It's Time To Change The Culture Of Living With A Disability In Canada

Helen Ries | Posted 03.08.2017 | Canada Living
Helen Ries

We, the disability family, have been an afterthought -- for governments, service agencies and organizations -- for far too long. Our opinions have been sidelined, our emotions trivialized, our needs prescribed and our resources shuttered.

It's Time Canadians Started Practicing Systemic Inclusion

Danielle S. McLaughlin | Posted 12.12.2016 | Canada Living
Danielle S. McLaughlin

Even a few minutes of putting oneself in another person's shoes (or wheelchair) could make a big difference. Accessibility is a right. Just by being born we all have human rights. We don't need to do or be anything special. Equality is - or should be - ours, just because we exist.

Is Canada More Accessible? The Man In Motion Thinks So

The Huffington Post Canada | Sasha Nagy | Posted 10.23.2016 | Canada Living

When Rick Hansen first started his tour, the cinema in his hometown didn't have an accessibility ramp.

Ending Anti-Personnel Mines Is Our Joint Responsibility

Jerome Bobin | Posted 04.05.2017 | Canada Impact
Jerome Bobin

Ten years I have witnessed the ravaged bodies and battered spirits, heartbroken eyes of mothers who have lost their children and the anger felt by communities -- people who, in addition to mourning their dead ones and amputees, live in the middle of minefields.

Family Denied Permanent Residency Because Of Son's Down Syndrome

The Huffington Post Canada | Bria John | Posted 03.15.2016 | Canada Parents

"Picking on people with disabilities is not right and Canada knows it's not right."

Equality Means Acknowledging Marginalized Women, Too

Bonnie L. Brayton | Posted 03.09.2017 | Canada Living
Bonnie L. Brayton

Women with disabilities, Indigenous women, immigrant and racialized women, LGBQT women -- all of us "other" women must be at the centre of any messages about women's equality and must be at the centre of any strategy that purports to lead to equality between men and women.

Learning To Deal With All Aspects Of The Aging Process

Timi Gustafson, R.D. | Posted 02.17.2017 | Canada Living
Timi Gustafson, R.D.

How much, or how little, does it take for things to go awry as we age? Deteriorating physical and mental health, loss of loved ones, social isolation, and the progressive inability to cope with daily tasks and challenges can make people dread the so-called "golden years" rather than embrace them.

Disabled Voters Still Face Accessibility Challenges At The Polls

CP | Michelle McQuigge, The Canadian Press | Posted 09.12.2016 | Canada Politics

"No matter what the person's barrier is, they should be able to vote."

Four-Time Paralympian Hopes Parapan Ams Inspire Kids To Try Sports

CP | Lori Ewing | Posted 08.10.2016 | Canada

Karen Van Nest said the exposure Paralympic sport is getting in Toronto is a victory in itself.

Assisted Suicide Policy Needs to Account for the Human Ability to Overcome

Harvey Max Chochinov | Posted 05.26.2016 | Canada Politics
Harvey Max Chochinov

Human beings are not good at predicting how they will react in circumstances that have yet to unfold. Those of us working in healthcare understand that life-altering illness, trauma or anticipation of death can sometimes sap the will to live. In those instances, healthcare providers are called upon to commit time; time to manage distress, provide unwavering support and to assuage fear that patients might be abandoned to their hopelessness and despair. That is the essence of how medicine has traditionally responded to suffering. Stopping time by way of arranging the patient's death has never been part of that response.

Leave a Gentle Footprint in Your Community

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 05.20.2016 | Canada Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

I believe we all just want to leave a gentle footprint on this earth, and for me, that means striving to go to bed each night feeling I've made a difference, and hopefully left things better than the way I found them. Am I able to say that I meet that challenge each day -- definitely, "no." Life has a way of getting in the way, and as is most often the case, I'm the one who's in my own way.

I Need a GPS To Navigate Canada's Healthcare System

Anne Day | Posted 04.07.2015 | Canada Politics
Anne Day

Right now the strategy seems to be to make it as difficult as possible for families to navigate the system and find the care their loved one needs. There are so many rules which means that the patient isn't eligible for this or doesn't qualify for that.

Women With Multiple Chronic Conditions Are Screened Less Often for Breast Cancer

University of Toronto News | Posted 10.28.2014 | Canada Living
University of Toronto News

Women with severe disabilities and multiple chronic conditions are screened for breast cancer less often than women with no disabilities or no chronic conditions, a new study has found.

Helping Children With Disabilities Around the World

Debbie Wolfe | Posted 02.02.2014 | Canada Impact
Debbie Wolfe

On the International Day of People with Disability, December 3, World Vision notes that an estimated 98 per cent of children with disabilities worldwide are excluded from education. Many of these children are also hidden away due to stigma and shame.

Disabilities in Ethiopia: The Same, But Different as Canada

Krista O'Brien | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Impact
Krista O'Brien

It is incredible to see how people with disabilities are being included and advocated for now, compared to how they have been treated and excluded in the past. The work is not done yet; there are still many ways to improve the quality of life and opportunities available for people with disabilities in Ethiopia.

What I Would Change About Accessibility for People with Disabilities in Canada

Rick Hansen | Posted 08.29.2013 | Canada Impact
Rick Hansen

2013-06-21-blog_canada_day_v02.gif My goal has always been to build an even greater awareness of our need to move from a view that accessibility is just about getting in and out of buildings to a view of intentionally designing and creating fully inclusive communities, so that people with disabilities can fully participate.

Teaching Children About the "Ability" in Disability

Lindsey Athias | Posted 08.07.2013 | Canada Impact
Lindsey Athias

In order to embrace the ways in which others are different we have to realize the ways in which we are also the same. When it comes to teaching our children about kids with disabilities, the notions of "connectedness" and "sameness" are essential and something we must foster as a society.

How Do We Teach Children About the 'Ability' in 'Disability?'

Lindsey Athias | Posted 08.06.2013 | Canada Impact
Lindsey Athias

In order to embrace the ways in which others are different we have to realize the ways in which we are also the same. When it comes to teaching our children about kids with disabilities, the notions of "connectedness" and "sameness" are essential and something we must foster as a society.

My Bullied Daughter's Loneliness Haunted Me

Amber Rehman | Posted 04.27.2013 | Canada Living
Amber Rehman

My daughter would come home sad everyday. She would cry every week. We would have pep talks regularly, but I could not mend her broken heart. I could not take back the words kids said to my child. Her loneliness haunted me. As a mother, I was watching a child dying on the inside. It was like watching a beautiful flower wilting in the cold.

Bullied for Being Different

Amber Rehman | Posted 04.20.2013 | Canada Living
Amber Rehman

When I discovered that my daughter was having a hard time adjusting to school a few years back, I did everything I could to make sure she understood that making friends was an easy task. If I learned something from my life, it's that we have some of our worst experiences as kids, so that we can grow up with thick skins and deal with the adult world.

A Film Festival First for Montreal

Jon Paul Fiorentino | Posted 04.20.2013 | Canada
Jon Paul Fiorentino

This spring, one brand new film festival is using Montreal's cultural benefits to highlight issues of accessibility and inclusion. Regarding Disability: A Film Festival will make its debut in Montreal on March 21 and will run in various locations until the 28.

Watching the Watchdog: The Organization Fighting "Isms" in the Media

Tim Knight | Posted 09.02.2012 | Canada
Tim Knight

Innoversity is a not-for-profit organization that has spent the past 13 years struggling with some success "to create opportunities for cultural minority, Aboriginal and disabled Canadians to actively engage with, and be reflected within, key social sectors and institutions." That's institution-speak for fighting racism and all the other isms that still stain our society, particularly our media.

Does a Degree Matter Less if You're in a Wheelchair?

Joe Henry | Posted 07.30.2012 | Canada
Joe Henry

For the most part, the education system has done its job. Beginning at the elementary and secondary level, students with disabilities have been given access to support and services that have allowed them, not only to participate in the education process, but to increasingly be successful. But now, it's up to employers to open their doors to the disabled.