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Since my mother died, I have been learning the bureaucratic administration of my brother’s life.  For four months I have been learning about the Ontario Disability Support Program, Passport Funding, Henson Trusts, disability and caregiver tax credits, Registered Disability Savings Plans to name a few. The meetings I have attended have been countless, the rules of the game explained and re-explained. Many rules seem to be unwritten, covered by a secretive blanket, only if you
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[ms-protect-content id=”746″] Has Paul ever said to you, “you are my best friend”? If yes, it is quite a compliment. I have seen people get really uncomfortable when Paul says that to them, after all in our culture it is a huge declaration, not unlike telling someone “I love you” for the first time.  To make it even more interesting, he often says that to people who are relatively new to his life. People who
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  I LOVE this blog post. Thank you Ellen! It is from www.ellenstumbo.com. When I read it, it felt like my dear parents sent me a letter straight from heaven. I needed to read this right now… http://www.ellenstumbo.com/typical-siblings/    
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[ms-protect-content id=”746″] Friday morning nine neighbours (past and present) from Highcroft Ave., gathered at one of the houses, with music sheets and a few instruments at hand to sing a few songs. Neighbours gathering to sing in the morning sun. Paul had helped pick the ballads, mostly Irish tunes, his particular fancy. Cakes, sweet loaves and pots of coffee also found their way into house. It was a great morning. I have talked about community
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[ms-protect-content id=”746″] This is an essay written by the daughter of my friend Sue. I have never actually met her daughter, Laura but I have been hearing about her for years. The disability community is quite small, I think I have heard about her so often because we walk the same path in life, being a loving, dedicated sister to a brother with a disability. Laura is 20 years my junior, she is far more
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[ms-protect-content id=”746″] Paul and I have been close friends since we were 19 yrs old…just a few years ago 😉 I live in Nova Scotia now, but Paul and I have found many opportunities to see each other in Ottawa or Nova Scotia over the past 3 years.  We used Skype quite a lot when I first moved, which was great.  I am hoping we can get this going again. Paul is one of the
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