needs.


Click here for recipients of the Communication Accessibility Awards 2019.