No Christmas Joy for Disability Camp Supporters

Wilderness Discovery Resort for the Disabled is Ontario’s unique and fully-accessible recreational facility on Lake Shebandowan. by: Jeff Turl
December 19, 2016

The Ontario government has dropped a lump of coal in the stocking of a group trying to save a northern Ontario lodge for the disabled.

For the past 30 years, Wilderness Discovery, just west of Thunder Bay has met the special needs of the disabled community in a scenic spot on panoramic Lake Shebandowan where they feel welcome, accepted, and equal.The cabins are barrier-free with roll-in showers, wide doorways, and low-cut countertops. Each unit has an adjustable hospital bed, hydraulic patient lift, and shower/commode chairs. It was built on Crown land by community volunteers.

Gravenhurst woman starts up online store to help special-needs kids, families

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By Brent Cooper

Natalie Edwards of Gravenhurst may have started Canada’s first online store for toys and tools geared for special-needs kids and families.

Natalie Edwards has launched My Special Toolbox, an e-store that offers toys and therapeutic tools for those with autism, ADHD, and anyone challenged with sensory integration, speech/communication skills, and fine and gross motor development.

Edwards, who is a licensed applied behaviour analysis therapist, has been working as a private contractor for a Barrie company, helping area families with special-needs children. She said that during her work she would routinely order toys and other therapeutic tools from companies outside Canada to help her and the families, with many of the tools coming from online companies based in the United States.

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In this Issue

Chelsea Hotel, Toronto Wins Accessibility Award

“Our commitment to Closing the Gap is a natural extension of our Chelsea CARES program, which helps Toronto’s hospital community provide complimentary hotel rooms to families in need and includes a five-year sponsorship of SickKids Foundation,” said Rob Housez, general manager of the hotel.


In Quebec, French-Language Media Aren’t Talking About Accessibility

“For some reason, the French-language media in Quebec seem to see accessibility as a charity issue, whereas in the English-speaking world, especially in the United States, it’s seen as a human rights issue,” Breton said.

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Blind Man Sets Out Alone in Google’s Driverless Car

A blind man has successfully traveled around Austin unaccompanied in a car without a steering wheel or floor pedals, Google announced Tuesday.


City Committee Approves Changes to Transit Subsidies

The Chairperson of London’s Accessibility Advisory Committee, Roger Khouri, spoke out in favour of keeping the subsidy for the blind.


Your quiet hybrid is likely to make itself heard in the not-so-distant future

Under a new safety regulation issued by the federal government, hybrids and electric cars will be equipped with a device that emits sound to alert passersby that the vehicle is running. Manufacturers have until Sept. 1, 2019, to meet the requirement.


How to Get Help for Mental Illness in Ontario

Coping with mental illness is one thing. Navigating the health-care system is another.

Keith Bundock suffers from chronic depression and sought help after a suicide attempt left him in the hospital. By Lauren PelleyStaff Reporter
Sun., Dec. 11, 2016

Keith Bundock isnt sure when his life started falling apart.

He mightve been 35, or maybe 40. During that time, his marriage was breaking down and his church was closing up. His support network was suddenly gone, and he was having odd, unsettling feelings of fogginess and confusion.

Even stranger, though, was that Bundock often didnt feel much at all.

It wasnt until a suicide attempt left him in a psychiatric ward that the east-end resident learned what was really going on: He was coping with severe chronic depression.

TransHelp Celebrates 35 Years and Prepares for Big Changes in Transit Service for Peel’s Disabled

TransHelp must make client eligibility changes by Jan. 1, 2017 to comply with Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) requirements that come into force in the new year.