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Clever UK ad campaign nails it on “awkward disability moments”


Scope, a British group which advocates for people with disabilities, has partnered with the advertising firm Grey London and TV presenter Alex Brooker to make a clever series of ads meant to help non-disabled people avoid being awkward (and, you know, actively offensive) when interacting with people with disabilities. They also devised a quiz to test if you learned literally anything…

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Suzanne Cowan: Catapulted into vulnerability


The NZ Herald reports: Vulnerability is an issue Suzanne Cowan is passionate about. It features in her PhD research and in the contemporary works she choreographs and performs with Touch Compass Dance Company. It is also a fact of life for Suzanne, who was “catapulted into vulnerability” when a road crash left her with severe…

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On needing to run a marathon to feel fully human


From Philip Patston’s blog Last night, 3 News anchor Mike McRoberts quoted Peter Loft, the head of the Achilles Foundation, which has been sending disabled athletes to the New York marathon for 20 years: “They come here with disabilities — and they leave feeling like full human beings.” Some may find this statement inspirational. I found it…

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What if attitudes don’t really matter?


Attitude is everything, they say. What if I said, I don’t think so? Consider that, as long as it remains inside my head, my attitude means nothing. It’s only when I speak it, or act on it, that it begins to matter. Let’s say I hate orange. Until I start insulting people for wearing orange, destroying orange things that…

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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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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…

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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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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…