Disability

Gina Huylenbroeck started losing her vision at 19 when she was diagnosed with progressional cones dystrophy, which becomes more severe over time. (Aaron Guillen/News Staff)

How one Victoria woman with vision loss overcomes pandemic obstacles

No full-time training program available for Canadians with blindness

 

Georgia Pike and guide dog Grainger face an added layer of COVID-19 challenges while navigating the world. (Nina Grossman/News Staff)

‘Guide dogs don’t know how to social distance’: Victoria woman asks for patience

Woman with vision impairment says pandemic poses new challenges

 

Storm clouds pass by the Peace tower and Parliament hill Tuesday August 18, 2020 in Ottawa. The parliamentary budget office says a one-time payment this fall to people with disabilities will cost the federal treasury $792 million. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Pandemic-related disability support to cost feds $792 million, PBO says

Budget office warns there may be potential fiscal impacts in subsequent years

 

Karyn Keith, who receives CPP disabilities benefits, poses for a portrait in her home in Brampton, Ont., Monday, January 27, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

‘Do our lives count for less?’: COVID-19 exposes cracks in disability aid

In July, Parliament approved a $600 payment for people with disabilities facing additional expenses during COVID-19

Karyn Keith, who receives CPP disabilities benefits, poses for a portrait in her home in Brampton, Ont., Monday, January 27, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
Blossom, an 11-week-old lab with her trainer, Cheryl Tradewell, in training to be a service dog with the BC and Alberta Guide Dog Society. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

Guide dogs not taught social distancing, public asked to assist when necessary

Dogs trained to take most efficient route meaning they could jump the line, brush against people

Blossom, an 11-week-old lab with her trainer, Cheryl Tradewell, in training to be a service dog with the BC and Alberta Guide Dog Society. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
Dec. 12, 2019 – Daniel Sands, a two-spirit person, says they have faced discrimination from BC Transit since they started using a wheelchair this year. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

Victoria resident faces discrimination from BC Transit since transitioning to a wheelchair

Daniel Sands says they are often not allowed on buses, even when there is room

Dec. 12, 2019 – Daniel Sands, a two-spirit person, says they have faced discrimination from BC Transit since they started using a wheelchair this year. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
The City of Victoria installed truncated domes into the sidewalks at the intersection of Blanshard and Fort Streets to assist people who are blind or partially-sited, but the bumps may be a problem for people with mobility issues. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)

Victoria installation for the blind causes problems for those with mobility issues

The truncated domes installed at Blanshard and Fort streets aren’t helpful for everyone

The City of Victoria installed truncated domes into the sidewalks at the intersection of Blanshard and Fort Streets to assist people who are blind or partially-sited, but the bumps may be a problem for people with mobility issues. (Nicole Crescenzi/News Staff)
Funds being raised for double-amputee Ecuadorean dancer

Funds being raised for double-amputee Ecuadorean dancer

North Saanich woman is putting out collection jars if people would like to donate

Funds being raised for double-amputee Ecuadorean dancer
Gabriel Pollard,16, died after a transportation lift used by the Disabled Sailing Association of Victoria broke, dropping him to the ground and into the water. His mother, Carrie Pollard, is now taking his death to the BC Supreme Court. (Submitted/GoFundMe)

Victoria mother whose son died in sailing accident goes to court

Teen Gabriel Pollard died after his transportation sling malfunctioned

Gabriel Pollard,16, died after a transportation lift used by the Disabled Sailing Association of Victoria broke, dropping him to the ground and into the water. His mother, Carrie Pollard, is now taking his death to the BC Supreme Court. (Submitted/GoFundMe)
Gabriel Pollard sustained fatal injuries after an accident with the Disabled Sailing Association of Victoria, which allows people with physical and mental disabilities sail in the Esquimalt area. Facebook

Investigation continues into death of teen Victoria sailor in dockside accident

Disabled Sailing Association member Gabriel Pollard, 16, died from injuries after lift gave out

Gabriel Pollard sustained fatal injuries after an accident with the Disabled Sailing Association of Victoria, which allows people with physical and mental disabilities sail in the Esquimalt area. Facebook