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‘Our nursery programs are a model for social change’ ~ Special needs disability parenting BLOOM – Parents Article

BLOOM: How did you get into this field?Silvia Souto: After studying psychology and education at university, I worked in special education services in Argentina with children from infants to age five. When my husband and I came to Canada, and were trying to improve our English, my ESL teacher encouraged me to look into Bloorview. You will talk to people who have similar interests, she said, and it will help your vocabulary. I came for a visit and was accepted…

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Busy engineer finds happiness in children’s hospital ~ Special needs disability parenting BLOOM – Parents Article

By Louise Kinross Emile Benyamin is an engineer who spends his days taking care of robots. His robots extract DNA from human blood and saliva, so it can be studied in research and clinical labs in hospitals. Emile travels across Canada to train scientists on the robots, and troubleshoot when there are problems. But when BLOOM interviewed Emile, he had come in to Holland Bloorview on a Thursday night to volunteer with young children in our Ronald McDonald Playroom. “Emile…

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Friday bonus watch ~ Special needs disability parenting BLOOM – Parents Article

Friday bonus watch ~ Special needs disability parenting BLOOM Friday bonus watch This short film about living with a dad who has cerebral palsy, uses a wheelchair, and communicates with a pointer and letterboard, is now available on YouTube. My Dad Matthew is seen through the eyes of Elijah, who was then 14, and considers his father… This is only a snippet of a Parents Article written by BLOOM – Parenting Kids With Disabilities Read Full Parenting Article

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How to keep in touch ~ Special needs disability parenting BLOOM – Parents Article

Do you want to read and watch family stories about parenting children with disabilities? And hear about what it’s like to work in children’s rehab? Plus get links to mainstream disability news and opinion pieces?   In addition to checking the blog, you can follow BLOOM on Facebook. Sign up to receive our monthly e-letter in your inbox (includes shout-outs to people and groups making the world a more inclusive place and our book shelf). And check out eight episodes of our…

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‘We Carry Kevan’ aims to inspire a new model of inclusive travel ~ Special needs disability parenting BLOOM – Parents Article

Kevan Chandler paid a visit to Holland Bloorview last week on a tour to promote his new book We Carry Kevan: Six friends. Three countries. No wheelchair. We’ve interviewed Kevan twice. Once about his 2016 trip to Europe with friends who carried him in a modified backpack, and once as he planned a similar trip last year to China, where he visited care centres that support orphans with disabilities. Kevan lives in Fort Wayne, Indiana, has spinal muscular atrophy, and…

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‘I’m trans because that’s who I am’ ~ Special needs disability parenting BLOOM – Parents Article

BLOOM: What does it mean to be transgender? Logan Wong: It’s when the gender you’re assigned at birth doesn’t match with what you believe to be your gender. Trans is an umbrella. It can mean you’re a guy, you’re a woman, or you’re both. There are new labels coming up every day. BLOOM: How did you recognize you were transgender? Logan Wong: I came out publicly last September. But I’ve known I was trans since I was seven. When I…

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What works in children’s rehab, and why, is researcher’s passion ~ Special needs disability parenting BLOOM – Parents Article

By Louise Kinross De-Lawrence Lamptey has a PhD in rehabilitation science and a master’s degree in clinical psychology. He has right-sided weakness related to cerebral palsy and grew up in Ghana. “When I was growing up I was less aware of my disabilities than I am now,” he says. “I was born with a disability, but I was never raised as a person with a disability.” De-Lawrence is a postdoctoral fellow doing research in inclusion and participation at Holland Bloorview…

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What You Need to Know – Single Mum, Parents Article

If you have a disability and want to be a parent, there are some things you should know. First, know that you’re not alone. There are an estimated 8 million American parents with some type of disability. There are many resources available to you, such as blog Q&As from other parents with disabilities who’ve been through the experience and share their insights. The federal government also lists helpful sites such as the ADA National Network, the National Council on Disability,…

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