FAQ - Frequently Asked Questions

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Which disabilities do you provide services for? 

  • All disabilities (Behaviour. Communication including Autism, Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Language Impairment and Learning Disability. Intellectual including Giftedness, Mild Intellectual Disability and Developmental Disability. Physical including Physical Disability and Blind and Low Vision.) 
  • Those who develop it later in life (such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, or post-polio syndrome).
  • Those who acquire it through injury or an accident. 

What is a barrier to employment?   

  • A circumstance or obstacle that keeps people apart or prevents communication or employability progress such as:
    • A person under-represented in the labour market (disabilities, indigenous persons, racialized youth, newcomers to Canada)
    • Age related barrier, having a hard time to find or keep a job
    • Out of work for awhile

What are the major categories of a physical disability?

  • Most common issues reported are mobility, flexibility and pain. There are three realities of physical disability: 
    • Visible (wheelchair); 
    • Not-so-visible (severe arthritis, chronic lung or heart condition) not immediately obvious, but can impact the ability to climb stairs, stand long periods of time or even move across rooms; 
    • Aging factor those people aging into a physical disability. Aging and disability tend to go hand-in-hand. 

If you see a person get out of a car with a disability parking permit, and they walk with no cane mobility device, are they cheating?

Episodic disabilities can create extreme fatigue and can fluctuate during the day. Being able to park closer to a building will allow the individual more ease in walking or carrying objects to the car.