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The medical community and the education system already have their minds made up before they even give him a chance.
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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.
By Yona Lunsky and Rob Balogh With the recent federal commitment to increase mental health funding across Canada, we need to turn our attention toward a group of individuals who are currently invisibl...
Collette Divitto wants to hire thousands of adults with disabilities.
After being rejected for modelling gigs, Asher is now a star.
"I wanted the public to push themselves to look a little closer and to challenge their own feelings toward people with disabilities."
"Emersyn has not only added to our quality of life, she’s touched the hearts of thousands."
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“Down syndrome is literally one of the most beautiful things that's ever happened in my life.”
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There is no need to think that, with autism and other anxiety related issues, my son cannot go on to do a job he loves, have friends and even live independently or semi-independently. It's all in how much he is encouraged and given opportunities to explore what he loves to do.
No kid comes with a guidebook. Kids with developmental disabilities of all kinds, both physical and neurological, are as diverse in thought, behaviour, strengths and weaknesses as their neuro-typical peers. With the added anxiety of raising very different children from what is expected, stress levels are higher, parenting is harder and divorce runs rampant among special needs parents. That is why it is so important for them to remain on the same side.
Think yoga is just for stressed-out adults? Think again. The benefits of yoga can be reaped by young children, and the practice is gaining popularity with the preschool set. Not just with typically developing kids, either.
"When I saw with my own eyes... her sweet face on that ugly banner, it broke my heart."
When Ben Moser was in the fourth grade, he promised his classmate Mary Lapkowicz that he’d take her to prom. Seven years later, Ben followed through and took his friend to the dance on May 8. “A lot...
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There is really no stopping a 13-year-old girl when she puts her mind into something. Madison Tevlin, a Toronto girl who is diagnosed with Down syndrome, loves music and loves performing — even though...
In a moving video, veteran B.C. broadcaster Tamara Taggart compares her son to a tumour — and changes how we think about people with special needs. Taggart, who has three children with 54-40 musician...
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There are simply not enough hours in the day for parents of children with developmental challenges to manage the complicated care needs of their sons and daughters. There are a number of ways in which "the system" can work well to support better outcomes for families dealing with developmental challenges.
A Toronto couple is asking for an apology and has plans to launch a human rights complaint after their 49-year-old sister with Down syndrome was institutionalized. Teresa Pocock was moved into a long...
Today, science is making it possible to remove "genetic errors" by changing the DNA in the ovum. I am left asking what constitutes a genetic error. Missing a limb? Cleft palate? Down syndrome? Autism? And who will be the arbiter of these decisions as we learn more about our genes and heredity? Do YOU want to be God? The point is who decides who is perfect, normal, and genetically acceptable? And when? In utero, at birth, later in life when an "imperfection" shows up? Perhaps in later years when one becomes a burden to family or society?
Quality-of-life and utilitarian ethics (greatest good for the greatest number) could make for dangerous bedfellows.
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.
Imagine a lot of you are part of the over 12-million folks who have been given the Pep Talk from our new endearing voice on what the world should be. That's right. Kid President. An eight-year-old end...
VANCOUVER - A New Democrat MP is demanding the federal government reverse a decision to bar a family from India from emigrating to Canada to join their son in B.C. because their adult daughter has Dow...