I would like to be part of the accessibility reference group because I want to make a difference in the outcomes for disabled people.
I have a vision I have the passion I believe in a can-do attitude I like to remove what I perceive as a barrier to obtaining a better life for New Zealand's disabled people.
I have a lot to contribute.
I am aged 61 I have 51 years of lived experience my disabilities are complicated, to say the least, but include mobility speaking, and breathing.
I identify as a European New Zealander but have Maori heritage, I am on the Maori roll
I would love the opportunity to join this group and attend in person but also have the option of attending remotely.
This will tell you a bit about my connections I have to the community.
1# I am currently deputy chair on the Whangarei district council disability advisory group, I have held this position for two years. I am applying for another two-year term, my attendance record is 100% I have never missed a meeting.
2# I was chairman of DPA Northland for a time I resigned because we did not have enough active members in Northland. I remain a DPA member.
3# I am an online advocate for many disability-related causes. I have been trying to change the culture around the stigma many disabled feel in employment.
4# I ran for Whangarei District Council in the last local body elections, I had a very low budget and faced many hurdles along the way.
However, I did receive a good number of votes and I learned a lot. I will be running again and expect to do better with a good chance of success because I did learn.
5# Socail media I am an advocate for the rights of the disabled, as such I have branded the keyword phase Disability Advisory Group I have the full social media network under this name including Gmail and websites.
As time allows me to I communicate globally with other disability organizations.
6# Continuing on social media I have many connections and my disabled or positivity-related posts receive on average 1500 likes per week.
7# I have recently launched myself as a photographer with a love of living things. I walk but not well I also use a wheelchair most of my photography currently is of birds with a focus on Tui.
My Tui photos are equal to the top photos and world-class. I have embraced social media to share my images the reaction has been very big with my photography based posts receiving thousands of likes weekly.
8# Employment for the disabled I have advocated long and hard for better work outcomes for the disabled, despite my efforts very little progress has been made in the last 40 years, the employment statistics have barely changed.
If I am successful with this application I have lots of ideas I would like to share.
As above I get concrete results
Below is a sample of some websites I have made. I can do the job but struggle with potential customers just not accepting my phone voice and being scared away.
For the customers, I do have they are all happy.
I want to teach and employ other disabled as I have done in the past