Access Ability and Life Unlimited to merge

3 May 2021 – Two leading national disability organisations will merge from July 1.  Life Unlimited and Access Ability, both charitable trusts with a long involvement in the health and disability sector across New Zealand, say the merger will position them as a new organisation for the future which includes upholding the rights of disabled people to take control of their own…

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Communication pitfalls for the hard of hearing

When you’re hard of hearing, one of the worst experiences is when you and the person on the other side of the counter or desk are trying to get the messages through. It makes for another challenging day for those who are hard of hearing and for the person trying to communicate with you. Life…

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Deafness and Hearing Loss

Over 5% of the world’s population – or 466 million people – has disabling hearing loss (432 million adults and 34 million children). It is estimated that by 2050 over 900 million people – or one in every 10 people – will have disabling hearing loss. Disabling hearing loss refers to hearing loss greater than…

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Hearing care for All!

Life Unlimited is supporting the World Health Organization’s World Hearing Day on Wednesday 3 March calling it a “massive call to action” for New Zealand. The theme for World Hearing Day is Hearing Call for ALL! Screen, Rehabilitate, Communicate. The day will mark the launch of the first-ever World Report on Hearing which presents a…

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Coronavirus COVID-19 Service Updates

Covid-19 Update noon Friday 12 March 2021 – Auckland moves to Covid-19 Level 1 Auckland has joined the rest of the country in alert level 1. Covid-19 Update 4pm Friday 5 March 2021 – Auckland moves to Covid-19 Level 2, New Zealand Level 1 Cabinet agreed today that Auckland would move back to Covid-19 Level…

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John McIntosh

Disability advocate on humour, invention and rebellion

Drums were an unlikely choice of instrument for a young John McIntosh. He was born with scoliosis – a severe curvature of the spine. Typical symptoms include limited mobility and heart and lung difficulties – the type of symptoms that make lugging around a drum kit challenging.

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Don’t let hearing loss ruin social occasions

Social occasions allow us to take a break and reconnect with family and friends, but they can be stressful for those who experience hearing loss. Wellington hearing therapist, Linda Hatten, has some great tips to make social gatherings more enjoyable.

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