Nikki’s Natter – There’s something in the airbrush

Nikki Frittmann is a notetaker and reader/writer for students with disabilities at AUT University.  She has Spina Bifida and lives in Auckland with her husband and two cats.  Every second month she shares her musings with DPSN. This morning, my husband and I sat down together and watched a bit of MTV. Now, I’m getting a…


Celebrity, media and social influence

This month’s theme on DPSN is ‘celebrity and media’.  We’ve asked our bloggers to reflect on New Zealand (or international) media and the role of celebrity culture.  This might include the power of traditional media in shaping how we think about ourselves and the world, celebrity role models (or those with a more negative influence),…


Diversity: unique, common and both

“Conversations with God” author Neale Donald Walsche tweeted about good and bad in late 2015. At the time, it got me thinking about diversity. As you know, my perspective reframes the model of categorisation and representation, which most people associate with diversity. For me diversity is the synergy of our uniqueness and commonality.


My common is unique

I live in a society where having a significant or obvious physicuniqueworkal, sensory or intellectual disability and paid employment is something that is often seen as admirable or brave. However, for me, it is just what I do.


Vlog: Uniqueness and Commonality

This month is all about uniqueness and commonality – so we (I) spoke to Sam (also me…. yes, I talked to myself) about my experiences of difference and connection at high school, as a person who is queer and trans. I also do a shout out for the I’m Local Project and their givealittle campaign

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Depression – a common problem with a unique resolution

It’s perhaps not a surprise to anyone that knows me, that when I hear the phase “unique and common” my mind goes straight to the area of mental health.

At age 21 I was diagnosed with depression. Or, in official diagnostic language, a Major Depressive Episode. Or, in layman’s terms, “clinical depression”.