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New Zealand – The Ultimate Journey

Watch this documentary to gain an amazing insight on all New Zealand has to offer – Start dreaming and then lets make it happen.

Click on the image below to watch the documentary.


Travel Tips for travellers with disabilities

Disabled Travel Tips
1. Call ahead. Service providers are required by law in many cases to accommodate travelers with special needs. However, most need some time to make the necessary arrangements. Mention your needs at the time of reservation, and call the provider 24 to 48 hours before your arrival to confirm that proper accommodations have been made.

2. Be specific and clear when describing a disability. Not all service providers know the “lingo” of accessible travel, or the medical terms for certain conditions. Give as many details as you can about what you can and can’t do, and don’t downplay the severity of the disability. The more information a service provider has, the better they will be able to accommodate you.

3. Be specific and clear when describing the trip to your doctor. A doctor can often prescribe measures for coping with an unusually long flight, limited medical facilities at your destination, the unavailability of prescription drugs and other pitfalls of traveling. Be prepared — in some cases, your doctor may question the advisability of travel. For more information, see Medications for Travel.

4. Take a doctor’s note and phone number. Travel with a statement from your doctor, preferably on letterhead, covering your condition, medications, potential complications, special needs and other pertinent information. Be sure you have a number where your doctor (or another medical professional) can be reached in an emergency situation at any hour of the day.

 Safety and Health Tips for Travelers

5. Bring extra medication. Many experts advise that you travel with two complete packages of essential medication in case of emergency. Store all medications and other necessary medical supplies in your carry-on bag.

6. Investigate physician availability where you will be traveling. Your doctor, health care provider, insurance company or local embassy can provide the names and contact numbers of physicians at your destination. For more information, see Health Care Abroad.

7. Carry medical alert information, preferably in a place that a medical professional or anyone who assists you will find easily (wallet card, necklace, close to your identification).

8. Consider using a specialist travel agent. Some agents provide stellar niche services; one might be very experienced in working with hearing-impaired travelers, another with developmentally impaired travelers. Since the requirements for these varied travelers can be staggeringly different, it helps to find someone who knows the ropes. Check the agent search feature at TravelSense.org to find qualified travel agents across the U.S.

airport wheelchair silhouette9. Avoid connecting flights. Although wheelchairs are the last items to be checked into the luggage compartments, and thus first to be pulled off, flying direct can save you unnecessary time and hassle. One exception: If you have trouble maneuvering into airplane lavatories, long flights may become uncomfortable — so a series of shorter flights might be a better option. If you do choose to connect, be sure to allow plenty of time between flights (we’d recommend at least 90 minutes, or two hours if you need to go through customs or security) to get from one gate to the next.

10. Allow plenty of time before your flight to check in, get through security and transfer to your gate. Arrive at least two hours before a domestic flight and three hours before an international flight — more if you’re traveling at a peak time.

11. Check in with your flight attendant before your plane lands to make a plan for exit.

12. Don’t forget about transportation to and from the airport. If you have a wheelchair, make arrangements in advance to have an accessible vehicle pick you up in your destination city.

13. Bring spare parts and tools. Wheelchairs can take tremendous abuse while traveling; assemble a small kit of spare parts and tools for emergency repairs. You may also be required to dismantle a wheelchair for certain flights or activities; make sure you and your traveling companions know how to do this.

14. Know your rights. Before going through airport security, be aware of the rules for travelers with disabilities and medical conditions. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Aviation Consumer Protection Division has a comprehensive guide to the rights of disabled air travelers.

This electric car is specifically designed for people in wheelchairs

Click here to watch the video presentation on this exciting new innovation

In 2001, Austin lawyer Stacy Zoern totaled her van. It had been customized to accommodate her wheelchair, and it could’ve cost up to $80,000 to replace. So she stopped driving altogether.

While doing some googling a decade later, Zoern discovered theKenguru (Hungarian for “kangaroo” and pronounced the same), an EV concept specifically designed for people who use wheelchairs. Its creator, Istvan Kissaroslaki, had all but given up on it, as the recession meant a big loan fell through. Zoern convinced him to move to Texas, and together they found 30 investors and raised the $4 million needed to get the car on the road. And in 12 to 18 months, drivers with disabilities will be able to snag a Kenguru!
The EV’s sticker price is about $25,000, but thanks to mobility and clean energy tax incentives, buyers may not have to pay nearly that much. The cars, which are even smaller than a Smart Car, are made in America, feature LED lights, and can go up to 25 miles per hour (they’re designed for local use, with an estimated range of 60 miles). Batteries power two 2-kW motors in the back, and the Kenguru takes about eight hours to charge.


Photos focus on disability

Lauren Priestley, January 2014

Cerebral palsy doesn’t stop Anna Nelson from feeling sexy. And she’s happy to talk about it.

The CBD resident is one of four women with physical disabilities involved in a photography exhibition called Do You Think I’m Sexy? at CCS Disability Action in Royal Oak.

The display aims to spark debate around the taboo topic of sexuality and disability and the photos were taken by each of the participants.

The pictures are not as provocative as you might imagine. One image is a close-up of a young woman’s eyes; another features a tree and another shows a flower. Each is captioned by the artist and explains their thoughts on how their sexuality relates to their disability.

Miss Nelson has cerebral palsy, an umbrella term used for a group of conditions that can affect body movement and co-ordination. The disability impacts the left side of her body, especially her left arm, and means she has low muscle tone, poor posture and balance. But the lively 34-year-old doesn’t let it define her and the exhibition is a way of showing people that.

“This is an opportunity to say ‘hey, look at me. I’m sexy’. I’m not just a woman with a disability. There’s a whole lot more to me than that.”

Living with cerebral palsy can be a mixed bag, she says.

Often it is the first thing people ask her about but at other times it is pointedly ignored.

“I don’t mind when I get asked. That way I get to tell them actually how it is instead of hoping they get it right.

“The biggest impact for me is social – the way I’m treated and the reactions I get.”

Miss Nelson was approached in mid 2011 to get involved in the exhibition and encourage other young women to do the same as part of an AUT research project.

A group of four got together and had regular discussions about the theme until late 2012.

“When I started asking around it became obvious that many young females with a disability are shy,” she says.

“In the end the group of us became comfortable enough to talk about the difficult stuff … the sexy stuff. It’s stuff that just isn’t discussed openly.”

Watching reactions at the launch of the exhibition was one of the best parts of being involved, she says. More than 100 people turned up.

“At the launch somebody asked me ‘am I going to go red?’ as in, was it going to be raunchy. I said: ‘Take a look and you tell me’. She came back and said ‘it’s nothing like I imagined – it’s better’. That was fantastic to hear.”

CCS Disability Action team leader Susan Sherrard says the exhibition is a real awareness-raising opportunity.

Ms Sherrard was originally approached by AUT researchers to find participants for the project and says the organisation was honoured to be involved.

“It’s a topic that’s important to disabled people and disabled women in particular. We are often considered to be non-sexual and not seen as sexual beings.

“I think people will get intrigued and really experience something that’s different and start thinking about disabled people and sexuality in a different way.”

Adaptive skiing for people with disabilities in New Zealand

This is a clip form one of Accessible New Zealand’s most recent tours. This was her very first time in the snow and she decided to give adaptive skiing a go. She absolutely loved it. She also went jet boating during her visit. It was so great to be a part of their experiences in New Zealand. . Everything is possible. Dream it and do it.

Click on the link to watch her in action: Adaptive skiing in New Zealand

Wish for Fish

Bryce Dinneen finally reached his dream with his fully accessible boat able to take fishing charters for people with disabilities – Huge congratulations Bryce!

Giving people with a variety of mental and physical disabilities the opportunity to experience salt water activities.

Based in the Bay of Plenty, Wish for Fish in a non-profit charitable trust which is driven by a team of trustees, patrons, ambassadors, crew and volunteers.

Wish for Fish strives to sponsor participants (and their support person) from all walks of life the simple pleasures of the ocean. Due to the nature of the participants, Wish for Fish practices an extremely high level of safety and has strict policies in place, complying with all Maritime New Zealand safety standards including experienced, qualified skippers and crew completing their obligations on surveyed, chartered vessels.

To visit the Wish for Fish Website please click on the link here.

The Untouchables – Disability in Films

This is an amazing French film which will touch all your emotions. In France Les Intouchables, as it is known there, is the second-highest-grossing domestically produced film of all time. A true story about a man who becomes a quadriplegic from a paragliding accident, an aristocrat, he hires a young man from the projects to be his caretaker. I wont say anymore but i highly recommend you watch it. Enjoy.

Click on the image below to view the trailer for this film. The Untouchables