Conference 2022 accessibility

Arts Access Aotearoa’s Ngā Wāhi Auaha Creative Spaces Conference 2022 is a free, fully virtual event. This means the conference can be accessed from the comfort of your own workplace or home. The decision to go virtual helps remove barriers to participation such as travel and accommodation costs, and reduces the chances of major COVID-19 disruptions.  You MUST register for Conference 2022 to gain access to the conference content. Visit this site to register. 

Arts Access Aotearoa has worked to ensure this online conference is as accessible as possible. We recognise that access requirements differ from person to person, and that support to attend the conference may take many forms. 

New Zealand Sign Language (NZSL) interpretation and translation

NZSL interpretation and translation is being provided by Connect Interpreting. Most sessions will be live interpreted but several sessions have been pre-recorded. For the pre-recorded sessions, Connect has provided picture-in-picture translation.

They have also provided picture-in-picture translation for the short videos submitted by creative spaces for inclusion in the conference. The videos are also captioned. 

Open captions 

The conference platform is provided through Vimeo, and only allows for open captions (OC), which are always in view and cannot be removed. Conference attendees do not have the ability to turn captions on and off themselves. 

 Captions for all live sessions will be through the conference platform and will be generated by Artificial Intelligence. As such, we can’t guarantee their accuracy. Vimeo is an American company and is unable to caption te reo Māori accurately. 

 Pre-recorded videos will have captions that have been added by conference sponsors at Deafradio. To the best of their ability, they will ensure words in te reo Māori are accurately translated and that the captions are correct. 

Audio description

We have asked all conference speakers to give a brief self-description. Conference presenters have been discouraged from using visual aids. However, if they do choose to use visual aids in their presentations they have been encouraged to audio describe them. 

ACE Event App 

The conference will be accessed through the ACE Event App. It can be downloaded onto your phone and/or you can open it using the latest version of Google Chrome or Firefox web browsers. You can download Google Chrome or download Firefox. 

 Our conference event managers, Auaha, will send instructions to conference registrants about how to access the ACE Event App.  

 If you need assistance accessing the app, please email or phone Kara from Auaha (our event management company) on 04 910 5473. If you need assistance once you’re in the app, you can click the “Live Support” icon and leave a message.

Contact us 

We recognise that access requirements differ from person to person, and that support to attend the conference may take many forms.  

If you have any questions or feedback about conference accessibility provisions, please email Ruth Harvey, Project Manager, Creative Spaces Professional Development Programme for Arts Access Aotearoa.  




Creative spaces team

KATE HIATT, Creative Spaces Advisor | Kaiārahi a Toi Whakawātea Tangata
T: 04 802 4349
HANNAH DAHLKE, Creative Spaces Funding Advisor | Kaiārahi Kohi Moni 
T: 027 216 5816
NEIL WALLACE, Creative Spaces Funding Advisor | Kaiārahi Kohi Moni 

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