Special education

I don’t want to be ‘inspiring’

One of my most memorable moments in high school came during my freshman year. A motivational speaker was addressing us in a huge assembly. I was seated with one of my best friends at the front of the auditorium, and the whole group … READ MORE

When the barriers aren’t just physical

Entering the playground, I heard a boy call my son’s name. We turned and saw one of his classmates running toward us. “We’re playing soccer! Wanna be on my team?” Illustration by Giselle Potter By Sandra Joy Stein, The New … READ MORE

Neuropsych — our experience

When our doctors first started talking about visiting a Neuropsych, they were having conversations with each other, while we were in the room. “Do you think a neuropsych would help?” … “Yes, but not yet…” or “Has he … READ MORE

The horse is the therapist

With hippotherapy, the horse provides the therapy. Three-year-old Jack Foster sat on his mother’s lap as she wrapped a towel carefully around his neck. “Jack has cerebral palsy and low muscle tone,” said his mother, Emily … READ MORE

It’s a horse, of course: equine therapy

The horse simulator was created at Rice’s Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen, where students have all the resources they need to design and build projects. Here, students Jaime Gomez and Amy Ryu prepare to test their device, intended … READ MORE

The Ability Hub

The Ability Hub is an initiative of The Sinneave Family Foundation. At The Ability Hub we are working to enhance Life for people living with Autism Spectrum Disorder through Innovation, Partnerships and Support. Our work is focused on … READ MORE

Children with medical complexity in Canada

The burden of chronic disease is placing pressure on the Canadian health care system. A small but important chronic disease population is children with medical complexity, defined as individuals with: high family-identified needs; … READ MORE

Without limits: Kids with special needs

For thousands of Calgary children, access to a good education, sports opportunities and exposure to the arts are a normal part of daily life. But for kids with special needs, many of those opportunities are out of reach. Holding hands … READ MORE

The power of music for special needs kids

Dylan Whitley, 16, who has been diagnosed with Autism and septo-optic dysplasia loves music. His keen ear, pitch perfect voice and talent for musical jingles keeps JB Music therapist Max Wood on his toes. Christina Ryan, Calgary … READ MORE

Horses sooth the soul for special needs kids

The healing power of equine therapy. A pink-haired teenager painted two pictures on the side of her massive, living canvas. First, the girl drew a picture of a broken heart and a horse. Then, she used the paint to sketch a person and … READ MORE

iPad opens world to a disabled boy

OWEN CAIN depends on a respirator and struggles to make even the slightest movements — he has had a debilitating motor-neuron disease since infancy. Photo by Alene Tchekmedyian, L.A. Times By Emily B. Hager, The New York Times … READ MORE

Do you have a child with special needs?

Five things to know about parents of children with special needs. Alberta Health Services and the Children’s Link Society invite you to attend our 2016 Preschool Resource Fair. Preschool programs and service providers will be … READ MORE

IDEAS Calgary

The IDEAS group was formed as a means of providing multi-disciplinary services to children and their families. Of the eight people who started IDEAS in August 1992, Karen McIntosh remains as the director. New associates have been … READ MORE

The plight of the disabled graduate

Many of the systems designed to help students with disabilities disappear after they complete their education. Photo Mike Segar, Reuters. Mikhail Zinshteyn, The Atlantic June 4, 2015 The shift from high school to college, or from … READ MORE
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