New Hāpai Access Card launched
The Hāpai Foundation launched a new "Hāpai Access Card" in Christchurch this week.
The card was started by Nimbus Disability about five years ago in the UK where it has over 30,000 card holders and 1,000+ businesses participating. The scheme was designed by disabled people for disabled people.
The Hapai Foundation has partnered with Nimbus to bring the card to Aotearoa New Zealand calling it the Hāpai Access Card.
What the card does
The card translates your disability/impairment into symbols which highlight the barriers you face and the reasonable adjustments you might need when out and about in your community.
This then informs providers / businesses quickly and discreetly about the support you need and may gain you access to things like concessionary ticket prices and complex reasonable adjustments without having to go into loads of personal detail.
To be eligible for the card you will need to provide evidence that you have an impairment that has a substantial and long-term effect on your ability to carryout out normal day-to-day activities.
Your card can have up to 9 barrier icons depending upon the additional information you provide about your accessibility challenges.
The card costs $30 and needs to be renewed every three years.
To find out more about the Hāpai Access Card and to apply for a card visit the Hāpai Foundation website.