Stories

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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Building Legislation - Cheryl's Story

Cheryl, who uses a wheelchair, needed to use the toilet when out having lunch with a friend.

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Guide Dogs on Buses - Shona's Story

The number of people using public transport has increased dramatically over recent years. Unfortunately this has been at the detriment of guide dogs and their handlers. There are signs on many of the buses asking people to give up the designated disability seating if required but this is frequently ignored.

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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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