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Helen Keller - More than a Miracle Child

by Laura Bulk

In today's era of political correctness, where we use words to place the Person first and develop policies at various levels of government to address Inclusion, we forget all too easily that eugenics, the applied science that prescribes the use of methods aimed at improving the genetic composition of a population, was at one time an accepted practice. That we have what we do today may relate back in large measure to someone acclaimed in our disability discourse as a revered figure: none other than Helen Keller.

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INSPIRED TO PLAY FOR FUN AND FITNESS

by Carolyn Fenny

I don’t think I could imagine my life without wakeboarding and canoeing, cross-country skiing and running. Physical activity has been an integral part of my life for as long as I can remember.  I started swimming at the age of two and playing badminton when I was six.  At school I had an amazing elementary gym teacher who offered morning games before school and running club at lunch time. 

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OVERCOMING CHALLENGES IN PURSUIT OF A BLACK BELT

by Kaley McLean

My name is Kaley McLean.  I am a very competitive person by nature and enjoy participating in physical activity.  Currently, I am involved in recreational swimming, downhill skiing and pilates. 

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MADE TO FEEL WELCOME

by Laura Bulk

Growing up on a farm near a forest I was a very active kid – always running around, playing with animals and exploring the great outdoors. In school I played some of the team sports, but to a limited extent.

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FROM THE SIDELINES TO A HEALTHY LIFE

by Louis Gaudry

As a person with a physical disability, I understand how hard it is to be accepted when it comes to inclusion in sports and recreation in the community.  That's why the message of inclusion promoted by the Active Living Alliance for Canadians with a Disability is so very important to me. Growing up and attending school was very hard when it came to participating in any activities. Whether it was just playing in the schoolyard or participating in the gymnasium, adults were hesitant of me getting involved, for fear of me getting hurt.

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ON COURSE AND GIVING BACK

by Marc Ross

My name is Marc Ross and on June 21st, 1998 (when I was 17), I became a C 5 quadriplegic with limited shoulder movement and weak biceps. Since then, I have been struggling against debilitating health problems which have necessitated, over the past few years, several operations and countless visits to doctors and hospitals. Being almost completely paralyzed has drastically reduced my mobility and other than being able to brush my teeth, use my voice-activated computer and eat with the help of splints, I am entirely dependent on others.

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NO GOAL IS OUT OF REACH

by Marco Pasqua

My name is Marco Giovanni Pasqua. I was born on July 4, 1985 at Vancouver's Grace Hospital. That date would eventually mean more to my family than ever expected as it was the beginning of my fight for a “normal” life. I only weighed 2 pounds 1 ounce when I was born and was 3 months premature. My parents would later find out that I was also born with Cerebral Palsy (Spastic Diplegia).

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FIND YOUR FUN

By Mia Fairley

My name is Mia Fairley.  I am a substitute teacher in Lac Ste. Anne County in Alberta. I could never have anticipated the great passion I feel for promoting activity and sport for persons with disabilities.  That is why I am thankful everyday for the birth of my three children.  My son was born first and introduced me to the congenital birth defect called Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus.  Both of my daughters would be born later.  My first daughter would also be born with Spina Bifida, but her condition was significantly milder than her brother.  My youngest tested negative for the condition.

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BLAZING MY OWN TRAIL

by Salah Kharief

My name is Salah Kharief. I am from Sudan in North Africa. I was born in Khartoum -Tuti Island - in 1974 into a big family with seven brothers and one sister. When I was two years old, I was mistakenly given an injection which led me to contract polio. I was unable to walk and needed to crawl everywhere. My parents were the first people to encourage me to take up physical activity by taking me to massage therapy.

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A Story of Survival

By Mitchell Ravvin

My name is Mitchell Ravvin and I am the Manager of Fund Development for the Canadian Paraplegic Association (Alberta). I was born and raised in Calgary, and other than a couple of work stints in both Toronto (4 years) and Los Angeles (1 year), I have lived in Calgary for the majority of my 48 years of life.

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Ottawa Community Path Finder Shows That Dovercourt is Open to All

By Shelley Morris

Being fit has many advantages; physical/mental well-being, opportunities to make friends, the chance to meet and exceed athletic goals, and countless other benefits. While many can easily take advantage of fitness programs in their community, the road to full, integrated participation is often difficult for those with disabilities.

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Getting There...and Beyond

By Shelley Morris

Athletes know it takes determination, sacrifice, and unshakable faith to get to competition.� They seldom walk alone, as the people in their lives play an important part. Many athletes aspire to better outcomes. The pursuit of excellence, for recreational and professional athletes, is just one more event away.

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A Great Day Had by All!

by Justine

The New Brunswick Canada Games Girls Softball Team had one mindset last Sunday as they travelled to Truro, Nova Scotia for two exhibition games, play strong and put up a good fight. They did just so, splitting the games with one win and one loss. The team played very well suffering only two difficult innings, accounting for the loss. Although their performance on the field was what was on the girls' minds last weekend, their focus changed to a different kind of performance for the following Saturday.

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Meeting the Disabled Client's Training Needs

By Colette Blain

Twenty-one-year-old Ben Brown was always active, playing hockey and softball, competing in track and field and whizzing around on a skateboard. Three years ago, Ben misjudged a jump during ATV motocross practice and wound up with a severed spinal cord, leaving him a T-5 paraplegic. But he still races motocross on a fully adapted YFZ 450 Yamaha quad, and is heading to the Canada Games as part of the basketball team and in 400- and 800-meter racing, all in a wheelchair.

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Man on adapted bike.  People playing tennis.  Girl swimming