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Mixed Feelings about ODSP

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Ability Online

For the most part, I am grateful to be on the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP). It enables me to be financially independent and pay for things like groceries and rent for my apartment.

But it is a double sided coin. The other side is that people who are on the program are only allowed to make $200 a month extra before the government takes money away. Some people on ODSP would be able to work but the rules are a disincentive to do so.

Through the Looking Glass

Once in a while, we find ourselves in an unexpected situation that gives us a new perspective on life. Our daily routine, our daily relationships, get shaken up like a kaleidoscope and a new picture emerges.

Some weeks ago I suffered a nasty fall requiring surgery with hardware to piece me back together again. If I’m told I have a screw loose I shall be glancing at my arm before my head. And so I have become a One-Armed Wonder, severely and painfully restricted  inside and outside the home as my injury begins the healing process.

Jonathan's Story

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Neurotech Network

'When you are diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, what was once known as clumsy is now inspirational.’ says Jonathan.

Being handed a card of a progressive neurological condition changes your perspective.  Some neurological conditions can hit like a brick wall while others creep into your life. This story is a combination of immediate impact and slow progression of Parkinson’s Disease, a degenerative brain disorder, and how one man changed his cards to gain a better quality of life.

School Board Concussion Directive. Mandatory.

We are thrilled to hear that the Ministry of Education has directed Ontario school boards to establish, implement and monitor a concussion procedure in each school. Gluckstein Personal Injury Lawyers have expressed concern regarding the potential dangerous outcomes that concussions have on children, especially if not properly monitored.

PUSH! Real Athletes. Real Stories. Real Theatre.

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Tangled

This coming August, as part of the TORONTO 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games arts and culture festival, PANAMANIA presented by CIBC, Tangled will present a brand new original production featuring Canadian artists from the disability community, including media creator Murray Siple and an original live score to be written and performed by Latin percussionist Luis Orbegoso.

Disability Arts Festival - STRANGE BEAUTY

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Tangled

17 days, 10 venues, 11 artists and four performances. The Disability Arts Festival kicks off with its Opening Reception (free admission) on April 9 at 6PM at Urbanspace Gallery at 401 Richmond St. West, Toronto, and runs from April 9-25th, 2015.

Tangled Art + Disability is filling Toronto’s arts and cultural landscape with a variety of disability perspectives with our 2015 Tangled Arts Festival – entitled Strange Beauty - in an iconic nucleus for the creation and presentation of art.

Packing Tips

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Easy Access Travel

I'm always being asked for "packing tips" so I thought I would share a few with you. First, remember the KISS principle.... Keep It Simple. Trust me when I say you will not wear many of the items you have packed. I have two packing models that I follow:  one for cruises and one for city stays and European trips with the latter being much easier to pack for.

The Power of Words

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Ability Online

It is no secret that there are stereotypes everywhere when it comes to disability. This is something that I have known most of my life, but it still struck me in a bit of a new way last week.

Featured Club of the Month

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ParaSport Ontario

The Canadian Electric Wheelchair Hockey Association (CEWHA) is a national, charitable organization. Established in Toronto in 1980, the mission of CEWHA is to provide a quality hockey program for all persons with disabilities who have limited upper body strength and/or mobility, who could significantly benefit from the use of an electric wheelchair in competitive sport and daily living.

Just a Little Different. The Challenge of Not Fitting In.

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Ability Online

Both primary and secondary school can be difficult for children. The two most common problems faced by children are social struggles, and keeping one’s grades up to par. Most children struggle with at least one for a period of time, but for a child with a disability, both of these challenges become enormously more difficult.