How we’ve made a difference to New Zealanders in the last year
Standing on her own two feet
Mya is matter-of-fact about her disabilities, the result of brain damage at birth. “I have cerebral palsy and sometimes I have seizures,” she says. Like many little girls her age, Mya loves singing, drama and drawing. She has trouble with motor skills, coordination and balance but her speech is fine and she attends her local primary school, using leg splints or a walker to get around.
Mya has been receiving support from Enliven Maximising Independence services for several years. An Enliven support worker visits her at home four times a week to help with personal care and, if there’s time, play games.
We’ve also helped
Mya’s Story: Walking Towards Her DreamsThirteen-year-old Mya was born with cerebral palsy. Her doctors thought she’d never walk on her own. But last year the bright and spirited girl amazed everyone when she ditched her walker.
Mya’s storyMya is matter-of-fact about her disabilities, the result of brain damage at birth. “I have cerebral palsy and sometimes I have seizures,” she says. Like many little girls her age, Mya loves singing, drama and drawing.
Ruby-Jean’s storyWith her ankle in a plaster cast, Ruby-Jean couldn’t manage crutches and needed someone to push her wheelchair. ACC referred her to Enliven who matched her with support worker Sisavaii.
Jean’s storyAt age 6, Jean contracted scarlet fever which affected her hearing and led to bone infections. Now in her 80s, she is profoundly deaf, and has osteoarthritis in all her joints. “I spent many years in hospitals, supposedly dying..."