1. Donna Thomson reads from "The Four Walls of My Freedom" - Oct 28, 2014



    Donna Thomson’s life was forever altered when her son Nicholas was born with cerebral palsy. A former actor, director and teacher, Donna became his primary caregiver and embarked on a second career as a disability activist, author and consultant. A riveting and redemptive family memoir, The Four Walls of My Freedom is her account of raising a son with cerebral palsy and a passionate appeal to change the way we think about “the good life.” She shared her story with us in the Fall.

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    • #5 "It won't get worse, right?" Part II.


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      Part 2 in a discussion of whether or not CP gets "worse" over time, and how you can mess yourself up by assuming you'll always be as you are. contact: embracingotherness [at] gmail.com

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      • Join The Journey


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        Meet the Folks of Noah Homes and join their journey. www.noahhomes.org Donate Now https://secure.acceptiva.com/?cst=7a6862

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        • #4 Don't foster a culture of "no expectations."


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          There's a difference between being realistic about your capabilities, and being told you have none. contact: embracingotherness [at] gmail.com

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          • 25. Listen to a Breathe Magic Trainer: Amy (Easter Camp 2015)


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            Breathe Arts Health Research is a social enterprise that designs and delivers exciting and innovative ways of using the arts in healthcare, to improve outcomes for patients, staff and communities. Its flagship programme is Breathe Magic, where patients learn magic skills designed to provide therapeutic benefits. Breathe Magic Camps (http://breatheahr.org/breathe-magic-hemiplegia/) are 10-day programmes of intensive and highly-effective therapy designed to improve the motor skills and psychological wellbeing of children with hemiplegia (a weakness or loss of control affecting one side of the body). Magic Circle magicians work alongside occupational therapists to teach specially adapted tricks which develop motor skills, cognitive abilities and self-confidence. Similar work is being carried out for adult stroke patients. Breathe has also developed a ground-breaking programme where teenagers with severe mental health problems are taught magic tricks in order to improve their emotional wellbeing and communication skills.

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            • #3 "It won't get worse, right?" Part I.


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              As I established in #2, CP is not a disease, or contagious, etc. Even though it's not "progressive" like other neurological disorders, that doesn't mean it can't get worse. This is part 1 in however many parts it takes me to talk about how I went from having great self-care to almost losing some of my abilities.

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              • Storm Fitness Testimonial (Matthew)


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                Client testimonial video for Storm Fitness

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                • #2 "What happened to her? What's wrong with her?"


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                  Kids like to ask questions, you should too. Here's the short answer. Contact: embracingothernes [at] gmail.com

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                  • #1 - Intro: Who am I and why are you watching this?


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                    This is the first video in what I'd like to see become a weekly event. I mention in it that I prefer to be contacted by email. You can do that here: embracingotherness [at] gmail.com Here's some background on why I made it: "The idea for this project has come from a variety of places, but it’s mostly driven by this: I have Cerebral Palsy, which is probably the most visible aspect of who I am. When I was growing up, there were very few people I could talk to about disability-related issues. When I did look outwards, people tended to be overly optimistic or dismissive. I’ve noticed a pervasive trend in society to tell young people that “it gets better” – no matter what “it” is. This is well-intentioned, and in some cases, true. It can also be a dangerous narrative, because it gives the impression that problems are only related to someone's age, which adulthood will magically erase. I’m 30, and yes, it’s true that some problems from my youth are no longer issues. Unfortunately, many of the root causes remain, and will for decades to come. I decided to talk about my experiences – not because I have life figured out – but because I believe that honesty does more for people than simply “giving them hope” ever can. Hope is great! But it can be hard to find, and what has helped me is to learn to process life’s obstacle courses. Lastly, this project takes its name from the fact that disability is only one way in which I am “other.” The most important thing any of us can do is be who we are, and to accept that we will never be anyone else!"

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                    • ABR - Fascia and how it relates to Cerebral Palsy / Brain Injury


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                      This concise video briefly explains what fascia is, and how it collapses after a brain injury. ABR techniques promote fascia remodeling and improve the posture and motor functions in children with cerebral palsy. www.abrcanada.com info@abrcanada.com www.facebook.com/abr.canada

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