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…
Dr Paul Galloway, Programme Director of Go Baby Go!, realised that simple adaptations to everyday toys could replace therapy and increase mobility for kids with unique function. What’s more, it’s cool!
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.
An ageing population has contributed to the rise in the number of disabled people in New Zealand, which last year rose to over one million – almost a quarter of the population. Statistics New Zealand today released the latest numbers for their 2013 Disability Survey. The survey showed 24 per cent of the population – or 1.1 million people – identified as disabled. This has increased from 20 per cent in 2001.
The Minister for Disability Issues Tariana Turia has announced that Robert Martin will be New Zealand’s candidate for the election in 2016 for the 2017 – 2020 term of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.
To all appearances, Eleanor Longden was just like every other student, heading to college full of promise and without a care in the world. That was until the voices in her head started talking. Initially innocuous, these internal narrators became increasingly antagonistic and dictatorial, turning her life into a living nightmare.
Be. Accessible’s CEO and Chair, Minnie Baragwanath and John Allen, recently proposed the opportunity for NZ’s Garden City to be the world’s most accessible, by taking advantage of the post-earthquake rebuild.
Temple Grandin, diagnosed with autism as a child, talks about how her mind works — sharing her ability to “think in pictures,” which helps her solve problems that neurotypical brains might miss. She makes the case that the world needs people on the autism spectrum: visual thinkers, pattern thinkers, verbal thinkers, and all kinds of smart geeky kids.