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I created and manage a social network for discussion of disability issues. The website address is: http://www.disabilityresourceexchange.com About the disability resource exchange Disability resource exchange is a place to discuss disability issues and exchange resources ideas and support. whether you have a disability/health issue or are just interested in disability issues you are welcome to join this social network. The disability resource exchange mission - to bring together all those interested in disability issues both people with and without disabilities - to bring together people and organizations within the disability community and to foster a spirit of cooperation - To be a place with a supportive atmosphere where we can all learn from each other Again anyone interested in disability issues is welcome to join. I hope to see you there :-) http://www.disabili... (more)

Fixer Dad

A Parent’s Perspective By Conrad van der Kamp Recently I was asked: so what’s the special role of a Dad in the life of a child with CP? What’s the role of a Dad in any child’s life? It’s all aboutproviding, safeguarding, teaching, hugging tightly and encouraging. And it’s also about encouraging from the sidelines and standing back when your child stumbles. It involves making room and letting go. Letting go is pretty tricky, especially when the child faces unusual obstacles and a little help would help so much. Do you want a hand with that sleeve? You want me to cut that sandwich? H... (more)

Inclusion Has Come A Long Way..

Inclusion has come a long way. I attended an elementary school in BC in the early 1970’s as a ward of the Province. At that time, inclusion meant the public school system, but a separate classroom and curriculum. All the children with a recognizable disability were in the same classroom. At recess we segregated ourselves. It was a BIG deal when early in grade five, I was finally admitted to the “regular” classroom. My peers had been prepared for my arrival by a well-meaning system and teacher that failed to take into account my feelings as the “object” of discussion. I wasn’t pre... (more)

Loss and finding the right wheelchair

Nov. 24, 2006 My father passed away the day after Thanksgiving at the age of 69. An incredibly difficult time. He passed away that morning of a heart attack. They say it hit him so quick, that he was basically dead when he hit the floor. Although we didn’t often show it, we were quite close. This one hurts! At least we got to have one more holiday with him. Also earlier this year (2007) we lost one of me & Mary’s closest friends and former caregivers. She is sorely missed. As of Feb. 1 of 2007 I have left my former homecare providers and have a private individual doing my homecare.... (more)

What Does Bullying and Making Fun of Other’s Got to Do With it?

An article by Karen Lynn from http://www.whispersofhope.org In my last article, I wrote about people bullying others. Well today, my dear readers, I am going to take this topic a step further.  I am going to expand and give more detail about how this thinking applies in other parts of our lives.  The hardest part of our existences; whether disabled or not, is learning to get along with everybody.  It is in the learning to maneuver, in staying neutral,  and the ability to adapt, and adjust, that we find our greatest challenges and joys. Many in our community must be very smart in ... (more)