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#88 Consider making a small Donation

Posted by Admin on 06 December 2014 - 01:59 PM

Consider making a small Donation to one of the three (3) very deserving charities listed below.
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When you donate money to the Salvation Army food bank you’re helping to provide one of life's most basic necessities to those who need it most.

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#961 For "public Record"

Posted by BLURB on 26 November 2015 - 01:42 PM

Posted elsewhere by "Flowers" in response to the above post on 27 May 2008 - 06:23 PM

Has it ever been any different?

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#613 Beware of bogus emails offering Windows 10 upgrade

Posted by Admin on 03 August 2015 - 10:17 AM

Beware of bogus emails offering Windows 10 upgrade
Last updated 09:59, August 3 2015


Spam emails masquerading as legitimate copies of Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system contain ransomware attachments.


Some hackers are exploiting Microsoft's offer of free upgrades to its new Windows 10 operating system.


Security researchers are warning about a wave of bogus spam emails with malicious attachments, labelled as if they're legitimate copies of the new program.


The attachments contain a "ransomware" program that, when opened, locks all the data on a computer and demands payment to release them.




* Windows 10: What you need to know
* How many computers are now running Windows 10?
* Say goodbye to password with Windows 10's Hello
* Minecraft launch for Windows 10 unveiled


Researchers at Cisco Systems say the emails are designed to look like an official upgrade notice from Microsoft, but several words have random, out-of-place letters and punctuation.


Another important clue: Microsoft says its update mechanism provides computer owners with a notice on their screens - not via email - when a direct Internet download is available. Experts warn against clicking on files that come with unsolicited emails.


- AP



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#540 The RealMe service is officially backed by the government

Posted by Admin on 05 June 2015 - 04:27 PM

RealMe® lets you easily and securely prove your identity online, plus access lots of online services with a single username and password.


Safe, secure and officially backed by the government

The RealMe service is officially backed by the government, and was created in partnership by the Department of Internal Affairs and New Zealand Post. RealMe is built to make doing things online easy and very secure. Anyone living in New Zealand can apply for a verified RealMe account.



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#514 Did Ron Mark just say that?

Posted by Admin on 20 May 2015 - 09:29 PM

Image source http://www.stuff.co....k-just-say-that

MP Ron Mark swore during Question Time in Parliament - and the sign interpreter (top right corner) translated.



I nominate the lady (Sign Interpreter) in the picture, who-ever she is, for the "Sign Interpreter of the year" Award!
No one can beat that, that's genuine, she is a true Kiwi!


And she appears to be smiling at the same time  :) 
You go girl!



Make sure you share this post with your twitter followers around New Zealand and the World. Let's get her that Award. She really deserves it!



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#303 is it alright for me to mow my own lawns?

Posted by L1 Incomplete on 13 January 2015 - 08:45 AM

I am wheelchair dependant and I have decided that I am capable of mowing my own lawns, whilst it is probably not safe I can not afford to pay for them to de done.

I use a TDX-SP Powerchair and a battery powered Enviromower. It's relatively easy for me to hold the mower with my left hand and control the chair with my right.

A friend of mine who is battling ACC is adamant that I should not mow my lawns; He says that if I am seen doing them ACC will be doing what ever they can to close my case.

I am not receiving any ACC financial compensation as I was unemployed at the time of my accident in 2006.

I don’t see any problems in what I am doing as I am in my power-chair and in effect all I am doing is pushing the mower from a seated position, I lean over to one side to detach the catcher and re-attach it once it is empty.

How could this be an issue and how could it affect my claim?



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#173 Computer Zen

Posted by Admin on 16 December 2014 - 04:43 AM

Computer Zen
In Japan, they have replaced the impersonal and unhelpful Microsoft error
messages with Haiku poetry messages. Haiku poetry has strict construction
rules - each poem has only 17 syllables; 5 syllables in the first, 7 in the
second, 5 in the third. They are used to communicate a timeless message,
often achieving a wistful, yearning and powerful insight through extreme
Here are 15 actual error messages from Japan that are the essence of Zen:
Your file was so big.
It might be very useful.
But now it is gone.
The Web site you seek
Cannot be located, but
Countless more exist.
Chaos reigns within.
Reflect, repent, and reboot.
Order shall return.
Program aborting:
Close all that you have worked on.
You ask far too much.
Windows NT crashed.
I am the Blue Screen of Death.
No one hears your screams.
Yesterday it worked.
Today it is not working.
Windows is like that.
First snow, then silence.
This thousand-dollar screen dies
So beautifully.
With searching comes loss
And the presence of absence:
"My Novel" not found.
The Tao that is seen
Is not the true Tao- until
You bring fresh toner.
Stay the patient course.
Of little worth is your ire.
The network is down.
A crash reduces
Your expensive computer
To a simple stone.
Three things are certain:
Death, taxes and lost data.
Guess which has occurred.
You step in the stream,
But the water has moved on.
This page is not here.
Having been erased,
The document you're seeking
Must now be retyped.
Serious error.
All shortcuts have disappeared.
Screen. Mind. Both are blank.
Aren't these better than "your computer has performed an illegal operation?
Don't ya just love it?
Found them on the web a few years ago, thought I would share them with you all.

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#1277 How To Make Google Forget Your Most Embarrassing Searches

Posted by Admin on 07 July 2016 - 09:10 AM

How to make Google forget your most embarrassing searches



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#997 Surprise Cabinet Reshuffle Will See Judith Collins Return To Corrections

Posted by Grumpy on 07 December 2015 - 02:29 PM

She's Back! Judith Collins, breathing down the PM's neck...




From: #FoxyCartoons https://twitter.com/...rtoons?src=hash

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#592 $6m payout for botched treatment

Posted by Admin on 12 July 2015 - 11:36 AM

$6m payout for botched treatment

Russell Blackstock

5:00 AM Sunday Jul 12, 2015



Janine Abery and her husband Tristan Rosevear.


A Kiwi man has been awarded more than $6 million in compensation after being left brain damaged due to inadequate hospital care in Britain.


Tristan Rosevear, 47, spent nine weeks in intensive care after delays in treating septic arthritis in his left hip at St Mary's Hospital in central London in November 2010.


He experienced multiple organ failure and had to be resuscitated. He also suffered a stroke and required brain surgery.


Now back home in New Zealand, he still struggles to communicate and has limited mobility.


The former telecommunications executive was last month awarded the settlement package, worth about 3m ($6.8m), from the National Health Service Litigation Authority in the UK, on behalf of the central London hospital where he was treated.


It includes a lump sum of about $3.4m and annual payments for the next 20 years for his rehabilitation and care.


The hospital also paid for Rosevear and his partner Janine Abery to be flown back to New Zealand on a medical plane. The couple were living in London when he took ill and returned home almost four years ago.


Abery, 48, from Wellington, gave up a film industry career as a production coordinator to become his carer. She had worked on hit movies such as the Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Constant Gardener.


When contacted by the Herald on Sunday on Friday, Abery declined to comment about the payout. Rosevear's family - who own and operate the award-winning Mahoe Cheese company in the Bay of Islands - also declined to comment.


But Abery earlier told London-based newspaper the Evening Standard it had been a "long road" to win a settlement.


"It has been more than four-and-half years since Tristan's stroke, and frustrating they didn't see fit to settle earlier than they did," she said.


"I hope the NHS can up its game so nobody else's family has to suffer what Tristan has."


Rosevear has continued his rehabilitation in New Zealand and has attended a help group for stroke victims on the Kapiti Coast.


"He is a different person now, though he has improved tenfold," Abery told the Evening Standard. "He is unable to read, write or speak coherently to anyone who doesn't know him."


Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, which runs St Mary's Hospital apologised "unreservedly" for the treatment at its hospital in 2010.


"The standard of care fell below that which we strive to provide," a Trust spokesperson said.


"We carried out an investigation and measures have been put in place to ensure we deliver the safe, high quality care that our patients deserve."


Mark Vivian, chief executive of the Stroke Foundation of New Zealand believed such a high payout for a similar medical blunder here would be unlikely.


"A situation like Mr Rosevear's would probably qualify for compensation from ACC because it was the result of a medical error," he said. "But in New Zealand we tend to underestimate the financial effects of someone having a stroke."


- Herald on Sunday


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#538 TRS (Total Rehabilitation Services)

Posted by Admin on 05 June 2015 - 09:44 AM

TRS (Total Rehabilitation Services) is an AON company.


Does your employer use AON?


Is your injury file being managed by TRS?


We want to hear from you. 

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#436 Follow Cyclone Pam as it passes New Zealand.

Posted by BLURB on 16 March 2015 - 11:54 AM

Follow Cyclone Pam as it passes New Zealand.





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#326 Doctor visits go online with Doctor2Go

Posted by Admin on 17 January 2015 - 12:17 PM

Doctor visits go online with Doctor2Go


Last updated 12:37, January 16 2015



Doctor visits will be the latest service to go online with the launch next month of Doctor2Go, a premium-priced "medical concierge" service that lets patients consult GPs by video through their web browser.


Doctor2Go is targeting corporate clients as well as individuals, arguing companies that enroll executives can expect improved productivity as a result of staff getting medical advice early and spending less time travelling to and sitting around in waiting rooms.


The service is a joint venture between Waitemata-registered GP clinic Third Age Health and private equity firm Hatch Equity and will initially only be available to Auckland residents.


But Third Age Health's American-born chief executive and Hatch Equity investor Michael Haskell later hopes to license its technology to the Health Ministry or district health boards (DHBs) who he believes could subsidise the service for low income or rural patients. Discussions are also taking place with a possible customer in Britain, he says.


Doctor2Go looks set to test both the rules on GP capitation funding and consumers' expectations of what to pay for GP visits.


It hopes to persuade clients to make it their official primary healthcare provider. But its service will not come cheap, with on an ongoing charge of $99 a month plus a minimum fee of $59 per 15 minute video-consultation for individuals. Discounts will be available to companies that enroll at least three staff.


Doctors will be on hand 24 hours a day and will visit clients on request at their home or office for a minimum extra fee of $199, or $299 after-hours.


Haskell explains it doesn't expect to be a "monster practice" and instead hopes to attract between 3000 and 5000 Auckland patients.


"I know it is going to be seen as valuable to corporate human resources departments for senior executives.


"We want to be a practice for people who are time-poor and value their time at $80 to $100 an hour or above. Folks who are happy sit in a waiting room for hours to get a six or eight minute consultation with a doctor aren't our target market."


Haskell says the fees would come down if Doctor2Go achieves its goal of qualifying for capitation funding, which entitles GP clinics to an annual subsidy of between $63 and $238 per adult patient, depending on patients' age and gender. Higher subsidies apply for children and patients with major ongoing medical conditions.


"Our expectation is we will receive some capitation funding but that is not set in stone," he says.


New Zealand Medical Association deputy chairman Dr Kate Baddock believes Doctor2Go may face challenges in that regard because of its charges.


Based on the information on its website, she doubts Doctor2Go would end up providing a complete service to patients "irrespective of how they are marketing it", because not all types of consultation could be conducted online and its fees deterred face-to-face visits.


"If you are going to provide a complete GP service you have got to provide full screening, and how are you going to do a cervical smear or provide vaccinations online?


"If they are saying you can have a 'face-to-face' for $200, that is going to deter a number of people getting access to the entire comprehensive service we are referring to."


As far as she is aware there are no other similar services currently operating in New Zealand. But Baddock says many GPs are setting up patient portals that let patients book appointments and check test results online, and sometimes seek advice from their GP via secure email for an extra fee.


Such portals, developed as a "natural extension" to existing surgeries, might prove a better alternative to "stand-alone" online medical concierge services, she believes. Many GPs see following-up consultations with a short phone call when required as part of their service, she adds.


Doctor2Go also appears set to test some boundaries set out in a non-binding "position statement" on telehealth issued last year by the Medical Council of New Zealand.


The council's advice is that doctors should see a patient face-to-face or have a colleague verify their identity before issuing a new prescription for any medicine.


It says doctors have the right to decide whether a remote consultation is appropriate but need to be aware of the "inherent risks in providing treatment when a physical examination of the patient was not possible".


Haskell says the guidelines are good and there to safeguard everyone but believes it is inevitable that as a new advance Doctor2Go will result in the profession "relooking at how we do things".


He estimates three-quarters of consultations could take place by video and its GPs could prescribe new medications to patients after video-consultations if it was "100 per cent obvious" what was needed.


"This service is not designed for people to get a prescription from a doctor who has no knowledge of them or to step out of the current ethical responsibilities. It is designed purely to enhance the quality, timeliness and accessibility of care.


"If it is obvious what the patient needs, I would say it is in the patient's best interest to get that prescription sooner."


Third Age Health is already something of a pioneer in the sector. It doesn't have a physical clinic and its 15 GPs instead travel to patients, specialising in providing care to people in rest homes.


"All of our doctors have laptops and smartphone and all of our patient data is cloud-stored."


It was out of that business that the idea for Doctor2Go was born, Haskell says.


"What we realised is we had a big problem reaching our rural patients in a timely fashion. None of the suppliers in New Zealand or Australia had a video-based solution that worked so we decided to build it. We then realised the New Zealand market was void of this style of medical concierge service.


"The technology stack is very secure and the unique component is none of our communications ever leave New Zealand's shores, unlike a video-conferencing service such as Skype."


Another of Hatch Equity's investors is Matthew Jackson, co-founder of Bypass Network Services, the company behind the "Global Mode" service that lets Slingshot and Orcon internet users access blocked overseas websites such as the United States version of Netflix.


Haskell describes Hatch Equity as a group of four technology entrepreneurs, plus himself, who created the company to build out software platforms, primarily in healthcare, adding it has another couple of projects on the horizon.


- Stuff



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#304 is it alright for me to mow my own lawns?

Posted by Wendy on 13 January 2015 - 11:16 AM

I apologise if this is a silly question as you've stated you're capable (and most probably happy?) of doing that but have you approached WINZ for any assistance as in providing financial support to cover the cost of paying for someone to mow your lawns for you?

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#3 Welcome

Posted by Admin on 27 November 2014 - 06:01 AM

Welcome to ACCforum.nz
The purpose of this forum is to ensure that those individuals who are injured do not suffer through ignorance of their ACC Claimants rights and responsibilities, or of the many services available, or through an inability to express their needs effectively.
ACCforum.nz is for those who need and or can provide quality information, support, guidance, or other assistance.
Like most great online communities you can view everything we have to offer without being a member, but must register as a member to post in our community.
Registering (creating an account) is free. It is also a very quick and easy process that requires minimal information from you to be part of our ACCforum.nz community.
In order to prevent registrations from spam users, please use a “sensible” user name (ie. one that can be recognised as a sensible user name) and complete the rest of the form.
Once you are a member you can
Get your own profile page.
Start new topics and reply to others.
Send personal messages to other members.
Publish your Personal story | Case file.
Share your experiences - good or bad.
Be amongst others who are injured and suffering at the hands of the ACC
and much much more
ACCforum.nz began it's life at midday, on the 27th day of November, 2014.
It has been slowly evolving since that date.


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#187 Merry Christmas Everyone

Posted by Mike on 18 December 2014 - 10:25 AM



I'm new here and want to also say Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone.


I can't wait until this forum is properly opened early next year because I have a good feeling it is going to evolve into one hell of a popular online ACC Claimants community.


Take care, Merry Christmas to you all.


Mike T.

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#1458 ACC admits 'despicable' treatment of Christchurch claimant

Posted by Admin on 07 May 2017 - 03:37 PM

ACC admits 'despicable' treatment of Christchurch claimant
Last updated 05:00, May 7 2017

-Watch video at stuff
DAVID WALKER/Stuff.co.nz

Hugh Donald has had years of issues dealing with ACC. This month ACC acknowledged they treated him "despicably" and offered him a lump sum payment. Donald wants an independent mediator to hear his case and justice - not to be bought off quietly.

A Tiwai smelter worker has received an extraordinary apology from ACC for what it admits was "despicable" treatment of him over a period of over three decades.

Christchurch man Hugh Donald, 68, developed asthma while working at the smelter between 1978 and 1983, when he supervised pots of molten aluminium without appropriate protection from fumes and alumina dust.

Donald lost 30 per cent of the capacity of his lungs when they were poisoned by toxic fumes in the late 1970s.

Now, 36-years later, Donald had been given two separate payments of $10,000 and an apology, but said he wanted an independent review of his case and to protect others from being badly treated by the ACC.

* Christchurch quake rescuer wins fight for ACC cover
* Injured worker left in agony
* Hawke's Bay couple win eight-year ACC battle
* Radiation victim calls ACC 'scumbags'



Donald, 68, said poor treatment by ACC caused him to throw pig poo around the Dunedin ACC office.

Just weeks after he started the job in 1978 he began having coughing fits, and struggled to breathe. Doctors told him it was just a cough and cold.

Donald made his first claim to ACC in 1981 after being diagnosed with asthma – he quit the job for the good of his health in 1983.

Since then, he says he has suffered 80 life-threatening asthma attacks, spending many nights in hospital.


ACC has apologised to Donald for "despicable" treatment over three decades.

Donald said he was made to prove his asthma had developed as a result of his workplace and that it wasn't a pre-existing condition before his claim was accepted.

"You've got a tight chest and you're struggling to breathe and....until whatever medication kicks in it's like someone has got a belt and it's tightening around your chest. You can't get the air in."

Donald says his relationship with ACC soured quickly, and the ongoing battle had brought him close to suicide two years ago.

He said ACC had refused to pay his medical costs, underpaid him his weekly compensation, stopped his payments without explanation and failed to pay for medical services or his medication such as a nebuliser and St John Ambulance fees, he said.
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In 1982, ACC issued an internal memo about Donald written by the ACC controller stating he was a "classic example of someone trying to make the most he can out of his disability".

"I think his main problem is to determine how much he can screw out of the corporation by way of lump sum compensation."

Donald said after one hospital stay in 1999 his weekly compensation payments had virtually stopped.

He ended up lashing out when a branch manager refused to meet with him to explain and he hurled a bucket of pig manure around the Dunedin office.

At the time, he said: "You have given me s... for the last 19 years – you've given me too much and I brought some back".

"They could see I was distressed and they made me stand around for 45 minutes

In August 2015, Donald found ACC had deposited $10,000 into his account without explanation.

The ACC admitted this year that their treatment of him had been "despicable".

In March, Donald met with ACC's Southern area central manager Darren Vaeluaga and he acknowledged the poor treatment of Donald.

He said the deposit of $10,000 in August 2015 was "in consideration for the hurt and harm ACC has caused you throughout your claim.

Vaeluaga wrote in meeting minutes "one staff member seemed intent on continuing to frustrate and anger you."

"I considered this behaviour despicable and I acknowledged that we (ACC) did not treat you well at all, we did not listen to you, and we were absolutely wrong to have treated you that way."

Vaeluaga​ admitted staff had refused to engage with Donald and acted "completely inappropriately".

He offered Donald a further $10,000 to cover legal expenses resulting from the pig poo incident and as an acknowledgement of his own actions.

Donald said the apology and offer of compensation was not enough to make up for his treatment and he wanted his story heard by an independent mediator as he had lost trust in the organisation.

"ACC need to acknowledge publicly what they are doing to not just me but a lot of people, they have to acknowledge it ...and they have to be brought to account."

An ACC spokesman said ACC has agreed to mediation and acknowledged Donald had been treated poorly.

"ACC acknowledges that in the past we badly managed Mr Donald's claim, and failed to provide him with support and assistance of a standard that he could rightly expect, and that ACC itself would expect".

- Stuff



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#1354 A Travisty Of Justice

Posted by billbus on 05 December 2016 - 06:29 PM

Letter to all Members of Parliament/pp/all newapaper editors/Human rights commission/Geneva/ Chief executive officerAcc/ Dr John Monigati/and Dr Greg Finucane


Saturday 18th May 2002 dawned bright sunny and warm.

By 10am there was going to be a horrific accident on HW 27 and a teenager would be dead and a truck driver would survive but may as well have died

The truck drivers life had been wrecked beyond belief.{ Coroner’s words }

It is now 2015 And the truck driver still feels as though the teen is sitting on his shoulder.

He had physical injuries as well as mental injuries as a result of having to battle to save his own life.
He also accomplished an unprecedented feat of having an horrific accident and been told that he had not had an accident at all?!!!! 
The first health professional that he seen was a Dr and this Dr told him that he will have to pay the full cost of the visit because Acc would not recognise your injuries.
I had always thought that Acc were 24/7 no fault, at least that is what their advertising always says.
But I quickly learnt that Acc do not lose any sleep over discriminating against people, in fact some of their staff are experts at it.
I now had to contend with an Acc Corporation that is corrupt to the core. A 2001 change to the Acc Legalisation that took effect on the first of April 2002 just 6 weeks before my accident allowed them to discriminate against me and others.
{ I will always believe that the changes that were bulldozed through Parliament by
power mad  Birch were illegal because there was not an honest majority and there were lies told in Parliament during it’s passage.}
So my interpretation of the Bill that was passed in March 2001 is that it was a piece of shit ,and that all Members of Parliament that helped to pass this piece of shit should be ashamed to call themselves a human being. My own personal belief is the Governor General should have had the balls to refuse the consent but I have since found out the GG’s job is just a rubber stamp job.
  But a very dedicated advocate and his friends plus myself put pressure on the Government to change this discriminatory law and in 2008 the Labour Government and their Acc Minister Maryann Street changed the law and fixed the anomaly.
However after a long and dedicated effort to get justice I have been beaten back by an insensitive employer, in the first instance.
And a corrupt Acc along with their corrupt Dr’s and 2 bit lawyers. Also their corrupt reviewers

Review  No 44052

The review decision was not based on the mountain of medical evidence that was presented on my behalf.

In fact all of the medical evidence was discarded in favour of the DSM-IV that was mentioned by the 2 Corporation Dr’s This is a Diagnostic and Statistical Manual in America.

For the record the reviewer found that I did not have an accident as defined and that what I had was an unpleasant experience.
3 of the Dr’s on my side had 120 years experience in their field of expertise and John Monigati for acc has none but John Monigati was able to rubbish their evidence ?
The 2 Dr’s and the reviewer for the corporation totally disregarded a mountain of evidence presented on my behalf  and made a finding based on the dsm-iv manual instead .
Acc are allowed to use non treating Dr’s to write reports that will disentitle vulnerable people, without any regard to the treating Dr’s notes and comments. In my case the treating Dr was a consultant with 30 years experience in his field of expertise ,and he was overridden by 2 low life claytons dr’s with no expertise in the field they were making a judgment on.
 I find it bloody disgusting that this is allowed to happen. THE Acc law is a piece of shit in the truest sense of the word. A drunk driver has more rights than I do!!
Bruce Gardiner  264 Borman rd Hamilton 3210    ph 078545539/0272455674
264 Borman rd
Hamilton 3210





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#1108 Not All Disabilities Are Visible

Posted by Olive Oyl on 21 January 2016 - 01:08 PM

Much like .....


Not all Injuries are visible!

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#1107 Not All Disabilities Are Visible

Posted by Crusty on 21 January 2016 - 12:43 PM

Invercargill woman with Crohn's disease abused for using disabled car park
Last updated 13:24, January 21 2016

Invercargill resident abused for taking disabled car park
A disabled Invercargill resident has been abused for taking disabled car park.

An Invercargill woman says she was told to "piss off" after she parked in a disabled carpark, despite clearly displaying a mobility parking permit.

Tiger Stevens has had Crohn's disease since 2009 and said the incident on Tuesday left her in tears, embarrassed and reluctant to use her right to a disabled car park in future.

Stevens said the man in a wheelchair and the woman he was with judged her before she even left her car. Her mobility parking permit was clearly visible on her windscreen.

"I hadn't even got out of my car and I saw their faces and I just knew."

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The couple told Pak 'n Save staff Stevens was using the disabled car park without reason, she said.

Invercargill resident Tiger Stevens, who has had Crohn's disease since 2009, was accused of faking an illness at a supermarket carpark by another disabled customer.

Even though her mobility parking permit was clearly visible, at the top of her windscreen, and she had stickers on her bumper.

"They'd gone into the supermarket and they told [staff] that I'd parked in a disabled parking area, and I knew immediately what was happening."

Pak 'n Save staff were understanding, Stevens said.

"I told them [staff] what was wrong with me and they were happy with it."

The couple passed her while she was explaining her circumstances to the PAK'n'SAVE staff, Stevens said.

"The guy in the wheelchair told me to 'piss off'. He was angry."

The incident, which took place in front of her 10-year-old son, left her embarrassed and confused, she said.

"I went into the supermarket and got a few things I needed and then got back to my car in tears."

Stevens said not all disabilities are visible. On bad days she would need to use a bathroom ten times in one morning.

"I only try to park in the disability parking spot if I really need it. A lot of people with Crohn's disease [have to]. My son has seen me need the bathroom immediately."

She moved to Invercargill a few weeks ago and said she did not expect such abuse in a smaller city.

"People are nicer down here and I want to live down here. It's just that I haven't been judged like that before. But yesterday I was."

CCS Disability Action spokesperson Joy Gunn said there were 123,000 current holders of a mobility parking permit in New Zealand.

"We are aware that there are a few instances around the country and where people make the assumption that some one doesn't have a disability.

"Anyone concerned about someone misusing a car park should not take the law into their own hands. The can take the car registration or the licence plate and give that to the city council or district council and it's their role to follow up."

- Stuff http://www.stuff.co....sabled-car-park

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