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Louise

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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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‘Graduation is perhaps the saddest day in their lives’ by Louise Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities Last week, Karl Taro Greenfeld wrote a compelling op-ed piece in the New York Times about how services for adults with severe autism evaporate the day they graduate from hi ... Read on »
‘This is Poppy. She’s my autism service dog’ by Louise Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities Three weeks ago Jennifer Cluff and her family welcomed Poppy, a five-month-old yellow lab, into their home. The Cluffs are fostering Poppy for an organization cal ... Read on »
‘Walker, my teacher’ by Louise Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities I read five chapters of last night – a memoir by journalist Ian Brown about caring for his son Walker, who has a rare genetic condition. Walker, 13, can’t eat or speak, ... Read on »
‘We don’t need to be perfect or normal’ by Louise Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities Envisioning New Meanings is an art exhibit that tells the stories of women with disabilities – in their own words and images. It grew out of workshops across Ontar ... Read on »
'All of life is fragile and uncertain' by Louise Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities I'm delighted to share a guest blog today from Amy Julia Becker, mom to Penny and William, above. Amy Julia is a writer and a student at Princeton Theological Seminary ... Read on »
'Burden' of complex kids not whole picture, ethicist says by Louise Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities I was privileged to interview Franco Carnevale at the ethics conference on children with disabilities at the Montreal Children's Hospital last week. Franco is a clinical eth ... Read on »
'Burdens and blessings' by Louise Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities ‘Burdens and blessings’ By Amy Julia Becker “Penny’s tough.” He said it because he wanted to support us. Peter and I were on vacation with close f ... Read on »
'Carly's Café' wins international award by Louise Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities This video by Carly Fleischmann and her dad Arthur won the Silver Lion award in the cyber, public service category at Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity, h ... Read on »
'Come out to play' by Louise Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities Beautiful message from Three to Be , a foundation that raises funds for research and therapies to improve the lives of children with neurological disorders. Founded by Jared ... Read on »
'Conformity doesn't beget greatness' by Louise Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities Ben, D'Arcy and I saw ParaNorman on Friday. It's about an 11-year-old boy who's branded a freak at school because of his ability to communicate ... Read on »
'Deselecting' our children by Louise Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities An important piece in the Globe and Mail today 'Deselecting' our children Here’s a recent Danish headline: “Plans to make Denmark a Down syndrome-free perfect society. ... Read on »
'Disabilities' day and discrimination by Louise Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities It's the International Day of Persons with Disabilities . If you're looking for an uplifting post, please see our piece ... Read on »
'Disability was home:' From big sister to anthropologist by Louise Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities By Liz Lewis There's an old adage among anthropologists that you have to spend time in another culture to truly understand your own. As an undergraduate rese ... Read on »
'Don't change' by Louise Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities I read this quote this morning and thought it fit well with some of the themes discussed in  Under the hero's cape  and  Outcomes: How to l ... Read on »
'Down' stereotypes automatic, study finds by Louise Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities In Flippity flop I wrote about how people make split-second judgments about children who have facial features associated with genetic syn ... Read on »
'Dr. Darcy' unites research and frontline care by Louise Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities Dr. Darcy Fehlings is a senior clinician-scientist who heads Holland Bloorview’s child development program and Universit ... Read on »
'Everytime I see her I feel guilt:' A doctor's story by Louise Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities An article in the American Journal of Medical Genetics on how geneticists can "improve their abilities to hear and honour patients' stories b ... Read on »
'Good things can happen' by Louise Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities Today I'm thrilled to share a post from DeeAnn Lancaster (left), an American mom who is further along the parenting road than some of us. H ... Read on »
'Have friends' by Louise Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities Last night we looked at the 'Globe' section of Ben's passport planning. This includes dreams for the future -- about where to l ... Read on »
'He gets to do whatever he wants' by Louise Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities I want to get a copy of Karl Taro Greenfeld’s – a memoir about growing up with his brother Noah, who had severe autism, during the 1960s. But I’m also hesitant. It’s ob ... Read on »