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Successful Disability Claim for a Single Father with PTSD

Successful Disability Claim for a Single Father with PTSD

Michele was a single father of two who worked at a record shop downtown. Each morning, he’d drive his kids to school, then head over to the record shop for his day. He was starting to save up to open his own shop, and he was getting close. Then, one day at work, Michele was assaulted. A customer came into the shop, got verbally aggressive, and then tried to lash out at Michele physically, lunging across the counter at him. He wasn’t severely hurt, though the customer did manage to hit him several times in the head. He needed to take some time off work to recover, as he’d...
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Accessibility in Public Spaces

Accessibility in Public Spaces

In 2005, the province of Ontario rolled out the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), kicking off a 20-year plan to make the province fully accessible by 2025. In 2015, the province released the Path to 2025: Ontario’s Accessibility Action Plan to help keep these goals on track. Within the Path are laid out the rules and guidelines businesses, non-profits, public sector organizations, educational institutions and more must abide by in accordance with the AODA. Not All Businesses Must Comply  With The Same Accessibility Standards The first thing to keep...
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Helping Children Understand Disability

Helping Children Understand Disability

Children are incredibly inquisitive. From a young age, if they see something they don’t understand they will often ask “What’s that?” without a moment’s pause. “Why?” Will become a key part of their regular vocabulary. However, it can be daunting for parents when their kids start asking questions about more difficult subject matter, like disabilities. Often, a child’s candor can make adults uncomfortable. But the key is to answer their questions honestly. Instead of shying away from a potentially uncomfortable conversation, discuss the reality of the matter openly and...
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Parents with Invisible Disabilities

Parents with Invisible Disabilities

Parenting is difficult at the best of times. It’s a constant balancing act, juggling your own needs with those of your children. It’s difficult for parents with disabilities to escape the stigma that surrounds them. Sometimes deemed unfit based on their limitations, society fails to pay attention to their strengths and undermines their abilities. This is no different for parents with invisible illnesses or disabilities, such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, or a wealth of other mental health issues. For some potential parents, the fear of what their mental health...
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New Father’s Disability Claim Denied

New Father’s Disability Claim Denied

Ron has been a gardener for over 20 years. He always loved working outside and with his hands. He started his own company shortly after graduating from University, and it took off. Now at 42 years old, he’s the primary breadwinner for his family and has a beautiful 8-month-old daughter. Life seemed perfect. That’s when the pain started to kick in. His wife needed a bit more help around the house after the baby, so he started helping out with more chores. Then one night while grabbing the laundry from the basement he felt something pop in his back. Suddenly he was in...
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Resources for Parents with Disabilities

Resources for Parents with Disabilities

Being a parent is difficult enough on its own! Coordinating with after-school activities, making sure meals are planned and groceries bought for the week, your own work schedule, and time for yourself and your partner all add up to a great deal of activity, and there never seem to be enough hours in the day. What happens if you’re a parent with a disability? The complex answer is that everything and nothing changes. The fundamental parts of human nature that makes someone capable of being a parent remain the same. What changes are the limitations, perceptions, and...