Disabled from age 10. Before I was able to do the things below I first needed to learn to breathe walk and talk, doing that as a child made me strong but empathetic.
I owned and managed one of the biggest telephone repair companies in Auckland in the late 80s when the telecommunications market was deregulated I employed 4 disabled and personally trained them in well-paying meaningful work as telephone / electronic service people.
We featured on the TVNZ Success program as well as newspapers and magazines all stories about our success.
Employing the same people I owned and managed PlayStation repairs New Zealand servicing PlayStations from all over NZ a lot of our work involved data recovery and red light of death repairs on PlayStations.
I worked for many years privately with Auckland city council and Manukau council and the court system to enforce disability access issues with several large restaurant chains and clubs throughout Auckland.
After moving to Whangarei six years ago I negotiated with our local Briscoes store over accessibility within the store. This also involved discussions with the National Briscoes NZ manager who traveled to Whangarei to view and advise on improving accessibility.
I advised ASB Walton street Whangarei that I believed the pedestrian entranceways provided were unsafe after a disabled person had fallen at the location.
I was able to convince ASB to provide safe pedestrian entranceways this involved the addition of two concrete pathways, matching the plan I had given them.
I worked with WDC and the promoters of the canopy bridge markets to have permanent safe access ways. This involved closing the small inner carpark on market days and a better stall layout.
I worked with events promotion at Toll stadium to educate and improve accessibility for all future events.
Working in my role as co-chair of the council disability advisory group. I asked for and had a one on one meeting with a senior council staff member. Following this meeting, WDC introduced for the first time a written accessibility plan to cover all events.
This plan was sent to the disability advisory group I co-chair, we as a group have refined this plan which is now being used.
Northland DHB Whangarei Hospital carpark, I asked for safe pedestrian entranceways from the roadway into the hospital grounds this involved the addition of two concrete pathways and protective steel bollards again matching the plan I had given them.
At my home office, I meet with the Northland DHB facilities manager and an engineer we went over plans for the DHB 7 year construction plan. I suggested some changes resulting in plan changes over accessibility.
I joined the WDC Disability Advisory Group at the beginning of this year I have attended all set meetings and also hastily arranged meetings. I am co-chair of the council disability advisory group.
I asked WDC for a safe useable pedestrian footpath at the main Whangarei dog park this involved the addition of a concrete pathway.
In the streets surrounding PakNSave Whangarei, I asked WDC for new safer curb cuts and footpath intersections.
I received 6 corners where new curb cuts and small sections of footpaths have been replaced.
I have accomplished many more things.
I ask for a change I often get change in concrete literary.