Áine Kelly-Costello

Áine Kelly-Costello is a blind writer, journalist and campaigner from Aotearoa currently studying in Sweden. After she worked as a community organiser for the Access Matters campaign for accessibility law for two years, she realised it was by and large that job that gave her the courage to start to get to know many more of New Zealand’s wonderful disabled people, including some who’d been around three times as long as she had. She figured it would be cool for other young people in particular to get to hear about their stories and wisdom, with some tidbits of disability history thrown in along the way, because approaching strangers is kind of intimidating after all. The era when we each grew up shapes us to be sure, but another thing influencing our perceptions is this idea that people with impressive careers in sport or music or media or disability advocacy somehow always had some kind of life plan all sussed out and ready to role when they left school. This could hardly be further from the truth, as their candid conversations will show. You can also follow Áine at her blog A Frame on Life.

Áine Kelly-Costello