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Accessible Halloween in Toronto

frolicshaunt.com

frolicshaunt.com

I got notice of this this morning in my email.

It’s a great idea for people with accessibility issues who would like to experience a halloween event in the Toronto area. This is a tour through a fully accessible haunted house.

I’ve quickly scanned their site and participation in this event is free of charge although donations will be happily accepted.

You can predetermine how scary and how much involvement you will have prior to starting the tour.

This event is for one night only and it is is very important to reserve a space for you and your friends. They are limited to one night and showing up without a reservation may lead to disappointment if they can’t fit you in.

For more information visit the Frolic’s Haunt website.

DNA Surgery

DNA Strand

DNA Strand

I came across a BBC article about a Chinese university who have successfully altered a human embryo DNA strand to remove a genetic disease.

They had a DNA strand with a defect that was known to cause the potentially life-threatening blood disorder beta-thalassemia

DNA consists of four different building blocks A, C, G and T strung together in various combinations. Apparently, as I understand it, this disease is caused by a single building block out of place among the millions of blocks that make up a DNA strand.  Continue reading

Modular Ramp Ordering Information

A*Com Modular Ramp

A*Com Modular Ramp


I’ve recently had a large amount of interest shown in modular ramp systems and have written a new page in the Wheelchair Ramp section of the website providing information on specific modular ramp components and considerations that need to be taken into account when purchasing them.

The article provides a lot of information on how to determine length and slope of a ramp, modular or not. Components of the ramp and regulations surrounding installation and use of a modular ramp.

For those interested in this information it can be found on the new “Ordering Modular Ramp” page.

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

Doorway Widths for Wheelchairs

doorway access graphicI was contacted last week from a lady wanting information about the width of a doorway that is needed for a wheelchair to pass through easily. Although this seems like it should have a simple answer, it doesn’t.

After writing a rather long and complicated response by email, I thought it should be a topic that I should go into with more depth on the website.

So, I’ve added a page in the Articles section of the Mobilitybasics.ca website about wheelchair and doorway widths for those who are interested.

To view this new article please visit: https://mobilitybasics.ca/articles/door-openings

Welfare Wall for People with Disabilities

Wheelchair user at desk

Photo Credit: pixabay.com

There is an interesting article in the Toronto Star the other day about how the system that is supposed to help people with disabilities live creates a wall that forces them to stay on social services by punishing those who try to get ahead.

It’s long been a pet peeve of mine that various governments feel that if you financially support disabled people at sub-poverty levels they will somehow miraculously get well and go back to work so they can eat. All this to encourage a few that may able to work to get a job and get off support services.

Most right leaning political parties are so worried about a few hundred, or thousand, people who may be abusing the system and receiving disability benefits improperly that they don’t mind starving tens of thousands of legitimately disabled people.

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Truly Awful Wheelchair Ramps

I came across this today and was staggered by the lack of knowledge the creators of these ramps have shown. I suspect they never expected anyone to use them and even if one was able to I doubt they’d survive most of them.

Now we know why building and accessibility codes are needed in most places.

My Team Triumph Canada

myTEAM TRIUMPH CANADA

myTEAM TRIUMPH CANADA

On Saturday I visited the Toronto Abilities Expo at the International Centre on Airport Road in Mississauga. This show was a three day public show to for manufacturers and dealers in the home health care industry to display their products to the public.

In addition to the product displays, there were many booths occupied by organisations whose purpose was solely to provide services to people with disabilities. One of these organizations is My Team Triumph Canada.

This organization teams up people with disabilities with able bodied helpers in order to allow them to participate in sporting events such as runs, marathons, triathlons, etc., that they normally wouldn’t be able to participate in. This organization is completely donor funded and provides it’s services at no cost to the participant. For more information on this services please visit: www.mttcanada.org/