Journal

Explore our collection of stories, news articles and portfolio pieces from the Able team and community.

A collection to educate and inspire

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News

Kōrero

24 May 2024

The Earcatch logo, a yellow 'E' on a dark blue background.

On-demand audio description app Earcatch winds up, but will continue to be available in Aotearoa

Able launched Earcatch in Aotearoa a year ago – a New Zealand-based library of audio description (AD)…

Articles

Tuhinga

12 February 2024

A graphic image of an old-school TV with a scene of Pulp Fiction on it.

Blind people watch TV too

Audio description comes as standard on shows streaming on Netflix and other international services. So, Able Chief…

Articles

Tuhinga

28 November 2023

Dan Buckingham, Jai Waite and Rachale Davis are on a stage together. Dan has brown hair, a white button-up shirt and is using a wheelchair, turned away from the camera. Jai is wearing a blue button-up top, using a wheelchair, and is in the middle of speaking. Rachale has blonde shoulder-length hair and a yellow top, looking over at Jai.

Navigating authentic representation of disability

During the annual SPADA conference this year, our CEO Dan Buckingham facilitated a panel with Jai Waite…

Conversations

Ngā kōrerorero

6 November 2023

Picture of Virginia Philp (who was part of AD's inception) smiling. She has shoulder length brown hair and brown eyes.

Decade of Able: Virginia Philp, team leader, audio describers

Virginia Philp leads our small crew of audio describers. She overseas everything audio description: recruiting, training and…

Conversations

Ngā kōrerorero

6 November 2023

David wears glasses and a hearing aid, and smiles.

Decade of Able: David Kent, trustee

David Kent is a trustee on the Able board. Since 2005, David has chaired the Southern Hearing…

News

Kōrero

6 November 2023

A photo of Clive Lansink, who has short grey hair and a grey moustache. He is wearing a blue, yellow and red checkered flannel button-up T shirt.

Decade of Able: Clive Lansink, Chair, Blind Low Vision NZ

Kia ora, Clive. I’ve heard that you were instrumental in audio description advocacy, prior to its introduction…

Conversations

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6 November 2023

A photo of Wendy Youens, who has straight brown hair just below her shoulders and blue eyes. She is smiling, wearing a bright blue top.

Decade of Able: Wendy Youens, founding CEO

Wendy Youens was the founding CEO of Able, having led its establishment as an independent organisation in…

Conversations

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6 November 2023

Lewis Grant has grey hair and blue eyes, and smiles against a seafoam green background.

Decade of Able: Lewis Grant, Chair

Lewis Grant played a crucial role in supporting Able’s journey to become an independent charitable trust, and…