Tag Archives: Accessibility

Woman with disability raises enough money to leave hospital and go home

CBC News | November 28, 2016, Written by Tori Weldon

Kelly Anne Denton said she could have come home months ago, but couldn’t afford the renovations needed to make her home wheelchair accessible.

She said after she was denied funding from the Department of Social Development, she and her family turned to the community and crowd funding.

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Tristan Denton, Kelly Anne Denton

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Severe repair delays for Windsor mom’s government wheelchair

CBC News | September 27, 2016

A Windsor mother with cerebral palsy says she has to wait far too long to have her government-funded wheelchair repaired.

Maria Wiebe spent hours in bed Sunday morning before crawling to her computer in order to find a phone number to report her wheelchair problems.

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Maria Wiebe spent hours in bed Sunday morning before having to crawl from her bed to her computer in order to find a phone number to report her wheelchair had broken down.

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Faulty wheelchair leaves Riverview woman injured, shaken

CBC News | August 19, 2016, Written by Suzanne Lapointe

A Riverview woman has been desperately trying to get her wheelchair repaired after falling from it twice in the past few weeks because of faulty brakes.

Bernadette Brule says she is facing lots of red tape and simply can’t wait any longer for a solution and is literally losing sleep because of it.

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Bernadette Brule said she's suffered several injuries because the brakes on her wheelchair have given way as she's tried to transfer from her chair to her bed or the toilet.

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Disabled refugees to Metro Vancouver spend hours sitting on floor, immobile

Vancouver Sun | June 22, 2016, Written by Tara Carman

All day, almost every day, they pass the hours sitting on a white carpet on the laminate floor of a North Burnaby apartment, unable to move.

They are two sisters from Syria, Hoda and Maha Al-Sidawi, who are 24 and 23 respectively. Since about age 10, they have suffered from a neurological condition that makes their muscles extremely weak.

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Hoda and Maha Al-Sidawi sitting on floor of Vancouver apartment

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ALS patient can’t walk after fall while waiting for home retrofit help

CBC News | May 18, 2016

The family of a New Brunswick woman with ALS is calling on the provincial government to streamline a program designed to help retrofit homes for people with disabilities.

Ruth Holt, a 64-year-old mother of two from New Denmark, was waiting for funding to make her bathroom wheelchair-accessible when she went in with her walker instead and fell on May 9.

She has been unable to walk since then. Now, she must be given sponge baths and lifted onto a commode in the family farm house. 

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Ruth Holt, who has ALS, fell in the bathroom while using her walker instead of her wheelchair because her bathroom isn't wheelchair-accessible yet.

 

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Kingston man ‘living’ in ER department over lack of accessible housing

CTV News | April 8, 2016, Written by Joanne Schnurr

A Kingston man, who is disabled and legally blind, has fallen through the cracks in the accessible housing system.  39-year-old Thomas Woodward is homeless and living for now at Kingston’s Emergency department; a situation that neither works for him nor the hospital.

Woodward is worried he could be discharged from the hospital at any time with nowhere to go, a discussion that happened today and last Friday with hospital administration.

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Thomas Woodward at Kingston General Hospital

 

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Missing in Action: Disability Policy and Persons with Disabilities

The Samara Blog | December 8, 2015, Written by Mario Levesque

Why such a lack of media coverage and interest in disability candidates and issues in the 2015 election? Surely disability is a significant issue. Disability’s absence was interesting given attention to questions of gender parity among candidates both pre-election and post-election. A similar situation unfolded in regards to visible minority candidates, again both pre-campaign and post-campaign. But where was disability?

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Woman in a wheelchair says she was denied Transit Windsor service on stroller-filled bus

CBC News | November 30, 2015

The bus is Daphne LaCount’s lifeline.

She’s been in a wheelchair for the past four years because of a bad hip and arthritis in her back. Without the bus, she wouldn’t be able to get to her ceramics class, go to doctor’s appointments or socialize.

Last week, the Windsor woman said she was told she couldn’t get on a bus because the designated wheelchair spots were taken up by passengers with strollers.

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Daphne LaCount, says she was denied service on a Transit Windsor bus because strollers took up designated wheelchair space.

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