Insights &

Inflation. No friend to human services.

The current round of inflation was born out of the COVID crisis and caused by many issues (for example overseas supply chain challenges, healthy consumer bank accounts, consumers who despite inflation and global uncertainty still seem willing to spend, and wage increases to counter the Great Resignation, etc.). The February 2022 year on year inflation rate in Canada was 5.7% overall, a rate not seen since August of 1991.

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Digital Inclusion – Worldwide Lessons during COVID

Last week we ran across a brand-new meta study on the digital inclusion of people with intellectual disabilities during COVID 19. This study reviewed 16 studies on this topic during COVID 19 (2020 – 2021) and also reached out to researchers worldwide to capture studies that haven’t been published yet. Given how many organizations had to switch on a dime to virtual service provision, it’s an important window into the effects of these efforts.

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Human Rights are Universal

December 10, 2022 starts a year long campaign in recognition of the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). The slogan for this campaign “Dignity, Freedom, and Justice for All” amplifies the Universal Declaration which states “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights”.

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All Means Everyone

What voices are heard? As a person who has Trisomy 21, I have an emic perspective about the lives of people who have Down syndrome. I have had a lot of opportunity in my life. I have achieved a lot of goals, but it didn’t happen overnight. It took an on-going effort, battling barriers, blazing trails and proving professionals wrong.

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Nicole’s Eight Tips to Self Care

How many lives do you have? Protecting the life you have is about self-care, making wise choices about the lifestyle you prefer. It is your path to determine the lifestyle you choose depending on your situation. There may be part of you that wants to choose an unhealthy path, one that defeats your purpose and contradicts your lifestyle goal.

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Do Rights Grow Old?

Who’s your historian? Elders are people with lived experience, they are very knowledgeable. An older adult is like a big collection of books full of information, like in the library. Elders have lived through many experiences and we need to respect and take the time to listen to their stories.

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Do You have a Choice?

Have you seen what I’ve seen? It doesn’t matter where we go in life, there are things that affect our mental health. There are challenges that we have to face. Hardships in life can cause stressful events.

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Through My Eyes

Have you seen what I’ve seen? It doesn’t matter where we go in life, there are things that affect our mental health. There are challenges that we have to face. Hardships in life can cause stressful events.

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WITHinspiration Photo Project

This social enterprise is an opportunity for people with a disability to share their talents with the broader community and influence positive change in the supports they receive and in the human service.

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WITHinspiration Exhibition

Join us while we showcase the artistic talent of photographers who have a disability in our 1-day-only free exhibit on June 2nd, 2022 at the Signal Brewery. Celebrate and experience the creative and thought-provoking photographs of PMB’s WITHInspiration Photo Project.​

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