I have relapsing remitting multiple sclerosis. I was originally diagnosed in 1984 with primary progressive multiple sclerosis and have been required to undertake most of my rehabilitation independently.
I feel I have been discriminated against financially and have had to exist on a sickness benefit and now superannuation. I have never received a disability allowance. I have been denied a wheelchair and have to depend entirely on a cane for mobility.
I believe accessibility legislation would require proper assessment of people with disabilities to ensure they receive essential treatment and equipment that will allow them independence and full access to services and infrastructure so they can live a fulfilling life.
This is my access story, it is one of many. I'm sharing it because I want a law that puts accessibility at the heart of an inclusive Aotearoa New Zealand.