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Growing Friendships

Relationships that develop into real and enduring friendships are the most profound expression of our deepest human quality. It’s the manifestation of the characteristics of freedom and esteem; it answers our soul’s most desperate yearning for connection...

Certain Proof

Some things have to be proven. Einstein knew it, Galileo knew it,  and if you have children in school who are subjected to standardized testing you know it too. So when does the need to demonstrate your value and competency in the world begin to erode your sense of...

Code Word: Bud

So I took my kids to our community outdoor pool yesterday. You may have seen us. We were the rag tag group, arguing with Grandma at the admission counter over who would pay, the haggard looking Mom who realized (only after her children requested it) that she had...

Purposeful Lives

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about the purpose that each of our lives hold, the reasons we get up the in the morning, who we count on and who counts on us. In this age of internet, Facebook, tweeting, texting and a general lack of real reciprocal human contact it...

Land of Opportunity

I am so proud that Alberta currently has more post secondary options for students with disabilities than in any other, province or state in North America. Due to the ongoing and focused efforts of individuals with disabilities, their families and organizations like...

The Pity Peddlers

Every once in a while you get to be present when “what goes around comes around”. This week I was sent a link to this video about the perils of using pity, segregation and charity to raise money for organizations that serve people with disabilities. As my...

Blocked Human Rights

The Toronto Star is reporting a disturbing story out of the Simcoe and Area District school board this month. Barrie North Collegiate Secondary school has adopted the practice of outfitting many of their staff with bright red, athletic, foam “blocker shields”, they...

Segregation Crumbles

Cosmos Industries to Lose Recycling Contract This just out of Saskatoon Saskatchewan Canada this morning. Saskatoon has long been home to one of the largest sheltered workshops in our Nation. Cosmo Industries first recieved national coverage for it’s discriminatory...

Hope for Retribution

A Response to Global Canada’s 16:9 Documentary “Taking Mercy” There are a few things that we know to be true, things that must happen in order for us to cling to the routine and interconnectedness of this life. The things that make us human and real to...

Hate Propaganda

Those of us at Inclusive Humanity really struggled as to whether or not to share this piece. However we remain committed to the notion that in order to change the way the general public thinks about the value and contributions people with disabilities have to make to...

Got Impact?

The Role of Organizations Organizations that serve vulnerable people have a tremendous amount of power and responsibility resonating in peoples lives, to be mindful of that consider the following- Impact, Scale and Durability. Does the organizations efforts,...

Wrongful Birth?

The whole point to all of us working so hard to get fair and balanced information on Down syndrome (and other prenatally determined conditions) into the hands of women and prospective families, is so that they are no longer given the “death sentence monologue” from...

Unreported Abuse

Charlie (my 8-year-old) came home school today with a deflated spirit. When his Grandma and I both asked him what was troubling him, we got the standard “Nothing Mommy, it’s okay Mommy”. You see Charlie has apraxia which has resulted in some pretty significant speech...

Take the Offensive

Isn’t there an old sports adage that goes something like “the best defence is a good offence”? I assert we need to adopt this strategy with our advocacy and awareness raising in Canada as we face the impending arrival of prenatal screening in Canada. I’m so pleased to...

Marino College

I’m all for a good news story. Trust me I have been using every search engine, meta tag, and google alert I use to find one. Unfortunately this story (even if this sounds like one on first blush) IT IS NOT. Part of being a writer, advocate and human rights...

It Gives Us Dreams

A Letter from Simon Flint I am abundantly proud to introduce you today to a very talented guest blogger. Now admittedly I may be somewhat biased, as the blogger in question is my 12 year old son Simon Flint. Simon’s class (and I think all elementary school...

Trampled Rights

Distrust, Disrespect, Discrimination My latest round up of news from around the world on the state of Human Rights for citizens with disabilities seems to to chock full of stories about the ways in which these rights are being trampled on. Let me take you first to...

The Chasm

It’s Mental Health Awareness Week in Canada. I am re-visiting an issue I have written about a great deal over the last years. Dual Diagnosis-The Intersection of Disability and Mental Illness. For years clinicians and service providers alike thought that a...