While some are criticising the vaccine pass system because it restricts unvaccinated people from dining in restaurants, one group has always faced hurdles when grabbing a bite to eat – those with disabilities.
Originally published at https://thespinoff.co.nz/food/25-12-2021/some-of-us-have-always-been-excluded-from-dining-out, December 25, 2021.
Kiwis who are deaf, blind or low vision are missing out on a myriad of rich broadcasting as a law that would help them makes little progress.
Legislation around captioning and audio descriptions in media would bring Aotearoa in line with other Western countries, like the United Kingdom, United States, Australia and Canada.
Usually there's no stopping Dorothy Dawson. But Invercargill City Council has managed to do just that.
Despite appearing to meet legal requirements Invercargill’s Dorothy can’t understand why getting her scooter on a bus is such a problem.
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Old EFTPOS terminals are being systematically replaced by new ones that look sleek and modern.
Unfortunately, whereas the older ones had quite large keys with very clear numbers and a green ‘enter’ key ...Read more
When Dr Huhana Hickey needs to go to the hospital for treatment, she heads off in her wheelchair across the neighbouring park, along the footpath a few blocks and she's there in 10 minutes ... But if she needs to get there, urgently, at night the park is now impossible to get through because a new gate is locked at night, blocking her path.Read more
“It’s over there.” This is a statement that continually both frustrates and amuses the blind and vision impaired community.Read more
Kylie wants to be a mother help at her children’s school but the staff are hesitant to allow her to do this as she is visually impaired.Read more
Jill has asthma and small airways disease. She also experiences frequent bouts of bronchitis. These affect her breathing and she is unable to go out in the wind or on cold days.Read more
Caitlin is visually impaired and finds the lack of narration in various situations and the focus on print or subtitles on television programmes which she cannot see very difficult.Read more