Entries in British Columbia (49)


Dancing With The Stars For Autism

Lauren Topor and Tom Leap both 24 years old on the autism spectrum, share the love for dancing, ballroom dancing in particular. A "Phantom of the Opera" ballroom routine earned them first place in the "Dancing with the Stars for Autism" contest in Johnstown Pennsylvania. Through dancing it is now clearly shown that both Lauren and Tom have gained tremendous self-confidence and have found a great purpose in life. Read more about their stories here at Autism Speaks!


Pets Help Austic Children Gain Social Skills

New studies have found that having any type of pet in the same home as an autistic child can greatly boost their social skills. In a survey studying 70 families with a child on the spectrum, those with pets in their home showed more social behavior than without. For example they were more likely to introduce themselves, ask for information, or respond to questions. "Kids with autism don’t always readily engage with others, but if there’s a pet in the home that the child is bonded with and a visitor starts asking about the pet, the child may be more likely to respond,” said Gretchen Carlisle, who worked on the study.

Read more about this interesting article here from Disability Scoop!


Ezra Roy Receives University Degree 

Ezra Roy, 26 years old, has recently graduated with honours from Texas Southern University and gained a bachelor's degree in art. Born with down syndrome, Ezra has overcome many obstacles to get to where he is today with the help of his father, Alvin Roy. Although Alvin has said the University made adjustments for Ezra such as extending time for writing exams and projects, the requirements stayed the same as any other student studying at Texas Southern University. There were obvious skeptics, but Ezra proved all that he was able to accomplish his goals with the support and encouragements of family and friends around him.

 Read more about Ezra's great accomplishment here at Disability Scoop!


TV To Become More Accessible 

Comcast is now in the midst of sharing an accessible "Talking Guide" which is said to be the industries first voice-enabled television user interface. This guide includes a voice read over of show titles, air times, time left, network names, descriptions and many other tv-viewing information crucial for viewers with sight impairment. It is said the Talking Guide will be launched by early December, and all X1 users are to receive it via automatic updates.

Read more about this great new feature here from Disability Scoop!


Mikayla Holmgren's Passion For Dance

Mikayla Holmgren from Minnesota has found her element in dance. Confidently expressing herself through dance ever since she was a little girl. Holmgren was born with down syndrome and her parents are very proud of where she's at today in dance, and her dance teacher treats her no less like any other student. Additionally Mikayla participates in the Special Olympics in gymnastics, and was also on the pom squad in highshcool.

“She impacted my life in so many ways. She reminds me of what dance is all about,” - said by Mikayla's dance teacher.

Read more here from My Fox 9