Aging at Home: Will You Be Lonely?

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Most people say they want to age at home, but there’s a funny thing about that. Although folks want to stay in familiar surroundings to be near friends and family, too many people as they get older find themselves stranded in their own neighborhoods, suffering from a shrinking social network. In …

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9 Simple Tips for Making Your Website Disability-Friendly

The Internet isn’t always “one size fits all.” Every day, inaccessible web design prevents billions of people in the disabled community from an easy online experience. For those with visual impairments, learning difficulties, hearing loss and more, there are dozens of unique challenges waiting behind every URL. But building a …

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Canadian Airlines Told To Allow Free Attendant Fare

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In January 2008, the Canadian Transportation Agency gave Canadian airlines a year to carry out policies to allow free attendant travel for people with severe disabilities who cannot travel alone. The CTA policy was called One Person One Fare. There is the good and bad to this story. WestJet WestJet …

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A LETTER TO PATIENTS WITH CHRONIC DISEASE

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Author: Dr Rob Laberts, LLC, Internal Medicine & Pediatrics Dear Patients: You have it very hard, much harder than most people understand.  Having sat for 16 years listening to the stories, seeing the tiredness in your eyes, hearing you try to describe the indescribable, I have come to understand that I …

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UCLA scientists to study new ways to restore hand movement after paralysis

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The National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering has awarded UCLA researchers Dr. Daniel Lu (Brentwood) and Dr. Reggie Edgerton (Bel Air) a $6 million, five-year grant to explore new therapies for the approximately 273,000 Americans living with spinal-cord injuries. Some 12,000 Americans suffer such injuries each year. The UCLA research will …

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Big Pharma made $711 bln overcharging seniors and disabled

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The 11 largest drug companies have made $711 billion in profits in just a decade, largely due to overcharging Medicare, which does not seek out competitive prices and uses taxpayer funds to support Big Pharma. Since Medicare is prohibited from purchasing drugs based on their cost, its prescription drug program …

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Should employees talk about mental illness?

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This month media campaigns are encouraging people to talk about mental illness. This raises the question about whether employees should talk to their employer about mental illness or remain silent for fear of losing their jobs. According to the Ontario Human Rights Commission (Commission) in its recent paper “Minds That …

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A double standard in disabilities

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When did “crackhead” become the disparagement de jour? Should addiction be treated any differently than other disabilities? William Halliday, a recovering addict, took a second job at Van Toen Innovations, checking with car dealerships to get the best deal for the automobile broker’s clients. He had been in 14 residential …

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Stop the Stigma: Mental Health Webcast Series

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The Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) in partnership with the Mood Disorder Society of Canada (MDSC) is pleased to present a series of three free broadcasts in the Stop the Stigma mental health webcast series. These webcasts focus on the stigma of mental illness among health care professions and in relation to Anxiety …

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How home business brings freedom for entrepreneurs with disabilities

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Meet the SME owners overcoming the challenges of having a disability by running a small business from home. Running a business from home is popular with entrepreneurs, for reasons such as convenience, cost savings and flexibility. For those who are affected by health issues and disabilities, a home setting can also provide the freedom and flexibility they need to run a …

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