Listen. Learn. Take action. Watch “amazing” happen!

They say that when the student is ready the teacher will appear. Well, I guess the student is ready. Because, over the past several months, I’ve had the pleasure and privilege of getting to know a 43-year-old man who has become my teacher. This man, while in the process of defining and taking the actions…

In the company of others … community grows

So, last evening, there were nine of us at the weekly Pub ‘n Pint gathering, at a local watering hole. And, oh, what a lively gathering it was! Each week, unless there’s a holiday, or someone is sick, I plant myself in the pub with my pot of mint tea and wait to see who…

Being “in the moment” brings me full circle

by Linda Doran Viscardis I love it when I am able to be in the moment, rather than worrying about where I’ve been and where I’m going. Invariably, when in the moment for longer than just a few seconds, I am blessed. Something amazing happens, and I find myself shaking my head in wonder. This…

Setting GPS early makes living away possible

Ya, so, I was reminded recently that it has been almost 14 years since our now 33-year-old daughter moved from our home. Check that – five of those years, she actually lived in an apartment we built for her, above our garage. But, it’s been 14 years of letting go for me, and living away…

Funding advocacy a matter of education

How many readers would be grateful for more funding for their family member who lives with an intellectual or developmental disability? If you’re someone who would appreciate more funding, read on. First of all, I’ll state up front, that our daughter receives funding from the Government of Ontario. Is it enough to support her in…

Asset-based perspective changes status quo

I just had a conversation with yet another person who is feeling sick about the lack of funding for their adult person who lives with multiple challenges. Their cry, “What are we going to do!!?” makes me heart-sick! And prompted a wee rant, I’m afraid. 🙄   I belong to various disability-related Facebook groups, as…

Some “foods” trigger “behaviour” issues

I have some pretty interesting memories from years ago, B.C. (Before Change), when I could rarely say that life was joy-filled. I remember the naturopath saying, “Linda, if you want to see dramatic change in your life, you will have to cut certain things out of your diet, and out of the diet of your…

Moving on … again! – Reprised (1994)

I wrote the following Introspective for the P.R.O.S.P.E.C.T.S. newsletter in the spring of 1994. Little did I know when I wrote this how my life would later be affected by the most intimate of “movings on” of all … the passing of my mother, December 25, 1994. And then, in 2009, to again move on,…

Bathe in the happiness of today – Reprised (1993)

I wrote the following Introspective for the P.R.O.S.P.E.C.T.S. newsletter in the autumn of 1993. Things have changed considerably since those days! I now enjoy every single moment of summer … proof that things do indeed get better with time.  Please enjoy, “Bathe in the happiness of today” – Reprised. Each winter, I can’t wait for…