In New Zealand, the number of people living with disabilities is significant, with 1.1 million individuals (24% of the population) experiencing some form of long-lasting impairment.

In this week’s podcast, we chat with Talitha. Talitha was diagnosed with Myasthenia Gravis in her late teens and today very kindly joins us to discuss what life’s been like living with a disability in New Zealand and the support available to those who need it.

Click here to listen to the latest podcast episode ➡️: Living with a Disability in New Zealand  



Talitha. Living with a disability in New Zealand. A podcast with all the facts.

Kia ora from Talitha! Living her best life in New Zealand


Living with a Disability in New Zealand

Living with a disability in New Zealand can be a challenging experience, but as you will hear from this week’s podcast guest, the country has made significant strides in recent years to improve accessibility and inclusivity for people with disabilities.

New Zealand has a long-standing commitment to the rights of people with disabilities, with laws and policies in place to promote their full participation in society.

In this weeks podcast (listen while you read!) You will learn

  • Introduction to Talitha’s Disability
  • Definition of a disability 
  • Travelling on a plane with a disability 
  • Travel around NZ
  • Support Networks
  • Access to the equipment you may need.
  • Funding
  • Clubs and community events.


What is Myasthenia Gravis (MG)

For those who are not familiar with Myasthenia Gravis, here are seven things that will help you understand the disease.

  1. Myasthenia Gravis (MG) is a rare autoimmune disease that causes muscle weakness and fatigue.
  2. The disease affects the neuromuscular junction, where the nerve endings connect with the muscle fibres.
  3. The most common form of MG is Acquired Myasthenia Gravis, which can occur at any age and is not inherited.
  4. Symptoms of MG include drooping eyelids, double vision, difficulty swallowing, slurred speech, and weakness in the arms and legs.
  5. The cause of MG is not fully understood, but it is believed to be caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors.
  6. The disease is not contagious and does not affect cognitive function.
  7. With proper management and treatment, most people with MG can lead normal, active lives. However, the disease can be life-threatening in some cases, particularly if it affects the muscles involved in breathing.


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Does New Zealand Recognise The Needs of Those with Disabilities?

Yes! New Zealand’s commitment to the well-being and rights of people with disabilities is exemplary. The country was honoured with the Franklin Delano Roosevelt International Disability Award in 2008 in recognition of its significant efforts to improve the lives of people with disabilities. This award is a testament to New Zealand’s dedication to promoting accessibility, inclusivity, and equal opportunities for all citizens, including those with disabilities.


Links in this week’s podcast:

Myasthenia Gravis Support group, New Zealand (MGNZ) | Facebook



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