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Louise

California
BLOOM is the #1 source for practical information on parenting kids with disabilities. We combine parent voices and the best professional advice from Bloorview Kids Rehab and beyond. BLOOM promotes the concept that every child blooms in his or her own unique way. My name is Louise and I have four... Full Bio
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A social media blitz isn't friendship by Louise Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities By Louise Kinross Yesterday my hubby sent me an e-mail with a link to this story about a 13-year-old Peterborough, Ont. boy with Asperger's. He invited 15 students ... Read on »
Letting go by Louise Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities On Halloween, Krystal, Karen and Maggie moved in. They doled out trick or treat candies to their neighbourhood’s little goblins and started to get to know each other ... Read on »
Parenting my one-of-a-kind kid by Louise Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities By Beth Dangerfield Three days before this picture was taken we rushed my daughter Abby into the emergency room. She had a stomach bug and wouldn’t eat or dri ... Read on »
Jean Vanier wins $2.1 million prize for 'advocacy of belonging' by Louise Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities Canadian humanist Jean Vanier is the 2015 winner of the Templeton Prize , a $2.1 million award for his work bringing adults with and without intellectual disabilit ... Read on »
A son's injury prompts a dad to give back by Louise Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities By Louise Kinross In 2011 Amir Karmali’s son Kaylum was accidently kicked in the head during a soccer game. The next morning he couldn’t walk and was hospitalized. ... Read on »
Red, green, blue? Every store wants one by Louise Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities By Louise Kinross When Luke Anderson graduated as a civil engineer in 2002 he moved from Ontario to British Columbia to pursue his passion: mountain bikin ... Read on »
The tales we spin about disability by Louise Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities By Louise Kinross Beyond the Pale  is a new memoir about raising a child with albinism. It's written by Emily Urquhart, a Canadian folklorist and writer who looks ... Read on »
BLOOM media roundup by Louise Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities Disabled by design Slate "We inhabit a culture that perpetuates the idea that disability ‬ lies in bodies rather than in design." Fascinating. Disabled Girls Tal ... Read on »
What's in a name? by Louise Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities By Louise Kinross It seemed a simple exercise. I was at Columbia University doing a a course for clinicians and writers on narrative medicine. In our small grou ... Read on »
My epic parenting fail by Louise Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities By Louise Kinross I’m often sent story pitches for what strike me as ridiculous products that in no way relate to parenting, let alone parenting children with disa ... Read on »
For Hanzhen, life is in the detail by Louise Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities By Louise Kinross Hanzhen Yap is a 16-year-old Malaysian artist with autism whose intricate sketches of historical buildings, animals and everyda ... Read on »
Every kid deserves a pair of jeans by Louise Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities By Megan Jones In the summer of 2013, Mindy Scheier was faced with a problem. Her son Oliver, then nine, wanted to wear jeans to school. Oliver, who has a rare f ... Read on »
Take a look, then look again by Louise Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities By Louise Kinross Look at this illustration of an elephant. I couldn't stop. I kept seeing in the detail things that I hadn't initially seen. This is one of my ... Read on »
Connect2care puts your child's health record at your fingertips by Louise Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities By Louise Kinross Becky Quinlan (top right) can’t say enough about the benefits of Connect2care —a new secure portal that gives parents and kids access to their he ... Read on »
Son's death sparks a search for justice by Louise Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities By Louise Kinross In 2013 Connor Sparrowhawk (with sister Rosie) drowned in a bath alone in a National Health Services assessment and treatment unit in Oxfordshire, ... Read on »
Julia knows firsthand that every family is unique by Louise Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities Meet Julia Hanigsberg , the new president and CEO of Holland Bloorview (in photo with daughter Rachel). Julia comes to us from Ryerson University, where she was vice- ... Read on »
A doll like me by Louise Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities By Louise Kinross This is Katie Hebert with her doll with a stomach feeding tube and brother Nathan. "We heated up a skewer and used it to melt a hole in the doll's ... Read on »
Get your kid active at Variety Village by Louise Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities By Louise Kinross Check out this video of Rick Mercer spending a day at Variety Village , the fitness and sports club in Scarborough, Ont. for people with and without dis ... Read on »