DisabilityMobility

Permobil M3 Corpus – my review

In January I got a new wheelchair – a Permobil M3 Corpus. It’s taken me a long time to write this review, because every time I went to do it, something happened, either to me or to the chair! Getting… Continue Reading…

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The Disability Diaries in The Guardian

What a great read the Disability Diaries are! I find myself amazed that there were so many experiences that were exactly the same as mine, and disappointed that so many of us have the same experiences, at the same time.… Continue Reading…

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Technology is making huge changes

Stories like this one on CBC about a Nova Scotia woman who is now able to communicate independently for the first time in 21 years show the improvements that are being made in the lives of disabled people.  I am… Continue Reading…

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Assistive Technology in the news

Two articles popped up today, both about assistive technology. The March of Dimes has a competition in BC and another one in Calgary, offering the chance for 8 disabled people to win a tablet set up to support them. While… Continue Reading…

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When service doesn’t serve

Some people know what service means, others clearly don’t. A little while ago we had problems with our wheelchair accessible van. It has a lower floor and it will kneel even further. That system is run on an airbag, and… Continue Reading…

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Travelling While Disabled

I just got back from a really quick trip to Vancouver for a meeting. We flew there and back, with all the usual challenges that it brings. An added one greeted me on collecting the chair when I got off… Continue Reading…

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A Client Centred Approach to Care

We have an election in BC on May 9th for the provincial government. Both Disability Alliance BC and the MS Society are working on their priorities for the upcoming campaign. It’s important that we think about the people behind the… Continue Reading…

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The long reach of a publication

I know a lot of you academic types. You write things, it gets published. Maybe it gets read, maybe it doesn’t. What if I told you that a document about categories for an economic report would be used 25 years… Continue Reading…

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Representing Disabled People on TV – I’m Speechless 

The representation of disability on tv often leaves much to the imagination. Disabled people are often figures of pity. Their disability is centre stage, not them as individuals. In Scorpion, for example, the main protagonist’s sister had MS. She seemed… Continue Reading…

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Happy MS-iversary to me!

Here we are again – another year older, another year wiser? Certainly another year with MS – September 1st makes it 8 years. As my loyal and regular readers (?!?) will remember from last year, I choose to celebrate this… Continue Reading…

Michelle in wheelchair with lightsaber fighting Dart Vader

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