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Judith Collins Writes: Disability is a part of life


Any parent will tell anyone who will listen that their child is special – often gifted, sometimes challenged but definitely special.

So what happens in the education system when our kids really are special, gifted or challenged, kids with disabilities or special abilities? Sadly, the answer is very dependent on the school zone and more importantly, on the school’s principal and the Board of Trustees.

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Jameson Meyer — Photo / AliceAnn Meyer

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


By AliceAnn Meyer Jameson has a very rare disorder, his family believe he has Pfeiffer Syndrome. Fed up with cruel comments directed at her little boy, his mother, AliceAnn Meyer penned a touching blog post which has gone viral. She shared it with The Herald. We’ve had some encounters recently that have inspired me to…

2014 in review


The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Here’s an excerpt: A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 5,400 times in 2014. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 5 trips to carry that many people. Click here to…

Aaron Fotheringham

Aaron “Wheelz” Fotheringham — back in NZ in 2015


Aaron “Wheelz” Fotheringham is a 22 year-old wheelchair moto-cross athlete from Las Vegas, Nevada. He is the third of six children, all adopted. Aaron has a passion for what he does, not only is it a lot of fun, but he wants to change the world’s perception of people in wheelchairs, as well as helping everyone see his/her own challenges in a new way.

Glastonbury Festival — a sign of how society is changing


This year’s Glastonbury festival is the first ever to be awarded “gold” status by campaigners who want better access for deaf and disabled people at concerts and music venues. Festival organisers said the award was a sign of how “society is changing the way it thinks and acts towards disability”.

Hand offering a daisy

The art and etiquette of actually being helpful


I get a lot of people trying to help me. The less they know me the less helpful their help is. So it’s useful and interesting to make the distinction between ‘helping’ and ‘being helpful’. They are definitely not synonymous and are, so often, completely antithetical.

Eleanor Longdon

Eleanor Longden: The voices in my head


To all appearances, Eleanor Longden was just like every other student, heading to college full of promise and without a care in the world. That was until the voices in her head started talking. Initially innocuous, these internal narrators became increasingly antagonistic and dictatorial, turning her life into a living nightmare.

Temple Grandin

Temple Grandin: The world needs all kinds of minds


Temple Grandin, diagnosed with autism as a child, talks about how her mind works — sharing her ability to “think in pictures,” which helps her solve problems that neurotypical brains might miss. She makes the case that the world needs people on the autism spectrum: visual thinkers, pattern thinkers, verbal thinkers, and all kinds of smart geeky kids.

Ben Heck's modified console

DIY guy creates single-handed controllers for disabled gamers


A couple of years ago we ran a story on Ben Heck, who created a hands-free wheelchair attachment for expectant father. Thanks to an I Think Differently reader we’ve discovered Ben has now developed gaming consoles that can be used with one hand. Read more  about the PS4 controller, and how it will be donated to Able…