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Q & A: How do we get policy makers to support our ideas?

After the Impact-Ability Webinar last week with Ben Weinlick, one of the participants asked a really interesting question to which Ben sent back a thoughtful response. One of the big challenges with human centered design innovations …

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For Caregivers, It's All About Gratitude

My husband Jim and I are in Milwaukee visiting our daughter.  Natalie works here at an arts research foundation and we really wanted to see where she lives (it's so important for us parents …

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The Social Finance Deal that Keeps on Giving

Take two geniuses. The one, Bob Williams, who many consider to be the “social, environmental and economic architect” of modern British Columbia. The other, internationally renowned architect, Bing Thom. Present them with a high-rise …

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IMPACT-Ability Webinar with Ben Weinlick: Recap

On November 14, Al Etmanski and Vickie Cammack had the pleasure of talking with Ben Weinlick about Setting the Table for Allies, Adversaries, and Strangers for the third part of our IMPACT-Ability Webinar Series. If you don’t …

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Study: Savings for Person with Disabilities

Malatest is conducting a survey on behalf of Employment and Social Development Canada about how Canadians with disabilities save for their future. If you are a Canadian with a disability who does not have …

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Two Eyed Seeing: The Common Wisdom of Aboriginal Peoples and Caregivers

Last week I happened to be in Toronto for a Master Class in patient and family oriented research. I'm passionate about putting the patient and family experience at the heart of research so that …

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Remembering My Father Today

Today is Remembrance Day in Canada, Veteran's Day in the United States. Today I remember my father, James Edward Thomson, who fought in Europe with the Royal Montreal Regiment and won an award for bravery …

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Meditations for Mindful Impact

What worked in the past won’t necessarily work in the present. What works in the present won’t necessarily work in the future. What will work in the future depends on the past. EH! An obsession …

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Setting The Table for the Unusual Suspects

By Al Etmanski We need a bigger table to advance to the next stage of the disability agenda. We should be making room for strangers and adversaries not just friends and allies. If you …

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National Caregivers Month: The Third Pillar is Patience

Patience. We learn it the hard way in caregiving. In this break-neck-speed society, caregivers are like student drivers, always trying to put our foot on the gas, but with 'fate', the driving instructor, firmly …

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