Kindersley forum to help caregivers and parents

May 1 event to help those with children and young adults who have physical, intellectual and medical challenges

Kindersley forum to help caregivers and parentsKenneth Brown of The Clarion Several organizations are coming together in May to provide a forum for people who are looking after children and young adults who have a range of challenges. The Saskatchewan Health Authority (SHA) and the Sun West School Division are facilitating the forum for parents and caregivers of children and young…

What happens to our children with disabilities when we die?

Fix the Registered Disability Savings Plan and close the poverty gap of Canadians with disabilities

What happens to our children with disabilities when we die?Canada’s Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) is the first poverty-fighting tool for people with disabilities in the world. This remarkable example of federal/provincial/territorial co-operation, created in 2008, has already changed the lives of more than 150,000 Canadians with disabilities. Unfortunately, the RDSP is only reaching 29 per cent of those eligible. And due to restrictions…

Fundraiser helps support new building project

Comedians Jody Peters and Dani Albert, and The Matt Davis Band entertained at the West Central Abilities event

Fundraiser helps support new building project    People fill up their plates at the Elks Hall on St. Patrick’s Day at a fundraiser for the day program building project for West Central Abilities Inc. (Below) Saskatchewan comedian Jody Peters entertains the crowd at the fundraiser. The entertainment included two comedians and two live bands. Kenneth Brown of The Clarion People…

St. Patrick’s Day fundraiser coming up

West Central Abilities is hosting the event on March 17 at the Elks Hall in Kindersley to help with its new day program building

St. Patrick’s Day fundraiser coming upKenneth Brown of The Clarion The colour green gets associated with St. Patrick’s Day and organizers of a fundraiser on Saturday hope to generate a special green in the form of greenbacks. West Central Abilities (WCA) Inc. is hosting the fundraiser on March 17 at the Elks Hall in Kindersley. The agency is in the…

Local woman donates to charities via contest

Kindersley resident Kim Mah won the CAA Celebrate 100 Years $100,000 pot. She gets to keep $50,000 and selected recipients for the other $50,000

Local woman donates to charities via contestKenneth Brown of The Clarion Kindersley resident Kim Mah has been a CAA Saskatchewan member for about two decades and her longtime membership has paid off after winning a special contest. Mah was selected as the CAA Celebrate 100 Years $100,000 member winner in a contest held to mark 100 years of history for CAA…

Disability tax credit falls short for too many Canadians

Why is the Canada Revenue Agency denying the tax credit to those who need it most?

Disability tax credit falls short for too many CanadiansBy Jennifer Zwicker and Stephanie Dunn EvidenceNetwork.ca “Providing benefits not burdens” is how former Health Minister Judy LaMarsh once described the vision for disability policy in Canada. Unfortunately, this vision is not a reality when it comes to one of the main benefits open to Canadians with disability: the federal disability tax credit (DTC). Administered…

‘What gets measured gets done’

We lack critical information on the diverse and often unmet needs of Canadian children with disabilities, as well as the out-of-pocket costs paid by families

‘What gets measured gets done’By Stephanie Dunn and Jennifer Zwicker EvidenceNetwork.ca “The true measure of a nation’s standing is how well it attends to its children, including their health, safety, material security, education and socialization, and their sense of being loved, valued and included in the families and societies into which they are born,” according to UNICEF. Yet how…

Over-medicating to manage behaviour is damaging and wasteful

It’s time to talk about the overuse of antipsychotics among adults with developmental disabilities

Over-medicating to manage behaviour is damaging and wastefulBy Yona Lunsky and Tara Gomes EvidenceNetwork.ca Inappropriate prescribing of antipsychotic medications – drugs like Risperdal, Zyprexa and Abilify – to seniors, especially those in long-term care with conditions like dementia, has been a hot topic across Canada in recent years. We’ve also increasingly heard about the high numbers of these medications being prescribed to children and…

Canada Revenue Agency discriminates against PKU sufferers

The federal government routinely denies the Disability Tax Credit to those who need it – and are eligible by law

Canada Revenue Agency discriminates against PKU sufferersThis story began when I offered to represent the mother of a three-year-old with PKU, a rare genetic disorder, in a federal tax court. She had never even fought a parking ticket before she went against the federal government. We won. It turns out, evidence matters. But the story doesn’t end there. We went to…

How a traditional exam system fails all students

A good educator recognizes that an intelligent student doesn't necessarily fit into a conventional box

How a traditional exam system fails all studentsA recent National Post column argues that the extra time Canadian universities and colleges allot for students with special needs to write exams is unfair, comparing it to “winning the gold medal for the 100 metres by running only 80 metres.” The column by Bruce Pardy, a professor of law at Queen's University, makes some…