Health and Employment - Pamela's Story

I have several mental health issues including schizophrenia, depression and PTSD as well as cardiomyopathy, chronic back pain and fatigue. I would like to work but require support to do so.

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"They looked at me like I was from another planet" - Les's Story

"They looked at me like I was from another planet".

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International Travel Blues - Susan's Story

I am visually impaired and recently travelled to Singapore with my intellectually disabled daughter via Australia on an Australian airline.

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Retailer Attitudes - Renata's Story

I am Renata & this is my daughter Te Akau. She is my world and the dearest part of my life.

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Essential Treatment and Equipment - Roger's Story

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.

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Government House Visit - Susan's Story

I recently visited Government House in Wellington on one of the free tours they regularly offer to the public. I had added to my application that I am vision impaired and use a guide dog.

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Banking, Bills and Technology - Vicky’s Story

My husband and I are both blind and we have two children. I am responsible for the family finances and pay the majority of the bills.

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Power-chair User Video - Gavin's Story

Hi I am Gavin, I am a power-chair user from Hamilton. 


This is #MyAccessStory what's yours?

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Whānau Support - Delayne's Story

I am very fortunate to have friends and whānau who have grown with me and my vision impairment. They support me every day to overcome the many barriers in my community that limit my ability to venture independently from home.

I have keratoconus, an eye condition that effects the shape of ones’ corneas. 

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Public Transport, Education & Health - Hannah's Story

Kia ora, ko Hannah ahau, no Invercargill tāku kainga.  I was diagnosed with Glaucoma at a couple days old and up until 25 years old I had partial sight until my retinas detached leaving me completely blind.  I am now 34 years old and have been totally blind nearly 9 years.

All through my life there have been challenges and different access issues but these are a few of the day-to-day challenges my guide dog Cora and I face. 

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