John McIntosh was born with scoliosis – or curvature of the spine – although John’s never let his disability slow him down. But, he admits, as he gets older his disability is having a bigger impact on daily life.
Huhana Hickey a.k.a. Dr Hu is an outspoken advocate for disabled people. She describes how ageing has taught her to accept and celebrate who she is.
As a teenager Jess Quinn did all she could to disguise her prosthetic and pass for “normal.” Today she embrasses her uniqueness and inspires other amputees through social media.
Auckland school boy Brooklyn started signing when he was two. He’s used to people staring when he signs – usually they just want him to teach them some simple phrases.
Always the joker, Iziyah fields some deep questions with his Mum Dani. He knows he looks a little different but he’d rather you didn’t stare, “just come and say hi!”
Debra Lampshire describes herself as an ‘explorer of the mind’. She explains how traumatic experiences when she was young inspired her to advocate for more compassion for those living with mental health issues.
Freedom 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.
Daniel Holt is a talented graphic designer, he also happens to be Albino. In this short video he explains how his ‘disability’ gives him an advantage over his colleagues.
Gowan knows he doesn’t always pick up on the subtle social cues – he’s here to ask for a little patience and understanding.
Fe lives with Spina Bifida, from an early age her dedicated mum worked with Fe to ensure she woud be able to walk. Now Fe is studying occupational therapy and wants to use her life experience to help others reach their full potential.