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Dad’s Invention for Disabled Daughter Gets Recognition at National Contest

A device developed by a Saanich father to keep his disabled daughter’s diaper dry has taken second prize in a Canadian national contest.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/dads-invention-for-disabled-daughter-gets-recognition-at-national-contest/

Could Assistive Tech Transform the Social Care Sector?

Learning disability charity Hft has partnered with Tunstall Healthcare, a specialist in connected healthcare solutions, to release a new report on how assistive technology can support and transform the social care sector.

The report looks at the untapped potential of assistive technology and how it can support disabled people, increase independence and free up carers to focus on more meaningful support. It also highlights how assistive technology could help bridge the disability employment gap and get more disabled people into work.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/could-assistive-tech-transform-the-social-care-sector/

SENIOR SCENE: Financial Help in Renovating Homes

Intelligencer Staff
Published on: July 9, 2019

Everyone always dreams of owning their own home and for seniors or other individuals with a disability, they dream of being able to continue to live in this home for as long as they choose. Dreams are wonderful, but, unfortunately, the reality of life and aging too often intervene and dash the dream.

Typically, the “dream dasher” includes accessibility and mobility issues that compromise safety and independence, and a financial situation that precludes the necessary modifications.

‘Super Power’ Artwork On Display at Heathrow Airport

A canopy of brightly coloured umbrellas has appeared at Heathrow as part of an initiative to raise awareness of neuro-developmental disorders, including Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), autism, Dyslexia, Dyscalculia and Dyspraxia.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/super-power-artwork-on-display-at-heathrow-airport/

Kids’ Mental Health Services No Place for a Patchwork Quilt

We would not tolerate that many kids being deprived of any other essential health service, but we do just that when it comes to mental health care. Opinion
Hamilton Spectator, April 23, 2019

For every 100 Ontario kids who need support and treatment for mental health issues, 67 aren’t receiving them. Imagine that. It is estimated that about a million children in the province battle mental health problems. So two thirds of them about 667,000 aren’t getting help.

What would happen if that same abysmal statistic applied to kids fighting childhood cancers? Or muscular degenerative diseases? Or visual impairment?

Mental health disorders are nothing more or less than that. Same as diabetes. Same as any other illness.

Universities: Stop Evicting Students With Mental Health Issues

The U of A is the most recent among universities making headlines for evicting a student with mental illness.

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https://thefulcrum.ca/opinions/universities-stop-evicting-students-with-mental-health-issues/

The Shifting Stigma Around Mental Health

Approximately 30 per cent of people in Ontario age 15 and up will experience a mental health or addictions challenge at some point in their lives Opinion by Dr. Thomas Stewart Hamilton Spectator

Dr. Thomas Stewart says of the decision to go public with a mental health challenge: “That decision takes courage. And for far too many people the complicated and overwhelming web of services makes it difficult for people to get connected to the care they need, when they need it.”

Every year two million people in Ontario visit their family doctors seeking support and treatment for mental health challenges such as depression, anxiety and substance use disorder; but we know the number of Ontarians living with mental illness is much higher.

More Students Join Class Action by Mental Health Coalition against Stanford University

Three more students have joined a precedent-setting class action brought by Disability Rights Advocates (DRA) against Stanford University for violating the rights of students with mental health disabilities.

The lawsuit alleges that Stanford routinely responds to student mental health crises by barring students from campus and evicting them from on-campus housing, violating disability laws.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/more-students-join-class-action-by-mental-health-coalition-against-stanford-university/

Mentally Disabled Win Class Status Over Loss of Services at Age 18 in Ontario

By Colin Perkel
The Canadian Press, December 14, 2018

TORONTO A lawsuit alleging the Ontario government has been arbitrarily making thousands of mentally disabled people wait indefinitely for provincial government supports after they turn 18 was certified as a class action on Friday.

In his decision, Superior Court Justice Edward Belobaba agreed the plaintiff had made a strong enough case to allow the as-yet untested claim to proceed to trial on its merits.

“The plaintiff’s complaint is not about inadequate funding or the need for a greater allocation of governmental resources but about the negligent utilization and administration of existing resources,” Belobaba wrote in his decision.

Gretzky Bill Targets Supports for Adult Children With Disabilities

Windsor West MPP Gretzky confident her proposed legislation will be passed
Graphic: / Lisa Gretzky; Dan Janisse / Michelle Helou, left, with son Noah, and Mary Beth Rocheleau with son Gregory, at a news conference Friday where MPP Lisa Gretzky talked about her new private member’s bill – Noah and Gregory’s Law – that seeks to eliminate wait times for those with developmental disabilities.;

When Windsor’s Gregory Rocheleau turned 18 last month, there was cake and a celebration – but his passage into adulthood also triggered behind-the-scenes tears and panic for his single-parent mom.

“Deep down inside, I was very sad. I felt overwhelmed,” said Mary Beth Rocheleau.