Genevieve McLachlan

Genevieve Maclachlan

Hi, I’m Genevieve McLachlan, a 44-year old business owner with Cerebral Palsy and a visual impairment. I have a wonderful Guide Dog Hobbit who is almost 10 and has been with me since he was 18-months old so we have a very special bond. I live in Upper Hutt near Wellington.

Most of my working life has been spent in the Disability sector and five years ago I established my own business, Adaptive Technology Solutions which works with people with a whole range of accident or health related disabilities and impairments to help them access assistive technology. I love working for myself and experiencing the sheer joy when people are able to achieve their goals through the use of assistive technology.

I’m involved with SailAbility Wellington and am part of their racing team. In 2010 I competed in and won my first Regatta in Taupo and in January 2011 I competed in the Kiwi Cup/NZ Access Class Nationals in Napier where I came second in my division and third overall in my Class.

I also enjoy cycling and have recently received funding for a pedal assist kit for my three-wheel recumbent bike which allowed me to complete a 20K bike ride up the Rimutaka Incline and back down again with 11 friends. I don’t let my disabilities stop me achieving my goals and am very honoured to have been offered a place on the 2012 Be. Leadership program.