Tag Archives: British Columbia

Facing death, and a mountain of worry

Times Colonist | July 17, 2016, Written by Cindy E. Harnett

Marilyn Kowalchuk is facing eventual immobility and death, but she also has to look out for her ailing husband’s welfare and plan for her only daughter’s future.

To make matters worse, the former Ontario nuclear-plant project engineer has been told that she will have to pay $1,500 a week for the whey-reduced formula she may need when she loses the ability to swallow.

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Stephen Hume: Disabled woman faces government threats, nightmarish process over three cents interest

Vancouver Sun | June 23, 2016, Written by Stephen Hume

A. J. Brown, the artist challenged by deafness and cerebral palsy yet forced to live in poverty because the provincial government claws back her Canada Pension Plan disability benefits, sends me the official monthly financial disclosure form she must submit.

It compels her to declare three-cents interest income earned by a bank deposit or face losing provincial benefits.

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NORTH VANCOUVER, BC., May 30, 2016 -- Deaf artist AJ Brown in action at home in North Vancouver, BC., May 30, 2016. She's totally deaf and can't really speak; she has cerebral palsy and has metal rods in her spine because of surgery to correct a severe lateral curvature. Yet she graduated from university with a degree in English lit and music and is now an accomplished artist.(Nick Procaylo/PNG)   00043439A   [PNG Merlin Archive]

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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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Two Meals a Day: Living on Disability Assistance in Vancouver

The Tyee | June 13, 2016, Written by Cherise Seucharan

On a grocery budget of about $30 per week, Doke eats simply. A normal day consists of two meals, taken alongside his daily medications. For breakfast, he has coffee alongside a bagel or cereal, sometimes with yogurt if finances are good. Dinner is mostly vegetables and “nibbleables” or canned soups his brother helps him buy on occasional trips to Costco.

Making food stretch for the entire month has taken a toll on his health.

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Stephen Hume: Provincial clawbacks relegate the disabled to life of poverty

Vancouver Sun | May 31, 2016, Written by Stephen Hume

AJ Brown subsists on combined federal and provincial disability benefits. With no clawbacks, those benefits would total $1,450 a month, $544 from CPP and $906 from B.C. But the province reduces its payment by the amount she gets from CPP and instead contributes only $342. This the province characterizes as “topping up” her CPP, although it reduces her monthly benefit to $886.

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NORTH VANCOUVER, BC., May 30, 2016 -- Deaf artist AJ Brown in action at home in North Vancouver, BC., May 30, 2016. She's totally deaf and can't really speak; she has cerebral palsy and has metal rods in her spine because of surgery to correct a severe lateral curvature. Yet she graduated from university with a degree in English lit and music and is now an accomplished artist.(Nick Procaylo/PNG)   00043439A   [PNG Merlin Archive]

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As girl with Down syndrome gets ready for grad, mom worries about support for disabled adults

CBC News | May 21, 2016, Written by Liam Britten

Ann Auld says that parents of children with disabilities are often left to fend for themselves when it comes to finding supports for their children as they enter adulthood beyond fellow parents of children with disabilities.

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Zola (left) sits with her mom, Ann Auld. Zola is about to graduate from high school, and her mother worries about the level of support she will get as an adult living with Down syndrome in B.C.

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B.C. families raise concerns about lack of help for special needs adults

Global News | December 10, 2015

Aaron Lewis has been waiting three years for Community Living B.C. to help him find a place to live.

“We were told…CLBC has no contingency for anyone who is stable. So there is no forward budgeting for any adult who is not in crisis,” said mother Jean Lewis.

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Caregiver shaving Aaron Lewis' face ahead of a night out

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