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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…

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Where do you live?

This is a long post. Stick with it. There’s some tough stuff in here. As part of my volunteer work with the MS Society of Canada, I’m involved in a campaign to look for better housing solutions for people with… Continue Reading…

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A great little gadget from Cripple Concepts

I got this really great little gadget today – and it came with a freebie too! I had had this little XLR to USB adapter that let me charge my phone or iPad off my wheelchair, but it fell apart… Continue Reading…

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Charting the course of my MS through MRIs

If you know anything about MS, I’m sure you think you know what’s coming next – a discussion about the number of lesions I have accumulated, gadolinium contrast and the like. Well, you would be wrong! My first MRI, my… Continue Reading…

Michelle in wheelchair with lightsaber fighting Dart Vader

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