Thursday, April 15, 2021

Tag: Canada

Salamanders provide a model for spinal-cord regeneration

“Salamanders are unique because they are one of the only tetrapods able to regrow spinal cords with full functionality,” says Auke Ijspeert, the head of EPFL’s Biorobotics Laboratory. After an injury, these amphibians are...

UBC researchers seek participants for spinal cord injury study

Chronic pain is a common and often debilitating problem that can significantly impact function and quality of life for patients with spinal cord injury. To help find treatment solutions, UBC researchers are investigating the effectiveness...

3-week wait for wheelchair repair shows system is ‘broken,’ says Toronto man

Problem is province-wide, advocacy organization says A Toronto man says he's been left stranded as he waits for repairs to devices on which he depends daily, including his electric wheelchair. Joshua Dvorkin, 44, is quadriplegic and...

Dear Everybody, it’s time to address disability stigma in the media

More inclusive, realistic media landscape needed, writes Tai Young Growing up with a disability was never an issue for me. In fact, I grew up just like any other kid I knew. I was born with...

KINOVA’s “JACO” is a robotic arm designed to give independence to power wheelchair users

Developed by the quebec based company KINOVA, ‘JACO’ is an assistive robotic arm created to improve the quality of life of power wheelchair users. the team, who focus on projects to empower individuals with...

Rick Hansen’s new mission: Improving accessibility across Canada

Accessibility activist Rick Hansen has a new poster to show you. One with adjustable text at an eye level so people in wheelchairs can read it, text in multiple languages, a braille pad and...

Should I say ‘disabled person’ or ‘person with a disability’?⁠

Recently, an Alberta woman with an obvious physical disability was asked to leave a grocery store and not come back because she could not pack her own groceries quickly enough. According to the report...
Ryan Straschnitzki

‘I‘m here to inspire people‘: Paralyzed Humboldt Broncos player relearns old skills

CALGARY — Paralyzed Humboldt Broncos player Ryan Straschnitzki is on his hands and knees trying a skill he hasn‘t had to practise for 18 years — how to crawl. Straschnitzki, with the assistance of two...

Paralyzed former rock climber explores cutting-edge science in Toronto

Before a devastating rock-climbing accident paralyzed Michael Garton from the neck down, he never thought he would be trading in carabiners for test tubes. But when he went back to school for a degree in...

Voice-operated Camera for Journalist in Need

This journalist needed a voice-operated camera, but there was ‘nothing’ on the market. So he made her one As a trapeze performer, Carolyn Pioro made flying and flipping through the air look easy. Movement, she...