Stories

Transport Freedom! - Sue’s Story

Just when I needed it, I discovered a wonderful service.

It’s called ...

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The Little Things in Life - Kari’s Story

As I write this, the news of the world is shocking. With Covid-19 death figures increasing, grieving families much in my thoughts.

But then the LARGE issues were soon replaced when I prepared my lunch.  Frustration took over with a little issue!

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Elder Discrimination - John’s Story

“Everyone with access needs – including disabled people, older people, Māori, migrants, people with English as a second language, and those with temporary injuries - must have an equal opportunity to live life without being hindered by barriers to participation.”

My name is John. I’m from Bluff. And I believe every word of this statement, so aptly expressed by the Access Alliance. People with access needs absolutely deserve an equal opportunity to live life without constantly having to try to overcome problems and difficulties on a daily basis.

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A Fair Go - Anamaria’s Story

My name is Anamaria, I am the carer for my 17-year-old grandson Razeal, and we live in Wanganui. Razeal suffers from a brain injury; we have spent the last 15 years battling ACC and the last five years in court trying to get Razeal the proper care he needs. In the process, we have been confronted with systemic barriers that have made it extremely difficult for Razeal to gain funding for services that are essential to his learning and long-term growth.

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Out & About - Merle's Story

Using a wheelchair hasn’t stopped Merle Bradley going snorkelling or getting out into the rugged West Coast bush.

[Story originally published at Mental Health Awareness Week 21-27 September 2020]
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Stroke Recovery, Lockdown & Whānau Support - Phoenix's Story

It’s been a tough year for many, but for Northland man Phoenix Ruka, this year has been exceptionally hard for him and his whānau.

[Story originally published at Mental Health Awareness Week 21-27 September 2020]
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Masks, Mental Health & COVID-19 - Jared's Story

Masks are a big part of the fight against Covid-19 in New Zealand, but for a large part of the Kiwi community, they are also an added complication when it comes to being understood.

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A Taste of Accessibility - Monique's Story

I had a taste of accessibility – and I want it for keeps!

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Book Review: Differently Abled - the Graeme Axford Story

Differently Abled tells the story of Graeme Axford.

Born with severe dyslexia and misunderstood throughout much of his childhood, Graeme rose above stigma and systemic exclusion to become a social worker. But after being overlooked for a job at CYF (now Oranga Tamariki) Graeme smelled a rat and decided to challenge the decision. What ensued was a long arduous, time-consuming battle.

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Teddy Bear’s Picnic – Katy’s Story

During the COVID-19 lockdown, I joined the Virtual Teddy Bear’s Picnic hosted by Marama Davidson from the Green Party. It was pitched as a children’s event but was attended solely by parents of voting age who wished to express some of their concerns in lockdown.

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