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November 25, 2013 - Employment Equality, Equality Rights

My son Krystian is 24 and developmentally delayed. Since he was 13, he had a dream of doing something that would make a difference in the world. At first, at age 16, he started taking internet...

October 24, 2013 - Family Supports, Safe and Inclusive Communities

Robin is a 40-year-old woman who has until recently lived in remote rural areas because of my job. We were fortunate when Robin started school in the late 70’s that she had some very progressive...

October 24, 2013 - Family Supports, Safe and Inclusive Communities

Gina Petrowski was born in Gimli, MB on August 30, 1990. She has two older brothers, Wes and Jake. We found out at a week old that she had Down syndrome. Immediately I wanted to gather information...

October 24, 2013 - Family Supports, Safe and Inclusive Communities

Evan and I are the parents of Joseph.

Joseph is 28 years old and has DiGeorge Syndrome, which is a genetic disorder. The DiGeorge syndrome caused Joseph to be born with a heart defect....

October 22, 2013 - Family Supports, Safe and Inclusive Communities

There is no question in the minds of a parent that their child has something to offer this world. We see it in the twinkle of our kid’s eyes everyday. In fact, parents of a child with an...

October 22, 2013 - Family Supports, Safe and Inclusive Communities

In March of 2012 I attended a weekend Leadership get together with the Canadian Association for Community Living and Community Living Ontario. It was a weekend for families to get together from...

October 22, 2013

It dawned on me, not in a gradual way as in the way the sun gently rises at day break, but in the kind of way as if being hit by a freight train. My heavy thought: my nine year old son has never...

October 11, 2013 - Disability Supports, Employment Equality, Equality Rights, Family Supports, Safe and Inclusive Communities

 

Orvella Small

We as parents always encouraged all four of our children to dream about the future and what they might want to be when they grew up, including our youngest...

October 11, 2013 - Disability Supports, Employment Equality, Equality Rights, Family Supports, Safe and Inclusive Communities

 

Danielle Kelliher

Derek Lith lives in Vancouver, B.C., where he was born and raised. His one-bedroom suite is comfortable and tidy, with pictures and mementos of his family...

October 11, 2013 - Disability Supports, Employment Equality, Equality Rights, Family Supports, Safe and Inclusive Communities

 

Judy Van Amerongen

The proud owner of Lee’s Shop is Lee Van Amerongen.
Lee is a young man who loves to go to church, likes to paint, eat fast food, and go for drives in the...

October 11, 2013 - Disability Supports, Employment Equality, Equality Rights, Family Supports, Safe and Inclusive Communities

 

Salvatore (Sal) Amenta

Today's parents have reasons to worry about their kids working.  With youth unemployment double the national average, many young adults are still...

October 11, 2013 - Employment Equality, Equality Rights, Family Supports, Safe and Inclusive Communities


Jackie Charchuk

For any parent whose child has just graduated from high school and is hoping to enter the world of work, the prospect of this is scary and worrisome. If that child...

February 22, 2013 - Close Institutions, Disability Supports, Employment Equality, Equality Rights, Eradicate Poverty, Family Supports, Global Inclusion, Inclusive Education, Safe and Inclusive Communities

I didn’t have my Grade 12 education when I went looking for a job. I wanted to work in maintenance. I did more training to try to get those jobs. I got my boiler papers, but sometimes that wasn’t...

February 22, 2013 - Close Institutions, Disability Supports, Employment Equality, Equality Rights, Eradicate Poverty, Family Supports, Global Inclusion, Inclusive Education, Safe and Inclusive Communities

 

Lucid Networks Corp., a Timmins information technology (IT) company, might be better prepared to meet a projected need for workers in the IT field in the coming years, thanks in part...

February 22, 2013 - Close Institutions, Disability Supports, Employment Equality, Equality Rights, Eradicate Poverty, Family Supports, Global Inclusion, Inclusive Education, Safe and Inclusive Communities

 

Cohen Highley LLP hasn’t looked back since hiring a person who has a disability 18 years ago. In fact, the London-based agency has embraced dozens of additional opportunities to...