Magdalena Truchan sits in a wheelchair. She has blonde hair and wears a checked hat, colourful jacket and bright red knee-high boots, which match her lipstick . Her legs are crosed.

Clothing industry’s narrow focus sidelines people with disabilities


Source: HowStufWorks The fashion industry has some catching up to do when it comes to considering people with disabilities. That’s according to the results of a recent study, which surveyed 113 people with mobility impairments. The findings showed that about half of the respondents were unable to attend events like weddings, school dances and job…

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Assistance dog changes lives for Palmerston North family


A Palmerston North family are hoping to pay it forward after realising the impact an assistance dog has had on their lives. Last year, after three years on a waiting list the family was given a black labrador assistance dog. They’re now trying to raise $20,000 to pay it forward to help another family with a disability.

Stella Palikarova, left, and Andrew Morrison-Gurza are throwing a party meant to give people with disabilities a chance to explore and express their sexuality. (Chris Young/ The Canadian Press)

Canadians throw sex-positive party geared to people with disabilities


A party meant to give people with disabilities a chance to explore and express their sexuality is shining a spotlight on an enduring and often ignored barrier for those with physical and mental limitations. But though guests at the Deliciously Disabled party, to be held in Toronto next week, are free to act on their consensual desires, don’t call it an orgy.

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Crutches help Cate Grace to business success


Rheumatoid arthritis has not stopped Cate Grace from becoming a top personal trainer and inspirational business leader. The Christchurch woman has used her disability to power her own brand of positive leadership and entrepreneurial success.

Rob using Active Hands gripping product to lift weight

“Active Hands” Products Enable Accessible Gym Workout


As a competitive wheelchair racer Rob Smith spends a lot of time training in the gym. Without his gym workouts he would not be able to compete at the world-class level that he does. Rob shows how, with only the Active Hands gripping aid range, you can perform a variety of exercises.

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Daniel Kish: How I use sonar to navigate the world


Daniel Kish has been blind since he was 13 months old, but has learned to β€œsee” using a form of echolocation. He clicks his tongue and sends out flashes of sound that bounce off surfaces in the environment and return to him, helping him to construct an understanding of the space around him. In a…

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Glastonbury Festival β€” 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”.