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Don't Miss the Client's Needs - an AAC Checklist

Prescribing the right AAC equipment is a team effort that requires the input of a Speech-Language Pathologist, Communication Disorder Assistant, Occupational Therapist, and Technologist. This document can function as a guide for a team approach to ensuring the client is prescribed the most suitable AAC equipment, keeping in mind not only their physical and mental capabilities, but also their personal ambitions.

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Psychology of Winning

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Sex and Spinal Cord Injuries
Laurie Crosby

Sex and Spinal Cord Injury: A Guide for Women, Part I

If you’re a woman who has sustained a spinal cord injury, you may be wondering if having a fulfilling sex life is still on the table for you. The answer is a resounding yes! In this article I want to give you tips that can help you to work towards this goal. First, I’d like to share some of my own journey with sex and SCI.

Laurie Crosby

How I Deal with People Staring at Me or My Wheelchair

When you have a visible disability and someone looks at you and begins to watch you, i.e., stare at you, you may begin to feel uncomfortable. Myself, I am very introverted and being stared at has always been hard for me to handle, even after 21 years in a wheelchair. In the early years after I first became disabled I reacted to being stared at with aggression. Over time I learned a few helpful tips to help me cope.

Amanda Robertson, MScOT

Spring into action: a spring cleaning guide for people with disabilities

If spring cleaning leaves you wondering where to start, you are not alone. Regardless of ability, spring cleaning can be daunting; tackling months of dirt build up is not for the faint of heart. However, if you live with a disability you may also have the added challenge of wondering *how* to start. So, we’ve put together a cleaning guide to troubleshoot some of the most common cleaning challenges.

Amanda Robertson, MScOT

The Birds and the Bees and Disabilities: What you need to know about sex and disability

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, and the world, once again, aflutter with all things love; now is the perfect time to remind those living with disabilities and their partners that sex is not reserved for able-bodied individuals. Like with any worthwhile activity it just requires a bit of planning, preparation and perhaps some creatively placed assistive devices. Read on for what you need to know about sex and disability to bring the fire this Valentine’s Day and all year long.

Pet Supplies for Disabled Owners
Amanda Robertson, MScOT

10 Cool Devices to help people with disabilities put a little wiggle in their pet’s wag

Healthy active living isn’t just for humans; our four-legged friends need opportunities to work their bodies and minds too. For people living with disabilities exercising a pet isn’t always as simple as putting on your running shoes and grabbing a leash. However, there are a number of really cool devices on the market to make it a little easier for you to put an extra wiggle in their wag. Read on to learn more about some of the devices available.

What Happened to You?
Paul van der Vorst

4 Tips for Getting Around as a New Wheelchair User

You reach out for the milk to find that there is only an ounce or so left. You sigh audibly. How did you forget to put milk on your list? Your daughter dropped off groceries yesterday, you don’t feel right sending her back to the store again today. You look down at your chair and then to the house keys hanging by the front door. The convenience store is only three blocks away, but you haven’t ventured further than your mailbox in the lobby. You wonder if you’re ready.

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The Importance of Allied-Health Teamwork

A live webinar with Margot Algie – an ALS patient, Team Builder, and Communication Specialist – and Markie Ryckman – an Occupational Therapist and Educator. This course was created for Allied Health professionals who want to incorporate effective teamwork in their workplace.