11 May 2017 – Altogether Autism applauds Education Amendment Bill’s seclusion stance
New Zealand’s leading provider of research-based autism information today acknowledged the historic passing of the third and final reading of the Education (Update) Amendment Bill, which prohibits the use of seclusion in schools and early childhood services, and creates a legislative framework for the appropriate use of physical restraint in schools. Read more here.
4 May 2017 – Life Unlimited charitable trust in Gisborne moves
A charitable trust offering health and disability information, advice and equipment has moved to a new Gisborne base at 105 Disraeli Street. Read more here.
Friday 28 April 2017 – People with autism do excel in workplace
New Zealand has an untapped resource at the ready to fill gaps in the workforce provided they get the support they need to excel, says the charitable trust charged with providing trusted national autism information and advice. Read more here.
Monday 24 April 2017 – Mobility scooter safety top priority for charitable trust
One of New Zealand’s leading providers of mobility scooters says it’s keen to engage with local authorities about mobility scooter safety and awareness. Read more here.
Friday 31 March 2017 – Gisborne Store is on the move and into the community
Expect to see M-J Bloem out and about in the Gisborne community more from Monday (April 3) when the Life Unlimited Store moves to 105 Disraeli Street. Read more here.
Tuesday 28 March 2017 – Would you hear your smoke alarm?
If you are changing smoke alarm batteries this weekend for the end of daylight saving and either live with someone or have a hearing impairment yourself, then you might want to consider investing in a better smoke alarm. Read more here.
Friday 24 March 2017 – Altogether Autism rejects measles vaccine myth
The country’s leading provider of trusted autism information and advice has come out strongly against claims of a link between vaccinations and autism in its latest Altogether Autism journal published today. Read more here.
Tuesday 14 March 2017 – Altogether Autism says no links between vaccinations and autism
There are concerns the release of controversial anti-vaccine movie Vaxxed in New Zealand will result in more children missing vaccinations. Recently many people questioned the link between autism and vaccinations again. Altogether Autism’s stance is there is no link. Read more here.
Wednesday 1 March 2017 – Find help to manage the impact of hearing loss on work life
There are days Nikki Martin’s hearing problems mean she would rather hide than socialise, but the ongoing help she gets from Life Unlimited hearing therapist Anne Greatbatch soon pulls her out of any negative feelings. Read more here.
28 February 2017 – Altogether Autism announces conference keynote speakers
Altogether Autism has confirmed three keynote speakers for the 2017 conference in July, including Emeritus Professor Rita Jordan from the University of Birmingham. Read more here.
24 February 2017 – Kiwi Innovation now in Life Unlimited Store
A walking frame unlike anything you’ve seen before has arrived in store. Read more here.
23 February 2017 – Transforming Lives: Puneeta’s story
Puneeta lives in a village in Uttar Pradesh, one of the largest and most populated regions of India. It is home to the poorest people in India, many of whom rely on agriculture for their livelihood. Read more here.
23 February 2017 – Humour, invention and rebellion
In the 1960s and 70s ‘dine and dance’ venues offered a glimmer of sophistication in towns up and down New Zealand. Read more here.
23 February 2017 – New Zealand disability strategy revised
The New Zealand Disability Strategy will guide the work of Government agencies on disability issues from 2016 to 2026. Read more here.
23 February 2017 – Online Information Hub goes live
Life Unlimited has unveiled new ways for people to get the information they need to live the life they choose. Read more here.
13 February 2017 – New report shines light on impact of hearing loss
Hearing loss is a significant issue facing the New Zealand population with 880,350 people in New Zealand now living with some type of hearing loss, according to new research. Read more here.
31 January 2017 – Want to get mobile and enjoy public transport?
Using public transport can be a daunting experience for people with disabilities but a “Have a Go Day” at Melling Station in Lower Hutt on Saturday February 11 should go a long way towards making travelling easier. Read more here.
24 January 2017 – Supporting disabled teens to succeed at school
The move to secondary school for young people with disabilities can be challenging, even for those who may have previously thrived at primary school. Read more here.
15 December 2016 – Inspiring programme for youth with disabilities
Life Unlimited will run Sport Waikato’s popular Sport Opportunity After School programme for young people with disabilities from next year. Read more here.
29 November 2016 – Life Unlimited welcomes refreshed Disability Strategy
29 November 2016 – Consumer Council for Waikato DHB
Life Unlimited community liaison John McIntosh writes about what a Consumer Council will mean for Waikato.
29 November 2016 – Why am I involved with cbm?
Tony McLean is a general manager for ImagineBetter. he’s also passionate about his work with cbm, an aid organisation that supports people with disabilities in some of the world’s poorest countries.
29 November 2016 – Enabling Good Lives: Kerrianne’s journey
29 November 2016 – Have a Go Day and Disability Expo on 6 December
A Have a Go Day and Disability Expo in Hamilton next week will provide an excellent opportunity to learn about accessing public buses and gain other skills and advice to enable people to live the independent life they choose.
24 November 2016 – Paralympian swimmer faces new challenge
Mary Fisher has a key message for anyone with a disability and she draws on her experiences as a world champion Para-Swimmer to illustrate its importance.
23 November 2016 – Autism journal looks at parenting on the spectrum
Three parents with autistic children have shared their experiences in the latest edition of the quarterly Altogether Autism journal out in digital form today.
The theme for the journal is Parenting on the Spectrum which according to Altogether Autism national manager Catherine Trezona comes with a unique set of challenges.
14 November 2016 – Preparing for disaster when you have hearing loss
One in six New Zealanders have a hearing impairment so an earthquake presents additional challenges to them both during and after the quake.
‘Drop, cover and hold’ is the best way to protect yourself during an earthquake. But, are you prepared for the days after an earthquake?
11 November 2016 – Gallagher’s public challenge highlights hearing issue
It was 10 minutes into the presentation.
Martin Gallagher sat in his seat 15 rows back craning to hear what the presenter was saying. She had a voice which she conveyed effectively to the crowded room, the pitch raised and steady and the volume varied in such a way that the people should have been able to hear.
11 November 2016 – Additional van added, more transport options
Hamilton Taxis has added a second mobility van to their fleet to provide a 24 hour, seven day a week service to make getting around Hamilton easier for people in mobility scooters and power wheelchairs.
3 November 2016 – Autism organisation takes strong stance on seclusion use
Altogether Autism, a free, nationwide service for autism spectrum information and advice, today welcomed education minister Hekia Parata’s announcement that seclusion rooms at schools will be made illegal under new legislation.
National manager Catherine Trezona and clinical psychologist Jenny Gibbs said seclusion rooms had been established because sometimes teachers and parents did not know what else to do.
1 November 2016 – Mobility Scooter Awareness Training Days
13 October 2016 – Power chair donated to Hamilton Zoo
A collaboration led by Friends of Hamilton Zoo has made an electric wheelchair available to mobility-impaired visitors to the popular city zoo.
12 October 2016 – Disability events
Take a look at some of the events happening over the next few months.
12 October 2016 – Disability news
More than a quarter of adults with autism are currently experiencing significant symptoms of depression, new research from one of the country’s leading autism experts has found.
12 October 2016 – Cochlear implant a chance to hear again
The nine months Margaret Hodge spent unable to hear family voices or the familiar country music songs she and husband John always played to each other, was the worst period of her life.
11 October 2016 – Radio show shines light on daily challenges
“I got sick of people coming to me with their disability issues, so I thought I better do something about it.”
11 October 2016 – New app for print disabled
A mobile app aims to make books more accessible for people who are print disabled – this includes anyone who is unable to read due to blindness, sight impairment or a physical impairment which means they are unable to hold a book.