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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.

And The Winner Is...

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Buddy Bike

Patrick, 7, was diagnosed with Autism at 18 months and is delayed in every area of development. He has recently shown interest in riding a bike but due to his low muscle tone and motor planning issues he is unable to pedal and steer a bicycle on his own. A buddy bike would allow him to experience riding a bicycle with his family. Patrick also has no awareness of danger and could not safely ride a bicycle if he could learn. The buddy bike would allow us the control over the bike so that we could protect him while enabling the joy of riding a bike!

The Honourable David Onley

Inducted into the Canadian Disability Hall of Fame as an Achiever, David Onley was one of Canada’s first newscasters with a visible disability and a prominent face on television. As the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, His Honour championed accessibility issues, to enable those with disabilities to achieve their full potential.

What's in a Name?

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Mobile Women

I’ve always been someone who thinks that words matter. How you refer to someone or something isn’t just hollow of meaning; it conveys how you think about what you're speaking about, and, conversely, it can influence who you’re talking to about your subject matter. For this reason, the now commonly used people-first language comes naturally to me, emphasizing the person rather than the disability. In my life, I’ve seen a positive change in the way people think about others with disabilities by learning to focus on the person rather than the disability.

Spotlight on Ecuador

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Special Needs Group

Ecuador is a truly magical place.  It is located only 4 hours from Miami, on the northwest corner of South America, situated between Peru and Colombia.  From the beautiful sandy beaches of the Pacific Coast to the tropical jungle of the Amazon rainforest, Ecuador is place like no other.  Enjoy the stunning scenery while traveling through the Andes to see one of the highest active volcanoes in the world, Cotopaxi Volcano.  Go island hopping through the Galapagos Islands to get both an educational and wildlife filled adventure.  Ecuador is so diverse you will truly ex

Unstoppable: The Cheryl Angelelli Story

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Mobile Women

Paralympic medal winner, World Record holder, and Athletes with Disabilities Hall of Fame inductee, are just a few of Cheryl Angelelli’s accomplishments after a tragic accident in a swimming pool in 1983 left her a quadriplegic. At the time, some may have thought a promising athletic career was cut short. For Cheryl, it was just beginning.

Cheryl began competitive swimming when she was eight years old and always dreamed of going to the Olympics someday -- but fate would intervene. On February 4, 1983, Cheryl walked into swim practice one night and never walked out.