Monday, December 9, 2019

Tag: Canada

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

Published: September 11, 2019

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 has been using a wheelchair ever since a seizure caused him to fall seven feet from a balcony 14 years ago.

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

Published: September 1, 2019 | Spinal Cord Injury:

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 a spinal cord injury causing partial paralysis in my legs, but I was fortunate to have been raised by a family who taught me how to love myself and be who I am.

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

Published: July 7, 2019 | Spinal Cord Injury:

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 mobility limitations, has designed ‘JACO’ to function like a human arm, allowing those with limited or no upper limb mobility to enjoy a greater level of autonomy.

Rick Hansen’s new mission: Improving accessibility across Canada

Published: May 22, 2019

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 even a recording of someone reading it.

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

Published: April 11, 2019

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 on CBC’s Go Public, the checkout clerk said she was slowing down the line as she struggled to bag her groceries, and the store said no staff were available to help her. Presumably, neither were other patrons.

This story is consistent with what many disabled people say they experience. The Human Rights Commission says that almost 60 per cent of all claims cite disability as the basis for discrimination. People with disabilities are routinely denied the rights we all know they are entitled to.

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

Published: February 27, 2019 | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Ryan StraschnitzkiCALGARY — 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 physiotherapists, is being shown how to keep himself upright on his arms and how to move his legs forward, a few inches at a time.

Paralyzed former rock climber explores cutting-edge science in Toronto

Published: January 2, 2019 | Spinal Cord Injury:

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 Chemistry, he surprised himself. Working on the cutting edge of science felt similar to scaling the edge of a cliff, he said.

“I fell in love with the exploratory nature of it,” the U.K.-born professor told CTV National News. “Finding out new stuff, exploring new things — it was a similar feeling to when I was out in the mountains climbing.”

Voice-operated Camera for Journalist in Need

Published: December 23, 2018 | Spinal Cord Injury: , , ,

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 once said, was her life.

That changed forever in September 2005. Pioro was training for a performance with a Toronto-based circus when a mid-air flip went terribly wrong. She fell 40 feet, landed badly in the safety net and severed her spinal cord.

Burning desire: Quadriplegic artist turns sun’s rays into portrait of Oilers’ McDavid

Published: May 26, 2018 | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

‘He’s going up on my wall,’ Norm Shewchuk says of the picture he created on wood

Growing up in Gimli, Man., Norm Shewchuk was passionate about hockey.

But in 1983, a life-altering accident ended his dream of playing the game.

“I was 16 and playing league hockey, and I just went for the puck in the corner and I got cross-checked from behind and I went headfirst into the boards,” Shewchuk said in an interview with CBC News.

Wheelchair curling at the 2018 Winter Paralympics: All you need to know

Published: March 2, 2018 | Spinal Cord Injury: , ,

Wheelchair curling made its Paralympic debut in Torino in 2006.

Teams are comprised of male and female athletes who have a physical impairment in the lower half of their body. This can include spinal-cord injuries, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis and double-leg amputation.

The team has four players: Lead, second, third and skip, plus an alternate who can come in as a replacement.

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