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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Advice service for hard of hearing Oamaru residents

14 December 2020 – Smoke alerting devices for the hard of hearing save lives when installed and thanks to a partnership between Fire and Emergency New Zealand and Life Unlimited Charitable Trust they can now be quickly installed in Oamaru and potentially fully funded. Fire and Emergency New Zealand fire risk management officer Mark Bredenbeck…

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Hard of hearing? Strategies to cope

10 December 2020 – Roly Ellis developed a hearing loss over time starting when he drove tanks while serving in the British Army. But it was well into his second term as Tararua District mayor many years later that hearing things in his work environment became more of a challenge. He struggled to hear at…

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Hearing loss no problem for job seeker

12 November 2020 – Resha Bhana is ready to find herself a job having overcome teasing and a lack of confidence caused by hearing loss in both ears. The 23-year-old Taranaki horticulture student hopes her love of tramping, gardening, crafts and baking make her an employable option but until then she will continue to visit…

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Pitfalls to lockdown when you cannot hear

You might be in lockdown, but you are not alone! In the last few weeks we have seen COVID-19 return to New Zealand in the form of the Delta variant. New Zealand is in various stages of lockdown. During this time, we don’t want people with hearing loss to feel unsupported. You may feel a…

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Contributors

Mary Anne Gill is communications manager at Enrich Life, a shared services agency providing back-office support to charitable trusts, including Life Unlimited. She has worked in the newspaper and publishing industry for more than 40 years, has owned her own community newspaper and printing company and been an award-winning journalist including a two-time winner of…

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Sophie Lynch – Pegasus, Canterbury

“I’m doing a diploma in business at Ara Institute of Canterbury. I started doing four courses this year. I did a certificate in business at Ara last year. I like numbers, I like logic. I’m good at spreadsheets. It was a pretty major achievement for me because I was doing NCEA Level 3 as well.…

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Jessica Hita, Tuhoro and Te Aurere Hita-Paki – Hamilton

“We moved in with Mum and Dad in their four-bedroomed Horotiu house. There were eight of us in all. We enjoyed it, we found it a bit easier. It was good having them all around. Everyone who stayed here are Te Aurere’s favourite people. We thought during Lockdown we were going to be with Te…

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Tyrone Cook – Hamilton

“Before Lockdown I was going out, going to the gym, going shopping, met up with my mum once or twice a week and my support worker would take me op shopping, I love op shopping. And then Covid-19 happened. At the time there were five of us living here, then Steve died. He had Huntington’s…

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