#Disability

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 04.27.2016 | 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 04.08.2016 | 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 04.05.2016 | 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 03.22.2016 | 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 03.21.2016 | 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 03.09.2016 | 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.

3 Ways The Federal Government Can Improve The RDSP

Kathleen O’Grady | Posted 01.05.2016 | Canada Politics
Kathleen O’Grady

The Registered Disability Savings Plan is a savings plan that helps parents and caretakers of those with a disability save for their loved one's long-term financial future with some financial contributions coming directly from the government -- free money, in other words. So why are so few using the RDSP?

How To Talk About Sex With Your Partner

Lyba Spring | Posted 12.02.2015 | Canada Living
Lyba Spring

Whether it's a one-time thing or a long-term committed relationship, there are three prerequisites to any sexual activity: consent, safety and pleasure. There is no way around it: communication is key. For some people, this feels entirely natural; for others, they'd rather visit the dentist.

Why I Find Halloween Scary

Marcy White | Posted 11.26.2015 | Canada Parents
Marcy White

Designing Jacob's Halloween costumes is an annual project in our house. One year, we built a drum set around his wheelchair. Another year my husband,...

Collaboration In Health Care Is The Cure For Canada's Chronic Pain

Dr. Bob Haig | Posted 11.25.2015 | Canada Living
Dr. Bob Haig

It's no surprise that governments are focusing more attention on how to better support musculoskeletal (MSK) patients, considering that back pain is now the leading single cause of disability worldwide. Ontario chiropractors are playing a crucial role in the development of new models of care to help our province face these challenges.

Celebrating the Rise of Disability and Body Acceptance in Media and Beyond

Jacki Andre | Posted 09.21.2016 | Canada Living
Jacki Andre

People with disabilities are often judged as broken, incomplete, or lacking. Because of this, their bodies are not considered beautiful. Surrounded by these negative and dismissive attitudes towards the disabled body, it is a joy to watch fledgling movements take flight, which portray disabled bodies in more positive light.

7 Reasons Why You Should Say No to Mortgage Insurance

Tea Nicola | Posted 09.10.2016 | Canada Business
Tea Nicola

Buying a new home can be a daunting experience -- especially if it's your first time. One thing that banks love to do is tie mortgage insurance into your mortgage agreement, right along with a dangerous-looking checkbox you need to fill in if you choose to "recklessly" opt out. Here's why I want you walk into that mortgage broker's office, check that box, sign that line and opt out of it with total confidence.

As a Mom of a Child With a Severe Disability, Facebook Is My Salvation

Her Magazine | Posted 09.10.2016 | Canada Parents
Her Magazine

It is my connection to a world of people who have an understanding of a current challenge I am facing, parents who have experienced something I am struggling with and families who have tried various solutions to obscure problems only those with medically fragile children can relate.

Children With ADHD Are Suffering Because of Lack of Awareness

Dr. Shimi Kang | Posted 08.30.2016 | Canada Parents
Dr. Shimi Kang

ADHD is not a recent phenomenon that you and I are witnessing for the first time, but instead it is something that has been often misunderstood, neglected, or taken too casually. It is of vital importance to understand that everyone can contribute towards spreading positive awareness about ADHD.

This Is What Being Hard of Hearing Is Like at the Movies

Jacki Andre | Posted 08.18.2016 | Canada Living
Jacki Andre

I am hard of hearing and rely on lipreading. Video can be difficult, for a variety of reasons, including camera angle, voice-overs, sound effects, accents, and animation. Every time captioning fails at the movies, I am reminded of my inability to participate in activities many Canadians take for granted. I feel belittled, squashed, unimportant.

3 Things You Need to Know About Autism in Canada

Kathleen O’Grady | Posted 07.31.2016 | Canada Politics
Kathleen O’Grady

Many organizations and affected families across the country have been calling for a national autism strategy. The wide range in disparity of publicly funded services for autism across the country has even generated a kind of "medical migration" with several published accounts of families leaving their home provinces (most commonly, Atlantic provinces, Ontario and Quebec) to move to Alberta or British Columbia where autism services are more readily available and/or more flexible. It is also no longer uncommon to find Canadian families using crowdsourcing campaigns to fund their children's autism and related therapies.

Canada Needs a National Strategy for Unpaid Caregivers

Nicole F. Bernier | Posted 06.11.2016 | Canada Politics
Nicole F. Bernier

The impacts of informal caregiving commitments do not remain confined to the home: they are felt in the Canadian workplace and reduce productivity. They translate into 2.2 million hours of reduced effort in the workplace every week and cause an estimated $1.3 billion productivity loss annually, says the report.

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.

10 Things Parents Of Kids With Special Needs Want You To Know

The Huffington Post Canada | Anchel Krishna | Posted 05.04.2015 | Canada Parents

My three-year-old-daughter has cerebral palsy. Having a child with special needs means a whole new set of ground rules. And for those parents who don'...