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This tutorial will show you how to make your own weighted blanket - sensory friendly for SPD and other sensory sensitivities.

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I don’t know what the caption of this picture is or should be. Let’s make our own captions.

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"My Leaky Body is not a typical illness memoir. It is rather a first-person account of negotiating the Canadian health-care system as a patient, and a passionate call for reform in the way the system treats the vulnerable. But this is by no means a dour read: Devaney’s story is told with self-deprecation and large dollops of humour."

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“I understand better than most the significant obstacles that often confront students with physical disabilities,” says Gordon. “This foundation aims to give these young people everything they need to compete for promising careers and contribute to the future of their families and the Canadian society.”

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http://health.blog.yorku.ca/2013/09/03/psychology-prof-co-lead-in-1-8-million-government-funded-program/?utm_medium=Email&utm_source=ExactTarget&utm_campaign=

York University psychology Professor Jonathan Weiss is one of the co-leads in a research program that was recently awarded $1.8 million over three years from the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s Health System Research Fund.

The program, Health Care Access Research in Developmental Disabilities (H-CARDD), aims to enhance the overall health and wellbeing of individuals with developmental disabilities through improved health-care policy and services.

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http://health.blog.yorku.ca/2014/01/28/york-researcher-receives-1-million-in-funding-to-build-a-global-disability-rights-monitoring-system/?utm_medium=Email&utm_source=ExactTarget&utm_campaign=

York University Distinguished Research Professor Marcia Rioux, in the School of Health Policy and Management in the Faculty of Health, has received more than $1 million in funding from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency and York University contributions to support the final phase of development of a global disability rights monitoring system.

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Easter Seals Telethon this weekend!

This is a reminder folks. The telethon is this weekend. Come out. Donate. Show your support!

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Toronto Police Children’s Games at Variety Village

32 ANNUAL TORONTO POLICE CHILDREN’S GAMES

SATURDAY, MAY 10, 2014

Registration starts at 8:30 am

Games from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

For an application form or for more information, please contact Courtney at cwalls@varietyvillage.on.ca or call
416-699-7167 x 252

Young people with varied levels of ability are invited to register to be participants in this inclusive event.

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Did something not go your way?

Flowchart that directs you to make a decision about when it is okay to say retard in almost any context. SO HANDY. Please use this. Put it in your wallet. Tattoo it on a special place. Do what you need to so that you can avoid using this and many other words. 

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The brain-computer interface race is designed for competitors who are paralysed from the neck down. They will control an avatar in a computer racing game via a headset that connects the brain to a computer.

There will also be races for those wearing arm or leg prosthetics, an exoskeleton race and a wheelchair race.

The assistive devices worn by the athletes, who will be known as pilots, can either be ones that are already commercially available or prototypes from research labs.

There will be two medals for each competition, one for the pilot and one for company that developed the device.

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Handsmatter Workshop

The Canadian Deafblind Association hosted a unique opportunity to join in a Handsmatter Workshop with Guido Dettoni, multidisciplinary artist and creator of the Deafblind Shape.

Through his work in the arts and the Deafblind Community in Europe, Guido has developed a collective creative process known as Handsmatter.  During this process, a person who is deafblind and his/her Intervenor share a piece of malleable wax.  Together their four hands shape the wax with no conscious intention to form something specific.  The Intervenor is blindfolded throughout the activity and is focused on following the lead of the person who is deafblind, supporting the process but being sensitive to expressions of independence.  At the end of the process, the shapes that were created will be the imprints and testimonies of the emotions and sentiments experienced in the shaping of the matter.  Handsmatter offers Intervenors an innovative channel in their communication and a new avenue of investigation and empathetic sharing which is emotional, psychological and aesthetic.  The shapes are considered a tactile-emotional bridge between the world of those who are deafblind and those who are sighted and hearing.  

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Scientists say they have new evidence that autism begins in the womb.

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Input From Three Body Systems

Normally, the brain effortlessly coordinates balance through input from three body systems:

Vision: The eyes send key signals to help determine where the body is in space, whether it’s moving, and, if so, in what direction.

Proprioception: Sensors in joints, muscles, and the skin provide information on spatial body movements and positions.

Vestibular System: Located in the inner ear, it consists of three curved, fluid-filled tubes, called semicircular canals which are located in right angles to each other. When the head moves, the fluid in these structures sloshes around, sending the brain messages about the direction and speed of rotation in all three dimensions. Where the semicircular canals meet, there’s another region known as the vestibule (made up of two chambers: the utricle and the saccule), containing a jelly-like layer and tiny calcium crystals. Tilting the head or body against gravity makes the crystals shift, which triggers signals about side-to-side or up-and-down movements - a bit like a carpenter’s spirit level.

Taken word for word from the article by Eva Chanda in June 2007 issue of Good Times, p 29.

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Image of a woman in a wheelchair getting out of her chair and reaching up to grab a bottle of wine…captioned “Miracle on Aisle 7!”
This was forwarded to me in a “Friday Smile” email. Why am I not surprised that there are many people out there that assume people in wheelchairs cannot be mobile without their chairs. This also applies to people who use any other type of Assistive Device(s).

Image of a woman in a wheelchair getting out of her chair and reaching up to grab a bottle of wine…captioned “Miracle on Aisle 7!”

This was forwarded to me in a “Friday Smile” email. Why am I not surprised that there are many people out there that assume people in wheelchairs cannot be mobile without their chairs. This also applies to people who use any other type of Assistive Device(s).

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Accessible ATM machine. 

Accessible ATM machine.