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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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Anne Geddes finds a new focus: 'deceptive strength' by Louise Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities By Louise Kinross Today is World Meningitis Day and Australian photographer Anne Geddes (right) is launching an e-book of photos of children from around the world wh ... Read on »
Two solitudes by Louise Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities By Louise Kinross In the last couple of days I've seen parents argue for two radically different visions of how to educate children with ... Read on »
Why are disabled teens more likely to be alone? by Louise Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities By Louise Kinross Life skills staff at Holland Bloorview presented their early findings from a review of 56 studies on friendship ... Read on »
I am warrior mom: Hear me cry and roar by Louise Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities By D. Christine Brown  It was the morning of my son Lucas’s 10th EEG since his acute brain inflammation in September 2011 and subsequent autism diagnosis. It was cold ... Read on »
Disabled artists get a new platform for their work by Louise Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities By Megan Jones Open the closet door in Liz Powers' Boston-area apartment, and you’ll come across a trove of artworks: a painting of a woman by the seaside, her soft ... Read on »
A parent's search for acceptance by Louise Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities By Louise Kinross Perhaps it’s the nature of Twitter’s brevity, but I see a disturbing trend in people tweeting simplisti ... Read on »
Taking steps, together, with 'Upsee' by Louise Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities By Kara Melissa Sharp When I first heard about the Upsee , I ... Read on »
Walgreen proves the business case for hiring 'disabled' staff by Louise Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities In 2006 Randy Lewis changed the way Walgreen Co. does business. As senior vice-president of supply chain and logistics for the U.S. drug store chain, Lewis oversaw ... 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 »
A magical bond by Louise Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities Many of you will remember our interview with filmmaker Kelly O'Brien, whose film Softening documents life with her son Teddy, now 7 ... Read on »
Denied child care, this mom opens her own by Louise Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities Brennen was my first and only child, and like any expectant mother, I had dreams of giving birth to a healthy, happy baby. I had a normal pregnancy and delivery, a ... Read on »
When science doesn't have all the answers by Louise Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities It’s on the list . My son’s rare genetic deletion is on the list of disorders identified by microarray analysis of a fetus’s DNA.  It was a surprise to find it ... Read on »
From cocoon to cold reality by Louise Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities By Jennifer Johannesen When my son was very young, I was an enthusiastic participant in what I now think of as the “reha ... Read on »
Return on disability by Louise Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities This story on CBC's The National last night looks at the economic benefits of hiring people with disabilities. It includes an interview with Rich Donovan, CEO of Fifth Qu ... Read on »
A therapist finds herself in parent shoes by Louise Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities He was born with a port wine stain on his face, which can sometimes be a sign of Sturge-Weber syndrome , a rare disorder where an excess of blood vessels is found on t ... Read on »
Are kids with 'behaviours' bad? by Louise Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities The other night I woke with a vivid memory. I was in junior high taking band class.  Because I didn't step up qui ... Read on »
How misguided values make us sick by Louise Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities A number of stories crossed my desk recently that made me think about how our culture assigns value to people and how this disadvanta ... Read on »
One moment, forever changed by Louise Posted in: Blog Posts in Physical & Mental Disabilities Sofia Ali remembers her brother Malik as a “really athletic four-year-old, enthusiastic about learning and the best brother I could ev ... Read on »