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On the bus

A car dealership in Idaho recently advertised its new trucks by asking, “Are you driving a wimpy truck? Do your kids take the short bus so they won’t be seen in it?” The dealership was then hit with complaints from parents of disabled kids complaining about the derogatory reference to “the short bus.” In places … Continue reading

On ice cream

  A neighbour crossed the street to speak to me. “You’ve had a dreadful winter,” she said, her voice full of sympathy. I was at a bit of a loss as to how to respond. While it was happening, it was dreadful, although, lost in the details, I couldn’t have summed it up that succinctly. … Continue reading

Reality over hope

There is no hiding the scars on Silken Laumann’s tanned leg. More than 20 years after the injury that almost ended her international rowing career, there is still a misshapen chunk missing from her calf. She spoke about that injury during a talk to a group of parents at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital last … Continue reading

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