Stories

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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Footpath a nightmare - Jane's Story

My name is Jane and I live in Torbay. I use a mobility scooter and find travelling to the Albany shops has become a nightmare.

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Retail Assumptions - Karin's Story

Karin had been invited to a wedding in Australia. Excited, she began to plan what she would wear to the black tie event.

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Banking Privacy - Christine’s Story

Communications, especially those which are private and sensitive between bank staff and people with a sight impairment, continue to show a lack of sensitivity with simple everyday tasks.

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Train Dilemma - Jennifer's Story

I was aboard one of Auckland’s new electric ‘accessible’ trains when the electric wires came down in front of the train while it was travelling between stations.

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Career Dreams Almost Derailed - Alix's Story

I am vision impaired, I have retinitis pigmentosa which was diagnosed in my teens. My brother and sister also have RP. When I was at high school I began to wonder what sort of work I could do.

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