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Victoria University masters student wins PhD Fulbright scholarship


A twisted ankle that should have healed within weeks left Ailsa Lipscombe in constant pain and unable to walk for four years. A decade later, the Victoria University music student has also lost most of her sight, but has not let her disabilities slow her down. On Monday night, she was one of only a handful of Kiwis to be awarded a Fulbright scholarship to study for a doctorate in the United States.

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Steve Silberman: The forgotten history of autism


Decades ago, few pediatricians had heard of autism. In 1975, 1 in 5,000 kids was estimated to have it. Today, 1 in 68 is on the autism spectrum. What caused this steep rise? Steve Silberman points to “a perfect storm of autism awareness” — a pair of psychologists with an accepting view, an unexpected pop culture moment and a new clinical test.

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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.

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Hell on wheels


Michael Conway was born with Spina Bifida and has never been able to walk, but the 28-year-old has never let his “unique ability” stop him rolling forward. When Michael was offered a job in Auckland a few years ago, he didn’t hesitate to make the move. Unfortunately, the work dried up and Michael needed to shift back to Wellington to be nearer friends and family.

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“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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A Clever Shock-Absorbing Bike Wheel, Now for Wheelchairs


Source: Wired.com Entrepreneurs love to  claim they’re “reinventing the wheel.” So what do you say when you’ve actuallyreinvented the wheel? “I love spokes, I’ve just come up with something different,” explains Sam Pearce, a British designer who, if you haven’t guessed already, created a spoke-less, shock-absorbing wheel that’s being used on wheelchairs and bicycles. Loopwheels,…