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Kick Starting My Social Life

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Sometimes it is easy for me to get stuck and unmotivated. I know that I have to try harder to go out and be with people, but I make excuses: “I get too tired, I don't want to have to cancel my attendant care too many times, I have too much work to do.

Personal Army Request Denied


On May 15, 2015, Donna Beegle, a medical doctor and anti-poverty activist, boarded a United Airlines flight in Houston headed to Portland with her husband and autistic 14-year-old daughter.

The flight was diverted to Salt Lake City and the Beegle family was removed from the plane. Their tickets didn't include food, and according to Dr. Beegle, when she demanded a "piping hot" meal from the flight attendant, she was told that there weren't any extra meals.

A Busy June for Mobility Ventures


The month of June kicked off for the Mobility Ventures team in Tampa for the Community Transportation EXPO. June 2-5, the MV-1 was on display as transit professionals from around the country gathered to share ideas and explore the latest technologies available in the industry. Mobility Ventures was proud to be the sponsors of the Opening Reception on Tuesday evening, as well as the EXPO’s Big Night Out on Thursday. The location was beautiful and the company was top-notch!

A Letter of Thanks to Our Guests

The countdown to the balloon release seemed like a blur, the air was filled with a mix of excitement, remembrance and hope. Internally we were all taking that moment to focus on what we really wanted to release with our balloons. Perhaps it was to send a message to someone who had passed, or simply let go of something into the universe.

Get Into the Parapan Spirit

ParaSport Ontario

Football 5-a-side is a fast-paced sport for athletes with a visual impairment. The field of play is smaller than the original football field, with boards on each side. Teams are made up of five players, including the goalkeeper who is the only sighted player on the team.

Football-5-a-side made its first international appearance at the 2004 Paralympic Games. The sport is open to athletes with varying visual impairments and is played using a ball with bells inside. To ensure fair competition between teams, all players except the goalie must wear eyeshades during the game.

Special Treatment

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I have always been uncomfortable with receiving special treatment because of my disability. I have had this issue all of my life, starting from when I was a young kid and I went to community fairs. I would receive honourary awards and acknowledgement for just participating when no one else did.

A Missed Opportunity

Ability Online

The other day I encountered an interesting situation. I was at the aquarium in Toronto with a friend. It was during the day, and so there were a lot of kids with their school groups there. At one point, I was up against a display in my electric wheelchair and a little girl was in front of me. She put her arm on the foot rest of my chair, leaning against it.
I didn’t know whether or not I should have said something.

I didn’t really mind her doing it.

Jacoub's Camp

Gluckstein Personal Injury Lawyers are sponsoring a new initiative, Jacoub's Camp, in support our client, The Favila Family. Jacoub’s Camp is The Favila Family’s most treasured vision; a place where families who have been adversely impacted by the negligence of drivers can come together for support, understanding and guidance. Jacoub’s Balloon Race is the launch of this dream.

Tragically, seven year old Jacoub Favila was killed in a hit-and-run incident on Highway 401 while travelling with his family on New Year's Day 2013.

Changing Perceptions


Normalizing ‪disability‬ via greater inclusion and repetition in ‪advertising‬ and media, may be the answer to the desire of those who want to be seen as equal but different, accomplished and talented – not “inspirations.” Can imagery depicting real life scenarios play a role in getting the public to be more accepting and comfortable with those who they cannot personally relate to? Can this exposure help consumers to be less awestruck, fearful, or nervous with those who are seen as different?

In the Swing of Things. Wheelchair Tennis

Active Living

Wheelchair tennis is open to athletes who have permanent substantial loss of function in one or both legs. While the sport of able-bodied tennis dates back to the late 19th century in the United Kingdom, wheelchair tennis’ roots are 1976 America. Brad Parks, a man recovering from a skiing accident, invented the sport in the USA in 1976 when he first hit a tennis ball from a wheelchair and realized the potential of this new sport. Wheelchair tennis first appeared on the Paralympic program at the Seoul 1988 Games.

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