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What’s New for Those Give and Receive Personal Support Care at Home

March 31st, 2015

In my last blog post, I described the problems that make working conditions for personal support workers very, very difficult.  I described the challenges for clients who need personal support services, as well.
The Problems: ·      Low pay ·      Clients need many hours of support over long periods, so can’t afford the care they need ·     
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A Fight Between PSWs, Clients and Agency Service Providers Spells Trouble For All

March 25th, 2015

Over the years, our family has relied on the help, friendship and dedication of personal support workers, both for our son Nicholas and more recently for my mother who needs assistance due to her age.  These support workers worked part-time for low wages.  More often than not, they were women who were immigrants with skillsets and qualifications not…
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A Policy Framework to Support Caregivers

March 21st, 2015

Yesterday I presented at a Carleton University conference titled ‘More Than Getting By: Putting Daily Life at the Heart of Our Struggles’.   I was one of the few non-academics – most were scholars in the areas of political economy, women’s studies, sociology or social work.   My session was titled ‘The Costs of Care’ and presenting alongside me…
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Special Words and Deeds to Support a Caregiver’s Hurting Heart

March 14th, 2015

Recently, I wrote about friends who aren’t sure how to support a caregiver in distress.  I talked about how difficult it is for caregivers themselves to know how anyone could help in situations that are so trying, they are almost beyond description. This week, I came upon two examples of creative and profound support. WORDS HEAL Today, I was…
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International Women’s Day 2015 – I Celebrate Caregivers!

March 7th, 2015

March 8th is International Women’s Day, so I can’t think of a better time to celebrate the contributions of women who give care to their families and friends.  More women than men are caregivers: an estimated 66% of caregivers are female. One-third (34%) take care of two or more people, and the average age of a female caregiver is 48.0.
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Tax season 2015: The disability tax credit and the push for fee limits—CBC News

March 4th, 2015

Efforts underway to regulate consultants and improve the application process Mention the term “disability tax credit” to some people, and you’ll get an earful. It’s not worth enough, some say, or applying for it is too complex, or the Canada Revenue Agency has unfairly turned down their claim, or the eligibility requirements are too restrictive, or their doctor says they’re…
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Registered disability savings plans: Why don’t more have them?—CBC News

February 28th, 2015

RDSPs have financial benefits even for those who don’t make contributions In the six years since registered disability savings plans (RDSPs) first appeared, the number of accounts has been steadily growing, reflecting the potential these plans have to make a huge difference for a population that faces big financial obstacles — especially in adulthood. As of the end of December…
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Ableism, Community Living and the Myth of Independence

February 27th, 2015

Recently, I’ve seen a trend that worries me. Social media disability support groups are commonly hosting conversation in which independence is trumpeted as an aspiration and fundamental element of human worth.   Independence is the necessary ingredient to 

The disability movement has always been fractured.  There are parents who seek safety and security in segregated settings, while others fervently defend
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Ableism, Community Living and the Myth of Independence

February 27th, 2015

Recently, I’ve seen a trend that worries me. Social media disability support groups are commonly hosting conversation in which independence is trumpeted as an aspiration and fundamental element of human worth.   Independence is the necessary ingredient to 

The disability movement has always been fractured.  There are parents who seek safety and security in segregated settings, while others fervently defend
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Preparing to Care From Afar During Spring Break Holiday

February 25th, 2015

There may be parents of children with disabilities who travel as a family during spring break, but I’ll leave that subject for another post. Today, I would like to talk about making preparations to care from afar when you leave on holiday and your loved one does not travel with you.  Spring break is an important time for many families…
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