New 4 You
Canadian Abilities
by Abilities
2d ago
Empathy Exchange  A podcast aimed at families of residents, and others, who share the goal of providing the best possible care. Hosted by Deborah Bakti, a former exec in senior care, the podcast explores both family and staff perspectives and seeks to foster a deeper understanding of the diverse challenges that shape senior care environments. Through heartfelt conversations, personal anecdotes, and expert insights, the podcast aims to shed light on the emotions, expectations, and disappointments that arise from the friction in these relationships. – Apple Podcast Certified vegan cosmeti ..read more
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A smart way to handle anxiety: Courtesy of soccer great Lionel Messi
Canadian Abilities
by Abilities
3d ago
What separates the very best in the world from the remaining 7 billion of us? Exceptional talent often looks like an act of revolution—a person doing something in a way no one has ever done it before—but many revolutionary talents are actually built on a foundation of evolutionary tweaks. These tweaks develop over time, often compensating for weaknesses and anxieties that might derail a lesser talent. Take the world’s best soccer player, an Argentinean named Lionel Messi.  Messi has won more Ballon d’Or trophies, awarded to the best soccer player of the year, than any other player. He has ..read more
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What We Are Reading
Canadian Abilities
by Abilities
6d ago
Raising Owen By Suzanne Lezotte An extraordinary memoir of motherhood. Like any first-time mother, Suzanne Lezotte assumed having her first baby would come with all the usual pleasure and trials of motherhood when her son Owen was seven days old he was diagnosed with down syndrome. Suzanne shares details of her own transformation from initial complete grief and denial to total acceptance and advocacy for her son, just as he is. She takes the readers on a quest for full inclusion for Owen. Aristata Press Enough By Linda Eckert Cervical cancer is a preventable disease, yet it still claims th ..read more
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New 4 You
Canadian Abilities
by Abilities
1w ago
Braille cookbooks The National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled has recently added Braille cookbooks to its collection. Clearly popular they accounted for nearly 500 of the almost 8,000 requests made from the library as of mid-December. Difficult to find for purchase or priced beyond a splurge, Braille users say, making the on-demand reproduction of these books an important service.  – Washington Post Shine bright A new world of window cleaning is coming your way from Ecovac. The Winbot X is a free-moving, adaptable, intelligent appliance that attaches to your glass and ..read more
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The Conundrum: Could it be autism? 
Canadian Abilities
by Abilities
1w ago
Have you ever thought that a seemingly functioning adult, who you know, might have autism? You might have come to that conclusion based on seeing atypical communication, preferences, and behaviour (i.e. – Avoiding eye contact, being especially direct/abrupt, preferring e-mail to verbal conversations, and stimming).  Thinking of talking with that individual about your speculation? There’s no definitive right or wrong way to do this. It’s a conundrum. You probably have good intentions and would like to help but is it your place? Knowing about his/her autism could cause him/her to get treatm ..read more
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How to help a street-involved neighbour
Canadian Abilities
by Abilities
1w ago
You see someone who looks like they need support. They may be sleeping outside, looking for spare change or asking to clean your windshield. Here are four easy steps you can take: Step 1: Say hello to your neighbour  Street-involved community members often feel invisible. Here are some actions you can take when you see a neighbour in need. Show that you see them.  • Make friendly eye contact. • Say “good morning” or another pleasantry if you are passing by. • If you see the same neighbours regularly, take time to learn their names. • If a neighbour requests your help, pause and liste ..read more
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FYI
Canadian Abilities
by Abilities
2w ago
Meet Zebby the cat…he supports his deaf owner When the phone rings or the doorbell chimes, Zebby, a two-year old black and white cat, has learned to alert his owner, 66 year old Genevieve Moss. Without training, he’s learned to tap her on the shoulder so she puts in her hearing aid when a call comes in, pick up the mail from the doormat and deliver it to her in his mouth and bring her slippers. Zebby’s commendable behaviour has earned him the British “Cats Protection National Cat of the Year award.” Source: BBC Viagara for Alzheimer’s prevention? Sildenafil (Viagra) currently used to treat er ..read more
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Ask Joanna
Canadian Abilities
by Abilities
2w ago
Active Listening Dear Joanna, I just graduated high school and attended Reena’s Summer Employment Transitions (SET) program. One of the virtual job search skills workshops was on “active listening”. I learned that I have to improve this skill for my job search, as a potential employee and in every area of my life. Please can you help me become a better communicator by improving my listening skills. Signed: Listener on Alert Dear LA, I am impressed with your self-awareness and interest to learn!. Listening is one of the most important SOFT skills that you can have. How well you listen can help ..read more
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FYI
Canadian Abilities
by Abilities
3w ago
“Kid-walking” stunt kick-starts myopia reduction In an unorthodox attention-getter. Multiopticas highlights the alarming co-relation between kids spending less time outdoors and skyrocketing cases of childhood nearsightedness. Calling this cohort the “blurry generation” the campaign calls for serious behavioural changes. Source: Trendwatch Preventing spiked drinks with a game-changing innovation Angie Fogarty, an 18-year-old high school senior, has developed a small and inexpensive sensor that detects the presence of diphenhydramine (DPH), the ingredient in Benadryl that causes drowsiness, w ..read more
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How to foster intersectionality and inclusion in youngsters
Canadian Abilities
by Abilities
3w ago
Canada is a nation that prides itself on our progressive nature and willingness to listen to all sides of any discussion. A country that has been in the top 15 freest countries on earth and rated 2nd best country to live in for 2023, we even ranked 1st in 2021, but those achievements don’t exclude us from having social problems with intersectionality and diversity. How do we teach our children and youth to make the spaces we occupy safe, discrimination-free and inclusive for everyone? It’s not a simple process but it starts during early years with talking about how each student and every perso ..read more
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