Famous NZ TV personalities stand behind a Deaf guy, a guy in a wheelchair, a woman with Down Syndrome and a blind woman with a guide dog

Is New Zealand ready for More Diversity on Screen?


The More Diversity on Screen campaign set out to begin a new conversation with the public and media industry in New Zealand about disability and diversity on screen. The campaign was an initiative of Unique Extras, a Diversityworks Trust project that aimed to increase diversity on screen via the creation and promotion of a unique…

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Worthiness — the new entitlement


Reposted from Philip Patston’s blog Last Saturday I was working with a group and the word entitlement was uttered a couple of times. As I’ve written before, I believe no one is entitled to anything. I think that a culture of entitlement is destructive and inhibits an environment of positive change. The second time I…

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Student blogs against “prayer sandwiches”


The Raw Story reports: A disabled 22-year-old Duke University graduate named Megan has started a blog to discuss her experiences with aggressive Christians who want to lay hands on her and pray in an effort to heal her. According to The Friendly Atheist, Megan, who has a rare connective tissue disease called epidermolysis bullosa, had heard…

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Laughing at his Nightmare


From Upworthy.com, Shane Burcaw demonstrates a great attitude to life — to laugh at his nightmare of not being around for as long as he’d like to be. Read more here or watch the video below.

Sue Austin: Deep sea diving … in a wheelchair


When Sue Austin got a power chair 16 years ago, she felt a tremendous sense of freedom — yet others looked at her as though she had lost something. In her art, she aims to convey the spirit of wonder she feels wheeling through the world. Includes thrilling footage of an underwater wheelchair that lets…

Welfare Minister: work is the pathway to wellness


Hon Paula Bennett Minister for Social Development Minister of Youth Affairs Speech to Medical Professionals Wednesday 26 September 2012 E nga mana, e nga reo, e te iwi o te motu, tena koutou, tena koutou, tena koutou katoa I would like to acknowledge the Dean of Medicine Sunny Collins and Otago University Wellington for generously…

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UK retail chain embraces diversity


Yahoo! Lifestyle reports, “Marks and Spencer has chosen a four-year-old boy with Down’s Syndrome to model its latest range of children’s clothing.” “Blond-haired Seb White will feature in the chain’s Christmas magazine after mum Caroline made [this] plea to the retail giant on Facebook: ‘He has striking, unusual features, charms the pants off everyone he…

Don’t Postpone Joy republished


Source: Gay Talk Tonight He’s been a successful businessman, and equestrian. He is HIV positive, and has been infected with the parasite leishmaniasis. He is legally blind and deaf, and he’s been told on a number of occasions he had just a few days to live – yet somehow, Peter Taylor has defied the odds…

The “Access Dollar” – a growing opportunity in tough times


Businesses and organisations throughout New Zealand are being challenged to think differently about how to attract new customers via the Be. Welcome Accessibility Programme and capitalise on the ‘access dollar’. In this tough economic climate, Be. Accessible is encouraging businesses to look at accessibility as a way of increasing customer bases and making themselves stand…