Stories

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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Independent Living - Janene's Story

Kia Ora my name is Janene, I am a wife of 15 years and mother to two young daughters.  At the age of 4 and ½ years old I caught a virus that attacked my spine and left me paralyzed from the waist down T10 leaving me wheelchair bound for the rest of my life.

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Beyond Bureaucracy: Harnessing Accessibility

Creating accessible environments for those living with disabilities is often framed as a social issue occurring outside the business community.

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Employing People with Autism – Susan’s Story

I live with Asperger’s Syndrome and am unemployed. Even before I was diagnosed I found the possibility of an interview distressing and always failed to get the position.

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Inaccessible Offices - Allyson’s Story

I live in Ponsonby where many of the buildings don’t have lifts.

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I Can’t Access Your Café - Serena’s Story

I use a wheelchair for mobility and attend a writing group twice a week which is held in a local café. It has an access ramp which exits into their conservatory

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Inaccessible Buses - Liz’s Story

Several years ago I was working for an organisation that held a national conference for its staff. Half a day was allocated for team building bus trips to various local sights and activities

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Being Safe, Being Seen – Arjun’s Story

My local mall has several disability car parking spaces which face the footpath and building.

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Job Interviews - Krystle’s Story

I have epilepsy and worked in a family business for several years. Unfortunately it was sold in 2016 and I have been to several interviews in the last two years but my applications have always been unsuccessful. I believe this is due to my epilepsy.

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I Want to Give Back to My Community – Hone’s Story

I belong to a volunteer group that meets twice a week in our local public library. Our meetings are held on the second floor and the public lift has been broken for an extended period of time.

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