Kayaking, swimming and go karting provided children living with diabetes a memorable kiwi summer when the annual Waikato Diabetes Kids Camp was held at the Kauaeranga Valley Christian Camp in Thames earlier this year.
Whānau, family and carers
Sandra Wood describes herself as forthright, and it’s her frank outspokenness that makes the Gisborne local an ideal candidate for a national disabled leadership group.
When a customer with a disability comes to the counter at Hamilton City Council, they know they’re going to be treated appropriately thanks to a training programme running at the council with a local charitable trust. The Disability Start workshops facilitated by Life Unlimited have now expanded into other areas of the council where staff interact…
It was Martha Hancey who first spotted three years ago her older sister Cecilia had something wrong with her right breast.
Cecilia, 65, known to those in the Hancey family as Bub and to everyone else that knows her as Celia, was in the shower when Martha saw the inverted nipple.
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.
Eve Ruth is warm and friendly. She’s a good listener and happy to have a chat – all the qualities that make for a good friend. But after managing a long illness, Eve found the friendships she once enjoyed had vanished. An adult education programme in Hamilton called Life Friends has set her on the path to making and sustaining new connections.
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 age 5 hasn’t stopped her living life to the full.
Special Olympian Kym O’Grady went from being bullied as a child to the top of the podium in China. She credits her parents for supporting her to be independent and encouraging her to succeed even when she doubted herself.
When 17-year-old Kat Speidell applied to join the Global Leaders Delegation on a 20-day tour of Europe, she was up against masters students from universities all around the country. Kat didn’t think she had a chance — not that she let that stop her when she heard about the opportunity.
Sophie Turner lives with obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and Tourette Syndrome (Tourette’s). She’s also been diagnosed with autism. It’s an impressive string of letters, but Sophie hasn’t let it get in the way of her goals.