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January 24th, 2014
Friday, January 24, 2014   Exciting news today coming from the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care. Ontario is expanding the Direct Funding program to help more people with disabilities live independently. The expanded program will provide direct funding to approximately 1,000 Ontarians with disabilities by 2016 to help them self-manage their care. Click here to read the article
January 23rd, 2014
Thursday, January 23, 2014   Nichelle Benn (right) and her mother Brenda Hardiman share their story of their experience with Nichelle's disability and her experience with the justice system. Nichelle is facing criminal charges after an incident at the rehabilitation facility where she lives. Her mother says her daughter's brain disorder causes periodic episodes of aggressive behaviour. This leaves the question of what do you do with an adult daughter whose disability and violent outbursts lead to criminal charges. Click here to read the article
January 21st, 2014
Tuesday, January 21, 2014   Toronto is studying online voting for people living with disabilities, but the city says the online option should be available to all citizens. Members of the disability community are urging the city to provide the option to all members of the community. In the past moving voting online has drastically increased the turnout of citizens that vote. Check out the story below. Click here to read the article
January 15th, 2014
Thursday, January 16, 2014     This story will change the way you think about what being a older sibling means. When cerebral palsy threatened to keep Cayden in a wheelchair, his big brother, Connor, stepped in and changed everything for him. Now they compete in triathlons as the best team around. Watch the amazing story and bond of the Long brothers below. Click here to watch the video
January 14th, 2014
Tuesday, January 14, 2014   Here is a story full of inspiration, they are a group of children called "The Recycled Orchestra" who play instruments made entirely of garbage. The video clip shows how the power of music has transformed this Paraguayan community given children hope. Click here to watch the video
January 13th, 2014
Monday, January 13, 2014   Tim was born with Down syndrome and always had a dream of owning his own restaurant, today his dream is a reality. Tim's Place is a unique restaurant in the United States that serves food with a smile and hug. This is a truly inspiring story of Tim and his restaurant; click the link below to see the video. Click here to watch the video    
January 6th, 2014
Monday, January 6, 2014         As of January 1, 2014 Grant River Transit is making getting around the Waterloo Region more accessible with their Transit Support Person Program. With the introduction of this program customer's Support Person travel for free. Any customer who requires support can apply for a PLUSone card. This is a GRT Photo ID card that identifies a person who, because of their disability, requires assistance while traveling on GRT’s conventional or specialized transit service. The person providing the assistance will not pay a fare. Click here...
December 10th, 2013
Wednesday, December 4, 2013   An artist decided to create fashion mannequins to reflect the shapes and sizes of people living with disabilities as a way to question what we mean by "flawless". The campaign started December 3rd which was the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, and is designed to provoke reflection on the acceptance of people with disabilities. Check out the video here and let us know what you think. Click here to see the video    
December 5th, 2013
Wednesday, December 4, 2013   Take a look on this great article in the Star on the Centre for Independent Living and their programs aimed at giving parents with disabilities the right abilities. There are still negative attitudes towards people with disabilities who might want to have children and a difficulty faced by new mothers accessing medical care and a lack of community support for new or prospective parents in some place are still real. The programs at CILT aim to break these barriers and offer programs which provide support for parents living with disabilities. Click here to...
November 26th, 2013
Tuesday, November 26, 2013 The Star recently reported that about 70 per cent of Ontario businesses with 20 or more employees are ignoring provincial accessibility laws. Despite the lack of compliance, not one business in violation has been inspected, issued a compliance order or fined. Blind lawyer David Lepofsky was forced to file a freedom of information request to get an update on how businesses are complying with the province's disability accessibility legislation. Do you find many local businesses are compliant with the AODA? Read the rest of the article here  

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