Life Stories

Picture of a little boy with downs syndrome.

Down Syndrome Photo Series ‘More To Me’ Shatters Myths

A Canadian project shines light on the range of emotions those with the syndrome experience.

Picture of a guy in his wheelchair in a train station.

What it’s Like for Disabled and Elderly People to Take the TTC

You know that feeling when you’re hurried to get to work or an appointment downtown but the subway trains are all packed? So you fidget with angst until a less jam-packed car zooms into the station? Now, multiply that stress by 20 times.

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Why I Lie About Being Disabled

“‘What do you do?’ the woman asked me. I hesitated. I thought, ‘I’m disabled,’ but instead, I told her, ‘I’m between jobs.’”

Picture of Suhana with her sister Shahrine.

Suhana’s Story

Suhana has a sister, Shahrine, who is older by 18 months. While Shahrine’s mother was pregnant with Suhana, their uncle came to town for a visit. During the visit, their uncle was quick to notice that Shahrine did not seem to be talking at an age appropriate level or respond when called upon.

Picture of Michael J. Fox at the 89th Annual Academy Awards.

Michael J. Fox Is Retiring From Acting To Focus On His Health

The actor was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1991, and had surgery to remove a spinal tumour two years ago.

Buddy – America’s First Guide Dog

For many blind people, guide dogs are the gateway to a more independent life. A guide dog can make previously challenging situations, such as crossing a busy street or walking to the bus stop – situations that sighted people take for granted; so much easier. Today we’ll look at the first official American guide dog: Buddy.

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Kitchener girl’s YouTube channel gives glimpse into life as a visually impaired 10-year-old

Abby Walz, 10, makes videos about assistive devices and other topics of interest.

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Alice Wong Wants To Make Space For More Disabled Asian Americans Like Her

Alice Wong doesn’t want to take up a whole lot of space. Instead, she wants to create it. And for the better part of the last decade, she has.

Picture of the author's sons, Jonah (right) and Ian (left), posing for prom pictures on their front lawn.

My Autistic Son Didn’t Have A Prom Date. What His Brother Did Next Was Beautiful.

“While schools may be slow to find a place for families like mine, sometimes a good-natured big brother can make a difference.”

Celinne Da Costa writing in a book sitting at a table.

Why Every Business Needs Powerful Storytelling To Grow

Storytelling is a powerful business tool and a skill that every business building a powerful and lasting brand should master.