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Support services for FASD inconsistent across Canada, prof says

CBC News | October 1, 2016, Written by Francois Biber

A Saskatchewan university professor says Canada needs to step up its support and services for those living with fetal alcohol spectrum disorder.

Over the summer University of Regina professor Michelle Stewart travelled across Canada’s provinces and territories speaking with individuals and families living with FASD.

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Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders are caused by drinking alcohol during pregnancy. People with FASD tend to have hearing and vision problems.

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Mi’kmaw mother’s fight to get special needs son help documented in film

APTN | September 28, 2016, Written by Trina Roache

Maurina Beadle wouldn’t trade her son Jeremy for any other child, though she wouldn’t want anyone to endure what she has to get him help.

But other parents do face the same problem with getting the federal government to fund specialized treatment and care for First Nations children – known as Jordan’s Principle.

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Maurina Beadle and her son

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These Are The Hidden Costs Of Living With A Disability

Huffington Post | August 22, 2016, Written by Jacki Andre

Do you know how much a manual wheelchair costs? Not the kind you buy from the Sears catalogue when you break your leg and need someone to push you around for six weeks. I’m talking about the kind that a paraplegic might need, that offers the correct ergonomic support and fits the lifestyle of the person who will rely on it for years.

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Disabled Canadians find ally in National Benefit Authority

Ottawa Sun | March 27, 2016

It’s estimated that nearly 4.2 million Canadians have some sort of long-term disability, and many of them have increased financial obligations as a result. This number is expected to grow in coming years as Canada’s elderly population continues to outgrow younger demographics.

Cost of living for the disabled is notably higher than Canadians without disabilities because they often require care-workers and home nurses, special medical devices and pricey medications.

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Disease and disability threaten health of retirement portfolios

Globe and Mail | March 24, 2016, Written by Joel Schlesinger

Few Canadians imagine their retirement will be derailed by a degenerative neurological disease. Nonetheless, 500,000 Canadians find themselves facing similar challenges to Mr. Hague, suffering from the likes of Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and other degenerative illnesses, according to a Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) study, Mapping Connections: An understanding of neurological conditions in Canada. That figure is expected to double by 2031 as the population greys, the 2014 study found.

While illnesses involve troubling health prognoses, many sufferers also face difficult financial futures, says Jacquie Micallef, senior manager of public affairs and partnerships with Parkinson Canada.

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Tim Hague Sr., who has early onset Parkinson’s, isn’t so much afraid of dying as he is of living for a long time and draining his family’s finances. (John Woods For The Globe and Mail)

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Being blind and using a wheelchair adds up to financial struggle for Winnipeg woman, others with disabilities

CBC News | February 23, 2016, Written by Kim Kaschor

Christine Bonnett is blind and in a wheelchair. She was diagnosed with lupus, myasthenia gravis, and neuromyelitis optica. Unable to work, she receives less than $10,000 a year from Canada Pension Plan’s long-term disability benefit.

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Christine Bonnett is blind and in a wheelchair. She was diagnosed with lupus, myasthenia gravis, and neuromyelitis optica. Unable to work, she receives less than $10,000 a year from Canada Pension Plan's long-term disability benefit.


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Disabled workers face a perfect storm

RBC Disability Insurance Study | February 16, 2016

Canadians off work due to a disability are facing a perfect storm – they need time to recover, but instead of focusing on their health, they’re often dealing with the financial stress of trying to make ends meet and the emotional stress of being away from work.

According to the 2015 RBC Insurance disability survey:

  • Three-quarters of Canadians (78 per cent) said finances were tight when off work
  • More than 80 per cent said they were upset about not being able to work
  • Nearly half (48 per cent) said they were not financially prepared to be off work

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