Wise Law Blog: LawFact of the Day: Employment Law

Here is your daily #LawFact from Wise Law Toronto for Tuesday June 13, 2017. Today we are talking about Employment Law. Did you know that your Employer has a duty to accommodate your disability up until a point of undue hardship? An employee is however responsible for requesting the accommodation and providing the employer with ...

Wise Law Blog: LawFact of the Day: Employment Law

Here is your daily LawFact from Wise Law for Wednesday February 22, 2017. Today we are talking about Employment Law. For more information on Employment Law, Family Law and Wills, Estates, and Estates Litigation, visit our website at www.wiselaw.net A post shared by Wise Law Office (@wiselaw) on Feb 22, 2017 at 7:06am PST Did ...

Wise Law Blog: LawFact of the Day: Employment Law

Here is your daily LawFact from Wise Law for Wednesday February 22, 2017. Today we are talking about Employment Law. For more information on Employment Law, Family Law and Wills, Estates, and Estates Litigation, visit our website at www.wiselaw.net A post shared by Wise Law Office (@wiselaw) on Feb 22, 2017 at 7:06am PST Did ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: Helping a Loved One to Give at Christmas or Hannukhah

I first posted this in 2013, but since we made the white chocolate bark in our family a few days ago, I thought I would share again. Enjoy baking and giving with your loved one!The last few days, I have been thinking about the privilege of giving.  This is a story that came to mind:I ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: Helping a Loved One to Give at Christmas or Hannukhah

I first posted this in 2013, but since we made the white chocolate bark in our family a few days ago, I thought I would share again. Enjoy baking and giving with your loved one!The last few days, I have been thinking about the privilege of giving.  This is a story that came to mind:I ...

Wise Law Blog: LawFact of the Day: Employment Law

Here is your daily LawFact from Wise Law for Tuesday October 25, 2016. Today we are talking about Employment Law. A video posted by Wise Law Office (@wiselaw) on Oct 25, 2016 at 6:43am PDT Did you know that your Employer has a duty to accommodate your disability up until a point of undue hardship?An ...

Things Are Good: An Ad Campaign That Sells More Than a Product

It can be hard navigating the world as a person with a disability, be it mental or physical, and it can be even harder to make friends. Unfortunately there is a lot of social stigma around people who look different, fortunately in the UK a company launched an ad campaign to sell chocolate and social ...

Cowichan Conversations: This Mother Spoke Up When Her Son Was The Only One Not Invite To A Birthday Party

This is a busy time of year and I have not posted much on my blog lately, but this piece posted on ‘Buzzfeed’ jumped out at me and I decided to post it. I hope Read more…

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: Helping Someone Apply for Social Security Disability Benefits

A Guest Post by Donna Fitzgerald As a caregiver, it’s likely you’ve helped to fill out and assisted with mountains of important paperwork. If you are caring for a loved one or have recently become employed to help care for someone with a debilitating medical condition, there’s a good chance that he or she is ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: Helping Someone Apply for Social Security Disability Benefits

A Guest Post by Donna Fitzgerald As a caregiver, it’s likely you’ve helped to fill out and assisted with mountains of important paperwork. If you are caring for a loved one or have recently become employed to help care for someone with a debilitating medical condition, there’s a good chance that he or she is ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: ‘SETTLING FOR’ – THAT’S WHAT CAREGIVERS DO

settling for, to be satisfied with: to settle for less. I had a dream and it was to become an actor.  I studied performance at university and went on to work in professional theatre as an actor, director and teacher.  My fascination lay in giving voice to human stories – in locating metaphors that could transform deeply personal experiences into universal truths.  When ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: Parents of Kids With Disabilities Don’t Get Sick, Right?

This morning, there is a medical appointment in my diary.  It’s not a specialist clinic for our son Nicholas; it’s for me.  I’m going to review my spinal xrays with our GP.  I’ve abused my spine by lifting Nicholas throughout his life and Natalie when she was small. Now, I have degenerative disc disease and ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: How To Be A Resilient Caregiver – Especially When Change Hits Hard

Resilience is a word that’s thrown around a lot these days.  Everyone needs it and everyone wants it, especially people giving or receiving care.   And the truth is we all need resilience the most at times of big life changes or transitions.  We mine our reserves of strength and optimism when our children with disabilities ...

wmtc: wheelchair rugby finals, parapan am games 2015

The 2015 Pan Am Games and Parapan Am Games were held in Toronto and the GTA this summer. Although I regard these events as a ridiculous waste of money, a very bad deal for residents of the host cities, there was one very bright upside for me: the opportunity to see some disability sports, nearby ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: WHAT IS A SUPPORT NETWORK AND WHAT WILL IT DO FOR ME?

I wrote this for an audience of adults with disabilities who want to get started using a tech tool to coordinate the help of friends and family in a circle of care.  But the model works for seniors too, as well as anyone who requires some assistance to get through a life challenge.   Here, ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: National Community Care Insurance: What’s New in Canada

According to the 2014 Global Age Watch Index, Norway is the best country to be a senior citizen or person with disabilities.  Apart from Japan (9), all the top 10 countries are again in Western Europe, North America and Australasia. Norway shifted health care resources from hospitals to home and they have a huge financial, ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: The Worth of Vulnerability

Marilynne Robinson is a great American novelist and essayist who mines contemporary society for meaning.  Her themes are expansive and biblical in their proportions.  This what she said in a New York Times Magazine interview recently: “People,” Robinson said, pausing before she defined that familiar word in original terms: “Brilliant creatures, who at a very high rate, ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: A Dream Come True: How One Community is Supporting its Citizens with Disabilities from Cradle to Grave

Until very recently, I have never met a parent of a child with disabilities who didn’t worry about the future.  “What will happen to my child after I die?  Where will my child live? Who will love my child and keep him safe?”  These are the anxieties that make restful sleep impossible for ageing parents. ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: How Can Yoga Help Dementia Patients (and Their Caregivers)?

How Can Yoga Help Dementia Patients? by Camille Leavold Yoga is a popular form of exercise that has a variety of health benefits, which have gained attention from the general public and medical professionals alike. Benefits of yoga include improved strength, flexibility and posture, improvement in balance, a reduction in aches and pains and an ...

wmtc: things i heard at the library: an occasional series: #14

One of our regular Readers’ Den customers approached me with her usual long list of movies. She researches movies online, prints out lists, and comes to the desk to see what we have in our collection. Anything we have, we place on hold for her. She’s a great customer, in terms of library use. She ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: An Interview With Me About Caregiving and Writing About Family Life & Ideas

Recently, I gave an interview to Kris Bone, a writer with the Puritan Magazine (a Canadian literary journal).  Here’s his article about my book, “The Four Walls of My Freedom: Lessons I’ve Learned From a Life of Caregiving” (House of Anansi Press, 2014).  My book is available everywhere in Canada and for pre-order in the ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: Blog Challenge Week One: My Connection to Disability

This summer, I’m participating in a blog hop.  The first topic of discussion is ‘My Connection to Disability’. It was 1972 and I was seventeen.  I remember it was hot and humid on the day that the loudspeaker crackled to life and called my name, telling me to go to the office immediately.  I remember ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: Innovating for Caregivers at The SIX Vancouver Summer School

I’m on a plane now, reading over the notes I’ve made from the last four days.  I’ve just come from a week of listening, sharing and thinking about how society can be shaped and shifted to support family caregivers.  I was thinking too, about how care is at the heart of social change. The SIX ...

wmtc: not a funny story: ned vizzini, youth fiction, and suicide

It’s so hard to talk when you want to kill yourself. That’s the first line of Ned Vizzini’s excellent 2006 youth novel, It’s Kind of a Funny Story. By the time I read the book this year, the author was already dead. Vizzini committed suicide last December; he was only 32 years old. Those facts ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM - A Blog by Donna Thomson: Could Gilberto Powell Have Been Your Son, Mister President?

Nearly every day I see stories in the media of people with disabilities being abused. (For example, the case of Ethan Saylor, the young man with Down Syndrome who was killed by police when he went to the cinema).   But I normally don’t blog about them because I am not a rights activist – I’m ...