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"Attitude is what plays the biggest role in patient recovery. If a patient can maintain a positive attitude, he will go farther than those people who can’t."

— Dr. Nora Cullen of West Park Healthcare Centre in Toronto re: recovering from Brain Injury.

Source: Summer 2012 Rehab Matters publication pages 7-8. 

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Stats on Brain Injury

  • There are 27,000 children with ABI in schools
  • 20% of people in psychiatric settings appear to have a history of brain injury
  • In Ontario, 44 people sustain a brain injury daily.
  • Brain injury is the greatest cause of death and disability for people under the age of 45
  • Brain injury kills more children under 20 than all other causes combined
  • In Ontario, someone suffers a brain injury every 3 minutes.
  • 11,000 Canadians will die each year from Brain injury

Source: Summer 2012 Rehab Matters publication pages 7-8. 

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A little bit about Brain Injury

Nearly ½ million people in Ontario alone live with acquired brain injuries (ABI) and this number doesn’t even begin to describe the amount of people affected by ABI such as family, friends, employers.

There are almost 18,000 emergency room visits in Ontario as a result of traumatic brain injuries (TBI – meaning a brain injury caused by a blow to the head). The instances of TBI are greater than multiple sclerosis, spinal cord injury, HIV/AIDS, and breast cancer COMBINED.

Anyone can suffer a TBI, anytime, anywhere. Research shows that the use of safety equipment (WEAR YOUR HELMETS KIDS) reduces the chances of injury to the brain.

Source: Summer 2012 Rehab Matters publication pages 7-8. 

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A video on the benefits of conductive education.

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Can learning to dance help people with Parkinson’s?

Apparently, yes. I read an article in YorkU Spring 2014 about how a York Research team collaborated with a retired professional ballet dancer to see if learning to dance or learning a specific dance routine can improve motor control in people with this type of disability.

"Parkinson’s diease is a neurological disease and degenerative disorder of the central nervous system which severely inhibits movement, currently affecting more than 100,000 Canadians. The motor symptoms of Parkinson’s result from the loss of dopamine-generating cells in a region of the midbrain; the cause of the cell death is unknown. Early in the course of the disease, the most obvious symptoms are movement-related, including shaking, rigidity, slowness of movement and difficulty with walking and gait. Later, cognitive and behavioural problems may start to arise, with dementia occuring in the advanced stages of the disease. Depression is the most common psychiatric symptom." The researchers are using Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) equipment to scan the brains of Parkinson’s patients before during, and after learning a dance routine. They’re trying to determine if the brains of Parkinson’s sufferers might navigate new paths around damaged areas.

Let’s cut to the chase: dance seems to help people with Parkinson’s just like singing helps people who stutter. Their research is ongoing but what they have come across so far in itself is incredible. YAY DANCE.

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Carlos, a deaf-blind Brazil fan, got to experience the 2014 World Cup thanks to a kind act by some friends…

THEY BUILT A PITCH. This is awesome on so many levels. My favourite part is 10:00 onwards…watch the reaction to that goal. PRECIOUS.

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Integrated Martial Arts for Individuals with Physical Disabilities hosted by Richmond Hill Budokan and Beyond Abilities Centre
Offered all year round, one hour classes on Wednesdays - 6:00 to 7:00 P.M.
Address: 10 Newkirk Road, Unit 7, Richmond Hill, ON  L4C 5S3
Open House on Wednesday, June 25, 2014; 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Please R.S.V.P., including number attending, to BeyondAbilities@start.ca or call 905-478-2888
Programs are designed to help participants with:
Self Defence
Respect
Honour
Increase Concentration
Discipline
Self Esteem
Confidence
Eye-Hand-Foot Coordination

Integrated Martial Arts for Individuals with Physical Disabilities hosted by Richmond Hill Budokan and Beyond Abilities Centre

Offered all year round, one hour classes on Wednesdays - 6:00 to 7:00 P.M.

Address: 10 Newkirk Road, Unit 7, Richmond Hill, ON  L4C 5S3

Open House on Wednesday, June 25, 2014; 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Please R.S.V.P., including number attending, to BeyondAbilities@start.ca or call 905-478-2888

Programs are designed to help participants with:

Self Defence

Respect

Honour

Increase Concentration

Discipline

Self Esteem

Confidence

Eye-Hand-Foot Coordination

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noah is recognizing Yvonne for being an amazing Mom! Visit her Mom of the Year nomination page and show her how loved she is!

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“Children with complex communication needs (CCN) need various devices, tools, and supports in order to communicate effectively and to access the curriculum in their schools. This is a simple, solid, well-researched principle and it is the legal right of a child with CCN to have a device and the support services necessary to implement the device (staff training, family training, etc.).”

Great blogpost. 

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On March 6, Brooke Hamilton inadvertently live-tweeted her psychotic episode. The Twitter community reached out and called the police. Now she’s keeping a blog of her recovery to raise awareness about mental illness. WARNING: the story contains language that some may find offensive.

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Since her young son was diagnosed as autistic, Sara Dunn has been attempting to help “challenge the myths surrounding autism” with a camera.

The photographer has been documenting her experiences with her son and other families affected by autism through photography.

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Pattern-recognition, demon-taming, and a humbling invitation into a different way of experiencing the world. Autism and its related condi

“Autism and its related conditions remain among the least understood mental health issues of our time.”

Autism = not a mental health issue. Still a neat article about how Autism is depicted through art featuring contributions from more than 50 international graphic artists and children who fall somewhere on the autism spectrum, with a foreword by none other than Temple Grandin.! Sidenote: not all individuals with Autism are savants or “masterminds” and yet this is what is highlighted when the dialogue about Autism is initiated…interesting.

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The Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) was established to help parents and others save for the long-term financial security of a disabled person (one who qualifies for the  Disability Tax Credit ).

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Practical Tips for Productive Living

4. Would you rather be rich and paralyzed from the waist down or poor and able bodied?

^…questions that require you to consider extremes…because having a disability is an extreme. Who wrote this?!

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Twelve years ago, Jason Padgett had never made it past pre-algebra. And then a violent mugging changed everything