Stories

Bus Driver Treatment of Disabled

Elaine, Claire and Hannah have recently experienced difficulties getting from A to B via public transport; something most people take for granted.

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Disability Parking - Jeanette's Story

Jeanette uses a wheelchair for mobility and has a mobility card allowing her to park in disabled parking spaces. She finds that these spaces are usually taken up by couriers, people using the ATM machine or “someone just going to get their lunch.”

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I Have Multiple Sclerosis - Roger’s Story

In September 1984 I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. I was 32 and “my life ended on that day”. The next decade was spent either in a hospital, hospice, or some other disability related institution.

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Feeling like a burden - Susan's Story

Living in a rural area and having a disability makes access to most types of disability service or medical support difficult. Susan tells her story.

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Universal Design - John's Story

John is blind and has difficulty accessing buildings in Christchurch. Many of them have changed since the earthquakes.

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No Dogs Allowed - Peter's Story

I became blind overnight. I now have a guide dog but I have had some very negative experiences.

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Inaccessible "Accessible" Toilets - Janette's Story

I use an electric wheelchair for mobility, it is quite long from the footplate to the small wheels at the back. When I need an accessible toilet I often find them inaccessible.

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Gabrielle's Story

Going to the hospital and having surgery is traumatic enough – imagine your diagnosis and treatment information isn't presented to you in a format that is accessible, that hospital staff don’t have adequate tools required to communicate with you, and that the waiting rooms overload your senses.

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Sarah's Story

Sarah, who is blind, would love to choose her own clothes as she is fashion conscious. She requires help when shopping for clothes but finds it is fraught with many difficulties. Her family is unsupportive and when they do go shopping with her tend to choose the first outfit she tries on.

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Sophia's Story

Caption: Picture of Sophia

I was off to my hairdressing appointment and I needed to cross a road. I found the button for the traffic light, and pressed it, expecting it to beep regularly, but this one didn't make any noise. I listened hard to see if the traffic had stopped.

`When I thought it had, I decided to take my life into my own hands and cross the road quickly.`

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