Including Samuel

January 23, 2012

Samuel is a little boy who dreams of becoming an astronaut.  His favourite colour is yellow, and he loves to play baseball. He also happens to have cerebral palsy.  Including Samuel is an award-winning documentary produced by Daniel Habib, Samuel’s father.  In the film, Samuel’s family– his mother Betsy, father Daniel, and brother Isaiah– are profiled.  They [...]

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Holiday Family Photos as a Learning Tool

January 18, 2012

Before the holidays, a woman was walking down our street. She smiled and said hi to us as she went by our home. My daughter looked at her, pointed, and yelled, “Man, Man!”. She has also been known to use the word “Daddy” for men we’ve never seen before.  Current language goal: nouns for people. When [...]

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Downs: the history of a disability

January 15, 2012

Author David Wright is a Canadian professor at McGill University in the field of medical history; he also happens to have a sister with Down syndrome.  From the prologue where Wright describes childhood in the 60s with his sister to the journey he takes us on through several hundred years of social change, Downs: the history of a disability is a [...]

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Welcome!

January 14, 2012

I’m so glad you stopped by my new website! I recently completed an amazing 8-week course called the The Girl’s Guide to Web Design. It was a very impressive online program which I happened upon quite serendipitously one day when I was trying to figure out how to make my site easier to navigate.  If you have ever wanted [...]

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Walking On Sunshine!

September 23, 2011

We’ve had a very exciting few weeks!  At 3 years, 4 months and about 3 weeks, our Rachel has made the transition from crawler to walker.  It’s hard to describe how this has changed our lives.  I’ve had a couple of people jokingly say, “Oh, just wait, you’ll soon wish she wasn’t walking again!”  To [...]

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As Long As It’s Healthy

August 24, 2011

  I wanted to share a video with you (and not just because my daughter is in it!)   My friend Denise created this video to challenge the common phrase mothers hear when expecting a baby– “as long as it’s healthy”.  This video was entered into the Bloorview filmpossible contest, whose goal it is to “bring visibility to [...]

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Believe, Inspire, Persevere

July 29, 2011

When I was in my late teens, I applied for a volunteer position at our local hospital.  I had aspirations of becoming a speech-language pathologist, so I requested that I be placed in the SLP department in order to gain some experience. There were three therapists in that department, including a young, fair-haired woman who had recently graduated from [...]

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Gifts 2: How People with Down Syndrome Enrich the World

July 20, 2011

Three years ago when my daughter was born, I received a special book – Gifts: Mothers Reflect on How Children with Down Syndrome Enrich their Lives. The editor, Kathryn Lynard Soper, a writer who has a son with Down syndrome, worked with several other mothers to form a collection of personal stories expressing the blessings children [...]

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Greece is the Word

July 6, 2011

My husband was born and raised in Greece, and I absolutely love the dimension that getting to know his culture and a bit of the Greek language has added to my life.  His immediate family all still live there, so we are very privileged to be able to travel to Greece every couple of years for [...]

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Lost Together

July 2, 2011

“And if we’re lost, then we are lost together” – Lyrics from Lost Together by Blue Rodeo About a year ago when the finale of the television series Lost aired, I had a sudden thought.  It occurred to me that parents of children with special needs share a bond similar to that of  the Oceanic 815 passengers who crashed [...]

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