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Words Hurt

Posted under: Disability, Accessibility and Inclusion

By John Franklin Stephens denverpost.com

What’s the big deal about using the word “retard”?

A lot of people are talking about the movie “Tropic Thunder.” One of the reasons that it is being talked about is that the characters use the term “retard” over and over. They use it the same way that kids do all the time, to jokingly insult one another.

The people who made the movie, DreamWorks and Paramount, and many of the critics who have reviewed it, say that the term is being used by characters who are dumb and shallow themselves.

A Day In the Summer Life of Sandi

Posted under: Just Sandi

I look forward to summer during the l-o-n-g, cold days of winter. Here it is and there it goes!

It is August already. All the wonderful plans of sitting in the sun (yes, I am a sun worshipper) with feet up and a long cool one have gone for naught. I am still hoping and wishing and dreaming of at least a few days to enjoy this, the most wonderful time of the year.

Does anyone agree?

Hiring Disabled Workers

Posted under: Disability, Accessibility and Inclusion

From CBC

People with disabilities have a tougher time finding work compared to able-bodied people because many employers feel it’s too risky to hire them. Laura spoke with Mark Wafer, an entrepreneur who goes out of his way to hire disabled workers.

http://www.cbc.ca/video/watch/AudioMobile/Here and Now Toronto/ID=2262173739

A tight labour market in Saskatchewan is opening doors that were previously shut when people with disabilities tried to enter the workforce. <read article from CBC>


AODA – Customer Service Standard

Posted under: AODA,Customer Service Standard

picture of a group of people with a variety of disabilitiesAccessible customer service is not about ramps or automatic door openers. It’s about understanding that people with disabilities may have different needs. It can be as easy as
asking “How can I help?” and making small changes to how you serve customers with disabilities.


Learn more at The Ministry of Community and Social Services

Bearing Witness: Luke Melchior

Posted under: Disability, Accessibility and Inclusion,Resource

A documentary by Dan Curtis, 2003

This feature documentary is a portrait of Luke Melchior who, at 26, has lived longer than most people with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a progressive wasting of the muscles. Knowing his life will be relatively short has made Luke feel an urgency about making a lasting contribution. He lives independently, with the help of 3 homecare workers, runs a web-based business selling outdoor gear, and chairs the board of the Disability Resource Centre in Victoria, BC, where he is a passionate advocate for the rights of the disabled.




Toward Intimacy

Posted under: Disability, Accessibility and Inclusion,Resource

A Documentary by Debbie McGee, 1992

Women with disabilities are working towards full participation in all areas of life. Toward Intimacy is a cross-disability affirmation of the right of women with disabilities to seek, develop and sustain intimate relationships with the partners of their choice. In this moving one-hour film, four disabled women from across Canada share their personal experiences, with particular emphasis on sexuality, self-esteem, stereotyping, and parenting.