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Loneliness

The Most Disabling Condition. Dr. Anne Snowdon has published her report “Strengthening Communities for Canadian Children with Disabilities”. Commissioned by Human Resources and Skills Development Canada, the study concludes that most children with...

Stereotypical Sport

For The Love of #$%# Bowling! There is nothing about having Down syndrome that can keep this dancer from kicking some competitor butt at a REGULAR-thats right I said it-Not At ALL Special-National Ballroom Dance competition. Teddy Kremer 29 took first place in the...

Delayed is Denied

Life Saving Transplant Denied As Child has Developmental Disability So much of the work Inclusive Humanity has been engaged in over the last years has been in conjunction with groups and individuals who see how people with disabilities are made vulnerable within the...

Separate vs Equal

The “Spread the Word to End the Word” Campaign” has been getting a lot of public relations play lately while I think eliminating this word from our commonly used language is a worthwhile and important goal-I’m just not sure we can get there...

Inclusive Benefits

Here is some GOOD NEWS! We have known for a long time that inclusion in schools was good for students with disabilities but we haven’t been very good at talking about why it’s good for students without disabilities. Sure we have extolled the civic and...

Prenatal Screening

Cheaper, more Accessible Prenatal Screening-Keeping Out that Which is Unwanted. Three major pharmaceutical companies in the US have been vying to bring cost effective prenatal screening tests (using the new protocol of using a single maternal blood sample to...

Inclusion Gone Wrong

When well intentioned ideas, couched in pity and the underlying assumption that adults with disabilities are really just children in adults bodies go bad, they go REALLY bad.  Unfortunately we have all heard the ignorant viewpoint that “while he is 42 years old,...

Home in Hot Water

Are Group Homes Really Safer Than Community Settings? Today in the Calgary Herald, reporter Don Braid is reporting on the tragic death of a Calgarian with developmental disabilities who was under the support of Alberta’s PDD (Persons with Developmental...

Playing House

Organizations which continue to spend copious amounts of money on creating-work settings, home environments, even Snooze-land Rooms (to re-create the stimulus people with disabilities would receive the real world) are sending a strong message, people with disabilities...

Left Out in the Cold

Francine Kopun of the Toronto Star reported on Dec. 3rd that the City of Toronto had cancelled their annual celebration event in honour of International Day of Persons with Disabilities, replacing it with a vague declaration of some kind by Toronto Mayor Rob Ford...

Glee-less

I have been a fan of the Fox television comedy Glee for a while now. I like it for a lot of reasons, not the least of which has been the inclusion of the character of Becky, a member of the McKinley High Cheer Squad who has Down syndrome. It’s a portrayal which...

Lost Summer

A Requiem for a Lost Summer and a Broken Spirit. In relative recent history many people with developmental disabilities have been subjected to the tyranny of behavior modification. How many of us who have done this work over our life time are familiar with terms like...

Reclaiming Language

Watch: Dr. Harvey Chochinov, Canada Research Chair in Palliative Care, Rhonda Wiebe, JIm Derksen, Catherine Frazee, and other Disability Rights Activists in conjunction with the Manitoba Vulnerable Persons Network, has released a Youtube “teaser” for their...

Three Steps Back

Two Steps Forward Three Steps Back: It has never been more blatantly illustrated that we have a collective lack of civic memory than it has been this week regarding the harrowing experiences of people with disabilities who live and have lived, were abused and are...

Belonging…

Krista J. Flint Looks Retrospectively at a Piece She Wrote Years Ago: I can’t believe I wrote this piece seven years ago when my now 14 year old was only seven. My three boys, Oliver (14) Simon (12) and Charlie (8) know first hand how much better their school, scout...

Smells Like Progress

Future of Manitoba Developmental Center: Today the Manitoba Government made public a press release regarding the future of Manitoba Developmental Center in Portage La Prairie. The Report calls for The release of 16 people over the next 3 years who have an expressed an...

Better Off Dead

Better off Dead than Disabled?: The Royal Society of Canadian Experts Report released this week on End-of-Life decision making plays the all too familiar game of “duck and cover” regarding the effect of legalizing euthanasia and assisted suicide on...

About Leadership

Here is What I Know to Be True… There is a direct correlation between the way your organization’s leadership team treats your staff, and the way in which your staff treat the people they support. An environment suffocating under dictator like edicts,...