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By Louise Kinross

Want to catch up on what the media is covering related to disability, parenting and health? Check out these recent articles we curated.

A new treatment promises to make little people taller. Is it an insult to 'dwarf pride?' STAT

A new drug, injected once a day, appears to make children's bones grow, and is being considered a treatment for children with achondroplasia, the most common form of dwarfism. One mother at a town hall for Little People of America said the drug company was trying to '...tell my son, and my friends that they're not okay the way they are.'

Is there a right way to be deaf? The New York Times

'Throughout my life, I’ve felt like the object of a constant tug of war between the deaf and hearing communities. Although I’m rewardingly self-employed, married and highly literate, I still struggle in hearing-centric environments. ..On the other hand, when I spend time with deaf friends, I’m often chided by them for not being more fluent in sign language, or otherwise embracing a more culturally deaf way of life.'

$41.5M Queens library hailed as 'marvel' sued over disability access New York Post

'When the branch opened, a three-tiered fiction section only had a single staircase leading up to it and was unreachable by the building’s single elevator. The plaintiffs, the Center for the Independence of the Disabled and a Queens woman with mobility issues, say disabled people are also unable to reach the branch’s rooftop terrace and a reading space on the children’s floor.'

Make room at the table for difficult people The New York Times

A mother writes about how Thanksgiving dinner with her autistic son is not like a Norman Rockwell painting, but still holds moments of joy. 'Our son’s behaviour is not always predictable. But he is a deeply interesting person whose refreshingly different ways of looking at the world are gifts he eagerly shares.'  

Great gifts for kids and teens with disabilities 2019 Love That Max

Ellen at Love That Max just published a holiday gift list for children and youth with disabilities. Lots of ideas, including recommendations by parents and therapists.

More medical students are disclosing their disabilities and schools are responding, study finds Michigan Health Lab

'In just three years, the percentage of students with disabilities rose from 2.7% to 4.6% at the 64 [American] medical schools that responded to the survey in both years.'

The power in sharing our stories With you in the NICU

Sue Robins, BLOOM contributor and author of the new book Bird's Eye View: Story of a life lived in health care, is interviewed about everything from her early days as a mom to a son with Down syndrome to her experience as a patient being treated for breast cancer.

Windsor mother says deep cuts to disability services will be 'detrimental' CBC News

A mother to two adult sons with cerebral palsy is concerned that the Ontario government has contracted with a management consultant to reduce the budget for Ontario adults with developmental disabilities. 'If I had to pay out of pocket, there is no way they'd be able to go to programs,' she says. 

Ontario parents wonder what has happened to the funding to help their autistic children The Toronto Star

'Bowmanville father Chris Butterfield works seven days a week to cover monthly therapy bills for his four-year-old son Jackson, who was diagnosed with autism two years ago.'

Scots children at risk by unlawful block on disability equipment Third Force News

A UK study found that 56 per cent of local councils in Scotland and 50 per cent across the whole of the UK are blocking provision of specialist car seats for disabled children through the use of blanket bans. The study also found blanket bans on walkers, specialized buggies, arm supports and high-sided safety beds.

Ableism: The causes and consequences of disability prejudice Disability Visibility Project

Author Dr. Michelle Nario-Redmond talks about her new book (title in headline): 'People will come away with an increased appreciation that we all have hidden (and not so hidden) biases; we all neglect to consider how our privileges make us complicit in perpetuating inequality. But instead of feeling guilty or threatened by this, the book offers concrete suggestions for how to reimagine what’s possible for individuals, families and organizations to change false assumptions, to reach out to representatives, and to reduce prejudice in our classrooms and beyond.'

Juggling her brothers' needs and her own The New York Times

Destinee Gonazlez Gil's brothers have a rare genetic disorder. Tending to them has inspired her to become a nurse, but first she needs help preparing for the SAT.

New federal requirements show airlines damage thousands of wheelchairs each year USA Today

'Between January and September...U.S. carriers reported having mishandled at least 7,747 chairs. That's an average of 29 times a day.'

Pediatric cancer can affect mental health of patients' families long after initial diagnosis, study finds The Globe and Mail

Important reminder: 'I still have days that I struggle to get through," Ms. Palmer said. 'Even when treatment is done, it's never gone. It's never finished.'

CHEO opens first of its kind clinic for patients from Nunavut The Ottawa Citizen

A new clinic at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario will serve some of the most medically fragile children in Nunavut, and includes patient navigators who will welcome and guide families in their own language. 

'Sorry' is not a word you want to hear when you're pregnant The Guardian

Brilliant opinion piece by a disabled dad-to-be about his interaction with a health professional while his pregnant partner had an ultrasound. 'Normal' and 'perfect' and 'sorry' are a few words professionals should consider ditching.

From victims to advocates: People with developmental disabilities are changing the health-care system CBC Radio

Looks at the history of institutionalization and abuse of people with developmental disabilities in Ontario, and a new program at CAMH where adults with developmental disabilities teach health professionals.

Why everyone is talking about Lauren Ridloff, Marvel's first deaf superhero Oprah Magazine

Don't miss the fabulous video where she talks about growing up deaf.

Changing the game U of T Med Magazine

Tabletop games like Dungeons and Dragons are being used to promote social interaction in people with autism. 

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