Edith Morris of Hamilton has very few regrets in her life despite getting polio in 1945 when only six months old.
You know you’ve found a diamond when you come across a video blurb that reads, “Freedom Nathan tells it like it is with an infectious sense of humour. She’s a farm girl who likes to go fishing and hunting with her cousins…the fact she completely lost her sight at age 5 hasn’t stopped her living life to the full”.
Living at home with family and whānau can be a great option for people with disabilities. The advantages are being able to enjoy a stable, familiar home environment with people who care.
Community residential homes are an option for some people who need a higher level of support, as often there is a caregiver on-site to help out.
Does the person you support need help setting up a flat with friends – possibly others with a disability as well? Flatting or house-sharing is a great option if a person doesn’t want to live alone but wants to gain some independence.
Enabling Good Lives has thrown a lifeline to Kerrianne and her family. It gives them the flexibility to use funding for the supports they need. In Kerrianne’s case, travelling to and from the activities she loves is a high priority.
Barbara Tane’s father worked until he was 82; there is every chance she will do the same. “I can’t see myself stopping soon.” An older brother and sister in their mid-70s still work full-time; another has just retired.
If you feel you need some extra support when dealing with organisations, healthcare providers or government departments like Work and Income, here are some places you can get advice.
Life skills – such as cooking a simple meal, getting dressed or using electronic banking – may not always seem like exciting tasks to learn but they are all very important in the process of gaining independence.
If you live in certain regions of New Zealand, you might be interested in new programmes and initiatives that use the New Model for disability support – offering greater choice, control and flexibility