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Something Special from the NYC Ballet

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Natalia Armoza always wanted to take her daughter, Pearl, to one of the New York City Ballet’s dance workshops. She never did for fear of the stares and special attention her daughter would draw from others. Pearl has cerebral palsy and her mother did not want her to be subjected to unwanted attention from the other kids, and parents. But she was unwilling to let Pearl’s disability stop her from taking part in the workshops, so Armoza asked the ballet, through an email, if they would consider hosting a workshop for children with disabilities.

Self Disclosure as a Boundary

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A couple of weeks ago I wrote an article about boundaries. Another boundary issue that I have thought about a lot is self disclosure. To me, self disclosure is about what you tell about yourself and to whom.

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

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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.