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Celebrating International Day of Persons with Disabilities

Celebrating International Day of Persons with Disabilities By Yona Lunsky International Day of Persons with Disabilities (IDPD) is celebrated on December 3 rd each year. The annual observance of this day was proclaimed in 1992 by the United Nations General Assembly with the aim of promoting an understanding of disability issues and mobilizing support for the dignity, rights, and...
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Mental Health and COVID - Together we’re better

Mental Health and COVID-19—An online course created and delivered by clinicians and caregivers.  Together we’re better. By Amy Baskin I’ll take you back to the fall of 2020. We’re deep in the pit of pandemic lockdowns and waves. But once a week, I talk with people who really “get it.” They know what it’s like to be housebound while caring for an adult loved one with an...
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Vaccines: Our Work is Not Done Re-Up

By Yona Lunsky On the heels of my good news blog last week , I am back with a blog update that unfortunately mostly falls into the bad news category. In May of this year, I wrote a blog highlighting the vaccination rates among Ontario adults with developmental disabilities as of May 8, 2022, from the ICES COVID-19 dashboard. The numbers revealed that a substantial group of people...
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It's Not All Bad News

It’s not all bad news. Let’s talk about some good news for a change. By Yona Lunsky I have been in a blogging slump. Over the past two-plus years, I have had a fire in my belly, pushing me to write about things that have gone wrong when it comes to the health and wellbeing of people with developmental disabilities and to advocate that they not be forgotten in Canada’s pandemic...
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Vaccines: Our Work is Not Done

Vaccines and Developmental Disabilities: Our Work is Not Done By Yona Lunsky I have the privilege of working with some outstanding people with developmental disabilities, family caregivers, clinicians, and scientists on a project where we co-design and co-teach virtual courses to support the developmental disability community from across Canada through this next stage of the...
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