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Transforming Capitalism versus Democratizing the Economy

September 29th, 2016

There is a hardy breed of activists who have set themselves the rather lofty goal of civilizing capitalism. This renaissance of capitalism will be achieved by reinventing businesses and corporations, transforming markets, recreating Wall Street, and humanizing investments. Capitalism’s purpose, they contend, will shift from excessive profits and growth at any cost to achieving social impact, justice and equity. Furthermore,…
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New RDSP Project & Partnership

September 27th, 2016

We are partnering to help spread awareness of the RDSP to British Columbians with disabilities We are very excited to announce that on September 1st, Plan InstituteDisability Alliance of BC (DABC), and the British Columbia Aboriginal Network on Disability Society (BCANDS) launched a new 4-year project partnership. The project’s mandate is to increase the number of British…
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Dancing a Tango With Medical Professionals

September 23rd, 2016

By Donna Thomson
Today I am in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, at a conference of the American Association of CP and Developmental Medicine.  Yesterday I had the privilege of giving the Chambers Family Lifespan Lecture. It was a big opportunity for me to give voice to the changing relationships between our family and Nick’s treatment team that I’ve observed over 28…
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The Plot Thickens

September 22nd, 2016

Ever heard of a wicked problem? It’s a challenge that has no borders and attracts as many unanswerable questions as solutions. There are a lot of wicked problems out there. They are tough, stubborn, deep. And their roots are intertwined with connections to other seemingly insurmountable challenges. Think abuse. Violence. Loneliness. Poverty. Climate change.      You are never sure where to…
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Goosebumps Never Lie

September 15th, 2016

The Guess Who had it right. Unless people are shakin’ all over, your issue, campaign or movement will sputter. If you want to rally more than the usual suspects get spines tingling. That means having a bold vision that cuts through the debris and chatter. Which means paying attention to the words you use. Your vision must be simply described…
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On Embracing Change

September 14th, 2016

We’re moving. Today. Four strong men pulled up in an enormous truck this morning and right now I can hear them talking quietly and gasping as they haul sofas and tables down the hall. We bought this house in 1991 just before Natalie was born. Nicholas’ main floor bedroom and wheel-in shower made this an easy environment for our kids…
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When Caregiving Feels Like War: Learn From the Military

September 10th, 2016

The other day, I was listening to a banker talking about the volatility of financial markets.  She used a term I hadn’t heard before – VUCA.  It’s a military term used by forces in Iraq and Afghanistan and it stands for ‘Volatile, Uncertain, Complex and Ambiguous’.  “Wow”, I thought, “that sure sounds like my life!” So, I googled VUCA…
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Fetal Alcohol Resource Program and International FASD Awareness Day

September 8th, 2016

Every year on September 9th, International FASD Awareness Day is observed.  Proclamations are issued in countries, states, provinces, and towns all around the world.  Bells are rung at 9:09 a.m. in every time zone from New Zealand to Alaska.  People all around the world gather for events to raise awareness about the dangers of drinking during pregnancy and the plight
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Words Matter – Theirs and Ours

September 7th, 2016

“The beautiful word begets the beautiful deed,” wrote Thomas Mann. This is a lesson I, along with many others, struggle with. Our advocacy words don’t always live up to our advocacy ideals. Somehow we think we can denigrate, ridicule, shame and mock those in authority and they will ignore the barbs. Not only that, we expect them to rise above…
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The Talk Disability Parents Want With Doctors

September 3rd, 2016

In the early days of our therapeutic journey with Nick, it was clear to me that any show of love or grief diminished my power. In meetings with the treatment team, I would try to be ‘professional’. I tried to hide my emotions in order maintain my dignity. And I brought a briefcase and shuffled papers in a show of
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