B.C. woman says trampoline park denied access to brother’s autism service dog

B.C. woman says trampoline park denied access to brother’s autism service dog

A Maple Ridge woman is speaking out after she claims a Langley adventure park refused access to her brother with autism’s service dog. Danica Dutt says because her 11-year-old brother Kai sometimes has outbursts and breakdowns, he needs to have his accredited service dog Rosie there to help calm him down. On Wednesday, she and […]

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Alberta non-profit hopes to keep kids with disabilities warm during winter months

Alberta non-profit hopes to keep kids with disabilities warm during winter months

An Edmonton man is hoping that some creativity from his parents will help kids living with disabilities spend more time outdoors. When Zachary Weeks was a child winters took a toll on him. The 30-year-old lives with cerebral palsy and has relied on a wheelchair since the age of four. Spending time outside playing with […]

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Sharing is caring: Santa pours ‘milk’ down boy’s feeding tube in photo – National

Sharing is caring: Santa pours ‘milk’ down boy’s feeding tube in photo - National

An Indiana mother hopes a viral image of Santa Claus pouring formula down her son’s feeding tube will raise awareness to kids with disabilities and their needs. Beth Salzbrenner posted a photo Dec. 9 of her son, Austin Maners, on social media. The image featured a mall Santa sharing a cookie and pouring formula — […]

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Calgarians mark International Day of Persons with Disabilities – Calgary

Calgarians mark International Day of Persons with Disabilities - Calgary

People in Calgary marked International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) at Central Library on Monday. The IDPD event highlighted the achievements of people with disabilities in the city and included opportunities to learn about programs, resources and services in the disabled community. “The goal of IDPD is to bring awareness to disability and continue […]

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Disability support staff in Manitoba battling for pay hike amid cutbacks – Winnipeg

Spectators at the International Day for Persons With Disabilities celebration at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights on Monday morning.

A disabled Manitoban requiring support can expect to receive care from around 770 different people in their lifetime. Support staff who work with people with disabilities say their wages need to go up, in order to provide stability for their clients. “Right now, people who provide support often work two or three jobs so they […]

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Wife’s MS has Alberta MP urging more support for people with episodic disabilities

Wife’s MS has Alberta MP urging more support for people with episodic disabilities

Conservative MP David Yurdiga says people suffering from disabilities that worsen and ease, like his wife and daughter, are not treated fairly under Canadian law and he wants to change that. Yurdiga said support for people with disabilities insists that they declare whether they can work or not — it’s a “binary switch.” There’s no […]

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Advocates say disturbing video of N.S. school bullying shows people with disabilities are devalued

Advocates say disturbing video of N.S. school bullying shows people with disabilities are devalued

Advocates say a disturbing video showing a Cape Breton teen’s classmate walking over him in a stream demonstrates how the lives of people with disabilities are often devalued. Brett Corbett, who has cerebral palsy, told his mother Terri McEachern that he has forgiven the bullies who apologized to him, but he still feels unsafe returning […]

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‘Anyone can dance’: Ill-Abilities breakdance crew teams up with Les Grands Ballets – Montreal

‘Anyone can dance’: Ill-Abilities breakdance crew teams up with Les Grands Ballets - Montreal

Luca ‘Lazylegz’ Patuelli’s crutches become an extension of his arms as he swings in mid-air, effortlessly performing breakdance moves that most can only do on the floor. Next to him Jung Soo Lee, who was once told he’d never walk again, spins into a pose, working to match each movement to the beat. READ MORE: […]

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Alberta wants to boost support payments for those with disabilities and low-incomes

Alberta wants to boost support payments for those with disabilities and low-incomes

Alberta is proposing to increase help for those with disabilities and low-income earners while tying future hikes to keep pace with inflation. The changes introduced in the legislature would help about 250,000 Alberta residents, including seniors and those who receive benefits under the Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped program, also known as AISH. READ […]

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‘We feel like we’re the forgotten population’: N.S. disability advocate calls for dedicated care homes – Halifax

‘We feel like we’re the forgotten population’: N.S. disability advocate calls for dedicated care homes - Halifax

Joanne Larade has lived in the same long-term care home for four years, and while she says the staff are well-trained, friendly and helpful, each day is a challenge. “I have more in common with the staff of course, because they’re my age,” she explained. Joanne is disabled and requires assistance to live her life. […]

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