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Judith Collins Writes: Disability is a part of life

Originally posted on I Think Differently:
Source: Sunday Star Times Any parent will tell anyone who will listen that their child is special – often gifted, sometimes challenged but definitely special.…

3 March 2015

A mother’s plea: ‘He’s not scary, he’s a little boy’

Originally posted on I Think Differently:
By AliceAnn Meyer Jameson has a very rare disorder, his family believe he has Pfeiffer Syndrome. Fed up with cruel comments directed at her…

10 January 2015

Student’s achievement changes peers’ attitudes

Originally posted on I Think Differently:
Source: Otago Daily Times Shaun Markham, who has cerebral palsy. Photo by Christine O’Connor. It took a long time for his peers to realise…

2 January 2015

I had restricted access to voting booth then was treated like a second-class citizen…

I have just been to Grey Lynn Community Centre to cast a special vote. As I use a wheelchair I checked elections.org.nz to ensure access — the site listed it as fully wheelchair accessible. When I arrived the door being used had a step. I entered through the centre’s main door and went to the inside door of the Oval Room. My PA went to open the door and it was blocked by a table. He was told to use the inaccessible entrance. He then had to argue with staff to convince them to move the table to allow me access. Neither of us received any apology.

5 September 2014

Nordstrom Spotlights Models With Disabilities

Originally posted on I Think Differently:
Source: DisabilityScoop via Think Differently: Alex Minsky lost his right leg after his patrol vehicle hit an improvised explosive device while he was serving…

26 July 2014

Eleanor Longden: The voices in my head

Originally posted on I Think Differently:
To all appearances, Eleanor Longden was just like every other student, heading to college full of promise and without a care in the world.…

3 June 2014

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