Memorializing Youth

July 24, 2016

It has been one crazy busy week and yet I feel like nothing was accomplished.  The week ended on a sad note when I was made aware of the loss of yet another childhood friend.  My thoughts and praye…

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Social Media: How CFS monitors you 

July 18, 2016

We all want to share our ups and downs in life on social media.  It’s a way for some people to feel like they aren’t alone. Everyone reads our posts -including CFS. I decided to wr…

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Canadian SRL Study Results Confirmed by US Research

July 18, 2016

In June, IAALS—the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System – published the results of their research on the SRL experience in four U.S. states (Colorado, Tennessee, Oregon …

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A Time to Turn Around

July 15, 2016

It has been a difficult six week and although I have written lots, I’ve published nada.  June is my most difficult month and this year was extreme.  June has been my life nemesis month.  The …

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Building Social Isolation

June 11, 2016

When does passion become obsession?  I am passionate in regards to access.  I am passionate about defending the right to access that so many others have fought so hard to achieve.  I am passionate …

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Building Social Isolation

June 11, 2016

Poster Child Perspectives

When does passion become obsession?  I am passionate in regards to access.  I am passionate about defending the right to access that so many others have fought so hard to achieve.  I am passionate about ensuring complacency or lack of historical perspective does not allow the new world of #socialmedia to create new challenges to access.  You can’t build ramps to improve access in the digital world but you can build attitudes.  It is attitude that is the access tool in the digital world.  It was attitude that helped develop the Braille e-reader thereby opening a large component of social media to the blind.  These are my passions.

I am obsessed with getting people to understand that access is about attitude.  The “information age” brings a whole new challenge to access.  We need to adjust our attitudes and policies to reflect the realities of today.  I have concerns when…

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A Day at a Time

June 10, 2016

Poster Child Perspectives

“A right must exist independently of its exercise,” – Rory O’Shea Was Here (2004)

Throughout my life I have been asked more times than I care to count, “What’s it like living with a disability?” Depending on my mood I would utter some flippant comment or make some kind of feel good statement. To me that question was like me asking someone “What’s it like to live with a big nose?” Or “What’s it like to be fat?” Basically we are who we are.  I grew up with crutches.  I never know anything else. To me, this was normal.

You're a person, not a product You’re a person, not a product

People are multi-faceted and a disability doesn’t change that.  There were many things that contributed to who or what I am, the disability is only one of that factors.  I believe what shapes us is how we handle events in our lives and what we do…

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A Day at a Time

June 10, 2016

“A right must exist independently of its exercise,” – Rory O’Shea Was Here (2004) Throughout my life I have been asked more times than I care to count, “What’s it like livin…

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Living with Dignity

May 30, 2016

“One’s dignity may be assaulted, vandalized and cruelly mocked, but it can never be taken away unless it is surrendered.” ― Michael J. Fox This week the Canadian Parliament will be dealing wi…

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Living with Dignity

May 30, 2016

Poster Child Perspectives

One’s dignity may be assaulted, vandalized and cruelly mocked, but it can never be taken away unless it is surrendered.” ― Michael J. Fox

This week the Canadian Parliament will be dealing with Bill C-14, an amendment of the Criminal Code focused on medical assistance in dying.  The topic of “death with dignity” has been raging in this country for the past 25 years and hopefully this brings it to its apex.  One can only hope it finally gets settled but hell I thought the whole separation of Quebec was behind us, silly me.

Up to this point I have stayed pretty quiet on the whole Bill C-14 issue because it is to personal to me.  I am not capable of any objectivity on this issue so for me to debate it is just putting more money into some prescription blood pressure medication.  I stay…

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