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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Gates, Stairs and Wheelchairs - Craig's Story

I live in an apartment block which is gated and has shared common areas. It is managed by a committee and body corporate.

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Disappearing Footpaths - Raewyn's Story

I was born with very little vision and am also colour blind. Several years ago I returned to Christchurch, where I lived when I was growing up, on a holiday with my family. I decided to take my children on a trip to Cathedral Square and to visit the shops I remembered from my childhood.

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Taxi Confidence - Jonathan's Story

Jonathan is autistic and often uses taxis. With the support of local total mobility representatives he recently approached the taxi companies where he lives requesting that he can nominate a driver of his choice.

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Keeping Fit - Doug's Story

For several years I have been asking Work and Income case managers for support in paying a gym membership so I can keep fit in a safe environment. Their reply is usually “go out and exercise on the roadside.”

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