Monthly Archives: August 2017

Dear Everybody

Dear EverybodyDear Everybody is a new awareness campaign from the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital aiming to remove the stigma often attached to those having a disability and providing guidance for people who may have questions on how to interact with people with disabilities.

As Holland Bloorview is a children’s hospital they provide a lot of information on interacting with children with disabilities but the information also applies to adults as well.

I believe the information gathered at deareverybody.ca is of value to those with disabilities, those who regularly interact with people with disabilities and those who rarely interact with people with disabilities.

They’ve created several a number of tip sheets targeted at specific groups: Continue reading

Aging at home article

age at home imagesI posted an article this morning offering advice and information to seniors about staying in their homes as they age.

This article was written by the people at Stannah Stairlifts and offers information and advice touching on barriers to aging at home, living independently and safely at home and, of course, some information about stairlifts.

It offers some good advice and information for those who are approaching the age, or are already at the age, where staying in their home is becoming more difficult and decisions will have to be made.

So, if you are interested in finding ways to stay in your home as long as possible or have family members or clients who are facing this type of situation I think you’ll find this article worth reading.

Click here to read the article: https://mobilitybasics.ca/articles/age-in-place

Cerebral Palsy and Genetics

The Toronto Star newspaper has an interesting article today that talks about a link discovered by researchers at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital and the Hospital for Sick Children.

The gist of the article is about the role genetics may play in those suffering from CP. Apparently “structural variations to the DNA that affect the genes for brain development and function” are a factor in 20% of cases and a major factor in 5%.

Genetic testing at early ages can be a great help in diagnosing children sooner. Genetic testing is currently used to aid in diagnosing and developing treatment for cystic fibrosis, muscular dystrophy and autism spectrum disorder.

For those interested in reading more, the article it can be found here: https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2017/08/08/researchers-call-on-province-to-fund-genetic-testing-for-cerebral-palsy.html