Ontario Leaves Many Persons With Disabilities Trapped In Poverty

Helen Ries | Posted 04.25.2017 | Canada Politics
Helen Ries

In Ontario, a single adult on disability benefits can receive a base rate of up to $1128 a month to live through the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) as well as support for drug, dental and disability related costs. Sounds OK at first glance -- until you look at the cost of living.

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.

What Passes For Feminism These Days Needs To Do Better

Tara K. Reed | Posted 03.08.2017 | Canada Living
Tara K. Reed

Feminism: you in danger, girl. Blogger Tara K. Reed explains why she struggles with the term feminist as a woman with a disability and why she would like to see a change in how the term is used among millennials and in pop culture.

Stop Making Degrading Assumptions About People With Disabilities

Danielle S. McLaughlin | Posted 02.22.2017 | Canada Living
Danielle S. McLaughlin

Most of us have gone beyond the notion of jobs that can be performed only by men or only by women, and that race is something that is a predictor of behaviour of any kind. Why have we not begun to approach our assumptions around disability?

#DisabledAndCute Celebrates The Diversity Of Beauty And Self-Love

The Huffington Post Canada | Kayla Greaves | Posted 02.16.2017 | Canada Living

"I've got a world to change!"

Taking Your Health Care To The Next Level With Telemedicine

Jacki Andre | Posted 02.07.2017 | Canada Living
Jacki Andre

Services like HealthLine only offer advice, and often require patients to seek in-person care. Telemedicine is different, directly connecting patients and licensed health care providers online. Telemedicine -- also known as eHealth, telehealth, or virtual medicine -- aims to cut down on in-person visits, making medical care more efficient for both patients and healthcare providers.

Dear Trudeau, This Is Why We Need A Canadians With Disabilities Act

Jacki Andre | Posted 01.27.2017 | Canada Politics
Jacki Andre

Earlier this week, I received an email that offered me the chance to attend one of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's town halls. I am hard of hearing. I rely on lipreading. Normally, I shy away from any kind of talk or presentation. But the opportunity to see a sitting prime minister in person, and potentially ask him a question, spurred me to find out more.

Sports Fans Mad At Meryl Streep Only Prove Her Point

Tara K. Reed | Posted 01.12.2017 | Canada Living
Tara K. Reed

If, after hearing her speech, you dedicated more of your able body and mind to railing against those thirty words than you did to meaningfully advocating for the safety of particularly vulnerable people, your lack of empathy only highlights how right she was to contrast the cultural impact of "The Arts" and that of televised sports.

Deaf Vlogger: People Don't Believe I Have A Disability

The Huffington Post Canada | Chloe Tejada | Posted 12.13.2016 | Canada Living

"Stop invalidating people, stop telling people that they're lying, stop saying what they have isn't real."

Human Rights Activism Must Shift To Reflect Reality

Bonnie L. Brayton | Posted 12.12.2016 | Canada Impact
Bonnie L. Brayton

Activists take pride in the fact that their movements are inclusive, but it appears that unless women and girls with disabilities and deaf women and girls make our way to the table then, over and over again, our needs are forgotten. There are but a handful of women with disabilities and Deaf women in Canada who are fortunate enough to be at those tables, and I am one of them.

It's Time To Address Violence Against Women With Disabilities

Bonnie L. Brayton | Posted 11.29.2016 | Canada Impact
Bonnie L. Brayton

There are still no resources to speak of for girls with disabilities facing violence, even though they experience violence at higher rates and more frequently than any other group of young women and girls in Canada. The rates of sexual, physical, verbal and systemic violence are at least three times higher.

Ontario Police Refuse To Accommodate Deaf Suspect During Arrest

The Huffington Post Canada | Emma Paling | Posted 11.13.2016 | Canada

“I am not going to write it down for you," the officer says in the video.

Breast Cancer Awareness: Let's Ensure All Women Are 'In The Pink'

Bonnie L. Brayton | Posted 10.12.2016 | Canada Living
Bonnie L. Brayton

Research has shown women with disabilities and deaf women face multiple barriers to accessing health care, including cancer screening and treatment. In some cases, health care practitioners focus on the disability itself as a health problem, and ignore the overall health of the patient.

Disability Credits And Grants: A Financial Boost And Peace-Of-Mind

Cairine Wilson, CPA Canada | Posted 09.01.2016 | Canada Business
Cairine Wilson, CPA Canada

Financial knowledge is at the heart of stretching our dollars. For those with a severe and prolonged disability, saving money can be particularly challenging, given the expenses that often accompany disabilities and, in some cases, the difficulties getting or holding a job. And if you are tending to a loved one with a disability, extra costs likely are involved.

These Are The Hidden Costs Of Living With A Disability

Jacki Andre | Posted 08.22.2016 | Canada Living
Jacki Andre

Having a disability in Canada can be expensive. All of these examples were mined from friends who have good jobs or other sustained sources of income. But what happens if you can't work because of your disability, and you need to rely on government income assistance programs?

The Problem With Toronto's Accessibility Permits

Tara K. Reed | Posted 08.11.2016 | Canada Living
Tara K. Reed

As a disabled person, navigating Toronto is stressful and dangerous -- not just because of potholes and construction-brutalized sidewalks, but because of transit. And people. Especially people operating or riding transit. This is largely due to the absence of inclusion of pedestrians in the Ministry of Transportation's Accessibility Permit Program, currently only issued for drivers/passengers of cars, which leaves the rest of us vulnerable to harassment and injury.

Autism Friendly Attractions For Toronto Families

Julie M Green | Posted 06.15.2016 | Canada Parents
Julie M Green

Nowadays, businesses are not only more aware of autism, some are willingly offering special accommodations. They are meeting families where they're at -- so kids like mine can enjoy what's on offer along with everybody else. The following autism friendly attractions is by no means exhaustive, and I would love nothing better than to see this list grow.

All People Living With ALS Deserve A Standing Ovation

Joan Kelley Weisshaar Walker | Posted 06.07.2016 | Canada Living
Joan Kelley Weisshaar Walker

Mauril Bélanger, MP, was recently named Honorary Speaker for a day in the House of Commons. He had put his name forward for the official position of House Speaker before his diagnosis of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as ALS or Lou Gehrig's disease. He withdrew after learning of his illness. The House of Commons gave Bélanger a standing ovation for his courage, dignity and pride. And they were right to do so.

People With Disabilities Should Be Able To Go Wherever They Want

Rick Hansen | Posted 06.02.2016 | Canada Living
Rick Hansen

For someone who has a mobility challenge, vision or hearing loss, or uses an assistive device to get around, daily decisions are not so carefree. Stores and shops need to be researched ahead of time to make sure they are accessible. Aspects of daily life that most take for granted can be riddled with accessibility challenges. In Canada and around the world, people with disabilities are still limited by physical barriers in the built environment -- and there is urgent need for change.

Universal Autism Screening Is Instrumental To Early Diagnosis

Laurie Mawlam | Posted 04.28.2017 | Canada Parents
Laurie Mawlam

Over the years, Autism Canada has talked to thousands of parents and there has been a similar refrain. Early diagnosis didn't happen for their children because too many well-intentioned health practitioners and educators dismissed early red flags and parental concerns in favour of a "wait and see" approach.

Designing For Disability Adds Diversity To Your Web Audience

K Andrews | Posted 04.09.2017 | Canada Business
K Andrews

Accessibility has become a scary word for a lot of businesses, especially in Ontario with the looming deadlines of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), which requires that web content pass WCAG 2.0 level AA accessibility guidelines by 2021. It might be less intimidating to think of accessibility as a design philosophy.

Goodwill's Closing Reflects Reality For People With Disabilities

Lianne Castelino | Posted 04.06.2017 | Canada
Lianne Castelino

The media spotlight has long dimmed on the recent unraveling of Goodwill. But the realities remain. In their own way, each embody a range of significant issues that most of us take for granted. One of them concerns the health, wellness and livelihood of people with disabilities -- many of whom formed Goodwill's very own staff.

Medical Expenses You May Not Know Are Eligible For The Medical Tax Credit

Kathleen O’Grady | Posted 03.23.2017 | Canada Living
Kathleen O’Grady

As Canadians we like to take pride in our publicly funded healthcare system, but the truth is many of us -- especially those with or caring for someone with disabilities or chronic conditions -- pay out of pocket for a wide range of essential health services. Studies show Canadians pay as much as 30 per cent of our health needs privately.

How To Unlock Your Potential: Just Start

Rick Hansen | Posted 03.22.2017 | Canada Impact
Rick Hansen

People often ask me what the most difficult part of the Man In Motion World Tour was. When I look back, it wasn't the physical toll, braving the sometimes-punishing weather, or even when my future wife Amanda threw her salad at me and almost left the tour because I was acting like a jerk. Honestly, the most difficult part of the tour was just starting on that first day - March 21, 1985.

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.