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.
Dear 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 →
I 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.
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.
I 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.
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.
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.
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/
I’m currently in the progress of updating the accessories section of the wheelchair seating area of the website. The original seating accessories page had very few products mentioned and not much information about what is there.
Proper seating requires the best possible pelvis position and stability. The Hip Supports and Seat Options page has a number of products and information on how positioning and stability can be achieved using aftermarket products.