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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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Untreated Postpartum Leads to Denied Disability Claim

Untreated Postpartum Leads to Denied Disability Claim

Lorraine started working as a postal worker when she was in her early 20s. She loved the job – she had a flexible schedule, the job was physical, and it kept her up and moving where other desk jobs didn’t. Lorraine had lived with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) for most of her life. She appreciated that her job helped her spend more time outside, active, and on her feet. The increase in physical activity truly helped her cope with her SAD, and made life infinitely easier. The condition still persisted, but she felt in control of it.   When she had her daughter,...
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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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Celebrity Parents with Disabilities

Celebrity Parents with Disabilities

We often think of celebrities as having it all. They’re impervious to the trials of everyday life, and live in an enchanted world where illness and disabilities don’t touch them. This is simply not true. Especially as we’ve seen in recent years with a heightened awareness of mental illness, there are a number of celebrities who live with disabilities, both visible and invisible, on a daily basis. Many are also parents. Marlee Matlin The Oscar winner lost all of the hearing in her right ear and 80% of the hearing in her left ear when she was just 18 months old. She has...
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When Fitness Equals Finance

When Fitness Equals Finance

When Logan was young, he would spend every day outdoors. There was nothing he loved more than tossing a ball, shooting a puck, and running around with his friends. He was athletic from the time he could walk  – and physical activity was an important part of his life. As he got older he began to run marathons. Fitness became not only a hobby, but a lifestyle for him. For that reason, he decided to turn his passion into a career. He loved his job as a physical trainer. Not only was he active all day long, but he felt like he was truly helping others achieve their...
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A Carpenter Without her Tools

A Carpenter Without her Tools

As soon as Ira picked up a hammer in her high school shop class, she knew that building was what she was meant to do. Woodworking became an early passion of hers, and her skills grew stronger as she worked as an apprentice under many accomplished craftspeople. What started as a hobby became a career, and she was great at what she did. At the age of 40, Ira had been working as a professional carpenter for nearly 20 years. One day, she lost her balance while working on site, and dropped a power tool. Nobody was harmed, but she was still concerned. This was the first time...