Two Steps Too Far - Nicolas' Story

I injured a shoulder playing wheelchair rugby. I needed treatment but ACC turned down the surgeons recommendation.

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Gender-Neutral, Accessible Lavatories Please - Sandy’s Story

As a full-time carer for my husband, who has dementia, I have found it exceedingly difficult to find separate gender-neutral disability toilets in public buildings, malls, and so on.

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Access to Public Services - Tim's Story

I live in Rotorua. Over the last couple of years we have had a lovely main block added to our hospital, and our library upgraded and extended.

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Where to go? McDonalds! - Emma's Story

I got my first proper job out of high school and was so excited. It was at a place where I really wanted to work - with a group of people who were super-accepting, and pushed me to be my best. The only problem was that ...

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Inaccessible Technology - Chloe’s Story

I recently attended a presentation by a local disability organisation to promote a newly developed app designed to provide a connection between people with disabilities, their family and caregivers. The app also encourages the user to be proactive in the disability care conversation.

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Employment Worries - Shannon's Story

I lost my job as a Barista because the owners of the business moved away and their café became a sushi shop. This was upsetting and frustrating, I became very angry. 

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Common Misunderstandings - Caitlin's Story

Travelling overseas in unfamiliar countries meant Caitlin, who is vision impaired, but seldom uses a cane because she can “get away with it”, decided an identification cane would help her navigate new cities. She also applied for assistance at airports.

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Accessing Public Transport - Lorraine's Story

Lorraine, who is visually impaired, relies on public transport to access all the services she requires. Recent changes of bus routes, bus timetables and the establishment of new bus routes in her city have proved very confusing.

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“It’s Over There” - Chloe and Bella’s Story

I get tired of people telling me in shops, cafes, and the supermarket that things I want to purchase are “over there”.

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