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Study: Even With Fivefold Increase, Autism Likely Undercounted

“One of the assumptions about ASD is that it occurs alongside intellectual disabilities,” said Josephine Shenouda, an adjunct professor at the Rutgers School of Public Health and the lead author of the study, who pointed to older studies showing that as many as 75% of kids with autism have intellectual disability. “What our paper shows is that this assumption is not true.”


Denied Long-Term Disability for Mental Health Issues: Your Rights

In Canada, long-term disability (LTD) claims for mental health issues make up the lion’s share of claims filed each year.

Despite mental disorders, such as depression and anxiety, being recognized as conditions that can affect your ability to do your job, many insurance companies still turn down legitimate claims.


International Para Athletes Flocking to Cutting-Edge Accessible Program in Cochrane

The Canadian Para Snow Sport Training Centre officially launched in September. Based out of the Spray Lake Sawmills Family Sports Centre, it offers wheelchair and visually-impaired athletes training in multiple disciplines, both on and off the slopes.


Local Diabetic With Vision Loss Pushing for Legislated Accessibility on All Medical Equipment

Hooey, as with many diabetics, relies on insulin pumps for his diabetes treatment. But with his vision loss is unable to see the screen. There are not sufficient warning beeps, voice activation or other accessibility features that allow him to safely use the pumps on his own.


Program Aims to Make Treatment More Accessible for Diabetes Patients

David Coarsen has been living with diabetes for two years. He said the shift to virtual care saves him time and effort.

“It was just more convenient having things coming to me all the time rather than me going out somewhere to see a doctor,” Coarsen said.


Canadian Man Claims Assisted Suicide is Being Pushed on Him by Hospital

Roger Foley does not want to die yet – but he claims that the Canadian government is encouraging him to end it all.

“I’ve been pressured to do an assisted suicide,” he told The Post, alleging this happened with caretakers at Victoria Hospital, a primarily government-funded center in London, Ontario.


Pet Ownership Brings ‘Huge Benefits’ To Adults With Autism, Study Finds

“We looked at loneliness, social isolation, social anxiety, social support and overall satisfaction with life,” said Liam Cross of Edge Hill University in England who worked on the study published recently in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. “Pet ownership led to a higher quality of life, less anxiety and a wide range of other benefits.”


Some Doctors are Reluctant to Care for Patients With Disabilities, Study Finds

Details of three focus groups offer disturbing details about the challenges individuals with disabilities face when seeking care


Ontario Man Applies for State-Sponsored suicide Over Homelessness

“I don’t want to die but I don’t want to be homeless more than I don’t want to die,” 54-year-old Amir Farsoud said.


The Power of Music: Free Guitar and Piano Lessons Offered to Youth With Mental Illnesses in Richmond Hill

The free program will accept 20 people – prioritizing youth aged 14 to 25 – for individual music lessons for guitar and piano, and up to 40 people of all ages for the choir By Sheila WangReporter
Fri., Sept. 2, 2022

It’s widely believed that music has the power to heal.

High Notes Avante, a registered charitable association, is looking to bring the healing power of music to the Richmond Hill community and help those with mental health issues move forward on higher notes.

The association is kicking off a free instrumental music program in the Richmond Hill United Church this fall in hopes of using artistic expression to inspire, give hope and connect those touched by mental illness.

“Personally, I have always been appreciative of being able to express myself with music and think it is a right that everyone should have,” Ingrid Taheri, artistic and executive director of High Notes Avante, said.

Funded by a South-Central Richmond Hill Community Quick Action grant and the Richmond Hill Hall Charities Association, the free program will accept 20 people – prioritizing youth aged 14 to 25 – for individual music lessons for guitar and piano, and up to 40 people of all ages for the choir.

The choir will be offered in the Richmond Hill United Church on Mondays from 7 to 9 p.m. starting Monday, Sept. 19 and online on Friday mornings at 10:30 a.m., starting Sept. 9.

The piano lessons will be offered at Richmond Hill United Church on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays, according to the available schedule of the music teachers. Virtual lessons may also be an option.

Guitar lessons will be offered on Saturday mornings at Richmond Hill United Church and around the availability of the instructors in their studios, located in the same geographical vicinity.

“We are proud to make it available in Richmond Hill and especially to those who have a mental health story. We hope we can make it accessible elsewhere in the near future,” Taheri said.

Those who would like to participate in the program can apply or express interest at

High Notes Avante welcomes donations via CanadaHelps for the free program.

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