Stories

Large Print - Margaret's Story

I am a regular church attendee. For many years my church has provided me with large print hymn and service booklets but I have recently been informed I will no longer receive this assistance.

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Struggling to Communicate - Ali's Story

I am a Somali refugee. I am deaf and use my native sign language as well as New Zealand sign language. I have huge difficulty communicating with staff in cafes, supermarkets, dairies, shopping malls and the settlement centre.

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Employment Rejection - Caitlin’s Story

I have found many barriers to obtaining employment when I have applied for jobs. Despite having a Master’s degree in Politics and having applied for many positions I find employers focus on my vision impairment rather than acknowledging my education and abilities.

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Design Consultation - Tony's Story

Tony’s daughter uses a wheelchair for mobility following two years of major medical treatment. Out visiting the local mall, she required the use of the accessible toilets.

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Rural Isolation - Kiley's Story

Kiley lives in a rural area approximately an hour away from her nearest city. Visually impaired, she finds her life is very isolated.

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Navigating Auckland - Lilley's Story

Getting around in Auckland is difficult for able bodied people, but is very stressful when one is blind. I had to go to Orewa which required a lot of advanced planning.

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Wheelchair Inaccessibility - Natalie's Story

Natalie uses a wheelchair for mobility but finds many of the places she wishes to visit are either inaccessible or require a convoluted journey. When she and her husband wished to attend a cat show which was part of the Auckland Easter Show she had to obtain the services of the security guard to take them up in a goods lift.

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White Cane Training - Judith and Krystal’s Story

Judith is very concerned for her vision impaired daughter’s safety. Krystal has not received in-depth orientation and mobility training to assist her in safely crossing roads or other road safety techniques.

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I Can Work - David's Story

I have worked at my local supermarket for 20 years. Last year I gained my independence and moved into a rental house with a friend. I needed to earn more money to help with rent and utility bills.

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Radiology Apprehensions - Susan’s Story

I recently had to have an x-ray for a suspected broken wrist following a fall. I am vision impaired and use a guide dog for mobility.

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