Coronavirus: Federal panel aims to ensure Canadians with disabilities included in response

The COVID-19 pandemic takes a particularly heavy toll on Canadians with disabilities and more efforts are needed to ensure they’re included in national efforts to respond to the crisis, the minister overseeing accessibility issues said Friday as she appointed an…

‘Absolutely devastating’: Alberta parents concerned over support funding review

January 23 2020 7:37pm Some Alberta parents are outraged by the provincial government’s decision to review program funding for young children with disabilities. Emily Olsen reports. ‘ }); } else { var rel_id = svp.releaseInfo.contentId+””; if( typeof gnca_social_share_collection[rel_id] != “object”…

Edmonton boy stars in video game ad: ‘Nintendo wanted somebody with a visible disability’

Like many 16-year-olds, Aaron Waddingham likes to play video games. But unlike most teens, Aaron got paid for it. He was cast in the new Nintendo Switch commercial, which was released earlier this week. “I played it 20 times,” Aaron…

An exclusive look at the RCMP’s alleged campaign to get rid of Mounties with disabilities

For months, Chris Williams knew the force wanted him out. Proof of this arrived in the form of an official discharge notice last October, less than three months after the RCMP corporal completed his second stint at an in-patient recovery…

Meet the Mounties who allege the RCMP used their disabilities to force them out

It has been five years since the RCMP employment requirements were changed to allow dismissals on the basis of disability. In that time, the number of medical discharges has nearly doubled, according to a Global News analysis. READ MORE: An…

Wheelchair-accessible home renovation gifted to Sherwood Park girl with spinal injury

After months of sleeping in her family’s living room and showering at a local pool, an Edmonton-area girl who uses a wheelchair is celebrating the accessible makeover of her home — all completed free of charge. With the help of…

Home builder helps Sherwood Park girl adjust to life in wheelchair

March 5 2019 1:15am A Sherwood Park girl who suffered a horrific accident last summer is getting used to life in a wheelchair. As Albert Delitala reports, a local builder is helping her feel at home in her own house…

2018 Year in Review: Albertans who overcame health challenges and made a difference

First Const. Michael Jaszczyszyn had to deal with losing the vision in his right eye. Then he had to fight for his career — and others’ — by changing national RCMP policy. Jaszczyszyn is one of eight Albertans spotlighted in Global Edmonton’s 2018…