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.

Judy Small reads one of the new tactile maps2

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.

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Rising number of disabled people in NZ – survey


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.

Eleanor Longdon

Eleanor Longden: The voices in my head


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.