July 3, 2020

Blind Low Vision NZ secures funding

Voice command technology is empowering connection and accessibility for the Blind Low Vision NZ (BLVNZ) and its members. As publicised by TVNZ /One News this week (article link below), BLVNZ has secured government funding for their Amazon Alexa Skill solution. 

After familiarising themselves with Alexa's functions, BLVNZ users can gain access to over 34,000 titles audio books and magazines. BLVNZ member Leyna Coleman says “I am very impressed with how responsive she (Alexa) is. I think that whole concept of being able to just use my voice has taken a lot of access barriers away and made things faster” because Alexa is fast, simple and convenient. 

As long time supporters of BLVNZ we were delighted to be given the opportunity to assist BLVNZ with this project, and congratulate the team on their fantastic achievement. We look forward seeing what’s next for Alexa. 

Head to the BLVNZ website for more on the Amazon's Alexa Skill solution.

HGM team: Ed Lim, Jason Rudkin-Binks, Tim Mahood and Toby Cartwright

"Alexa has taken a lot of access barriers away and made things faster." Leyna Coleman

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