I’ve added several pages of links to Canadian treatment centres and hospitals that may be of help for those who have children with disabilities or conditions requiring medical attention. The links are set up by province or territory and can be found in the pediatric section of the Mobility Basics website.
If you have an interest in where to find children’s services in Canada please visit our main pediatric page for a list of links.
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.
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 “DNA Surgery”
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.
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.