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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.

Alex Minsky lost his right leg after his patrol vehicle hit an improvised explosive device while he was serving in Afghanistan. (Nordstrom)

Nordstrom Spotlights Models With Disabilities


To hype its trendiest looks for fall, Nordstrom is turning to models with various disabilities clad in everything from designer boots to kids’ fashions.

Four people with disabilities grace the pages of the upscale department store’s current anniversary sale catalog promoting the retailer’s biggest sale of the year.

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Getting a feel for Hamilton


Think Differently reports: Two new textured maps with labels in Braille or large print will help people who are blind or have low vision find their way around Hamilton. The tactile maps show roads, talking ATMs, taxi stands, public toilets, the Waikato River, roads and other features. “It will help people get out and about…

Sally Champion, a note book with writing on it and a pen

Career Champion catch-up


It’s been a year since Sally Champion signed off from blogging weekly about the process of setting up her own business as a writer. We thought we’d catch up with her to see how thing are going, twelve months on.