Canadian Book ClubsFinding Matthew has been reviewed by Gail Knutson of CanadianBookClubs.com. Please check out this honest review. http://www.canadianbookclubs.com/bkrv2/?post_type=topic&p=361

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Special_Needs_Book_Review logoFinding_MatthewFinding Matthew is featured this week on specialneedsbookreview.com. Lorna at Special Needs Book Review has put together a wonderful review/summary of the book. Here’s an excerpt:

“There are so many books how can one choose which ones to read? Which are excellent parenting books, inspirational books, books that will make a lasting impression on how you view your family?  We have learned about one book that does all three!  Special Needs Book Review wants to tell you about a mother’s memoir that chronicles the life of her son born with multiple disabilities, Finding Matthew, A Child with Brain Damage, A Young Man with Mental Illness, A Son and Brother with Extraordinary Spirit by Donna Kirk.”

You can read the full piece, which includes a guest post by me, below.

http://www.specialneedsbookreview.com/2015/02/18/finding-matthew-brain-damage-mental-illness-extraordinary-spirit-by-donna-kirk/

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The Importance of Employment and Activity for People with Developmental Disabilities

January 8, 2015

In the Greater Toronto section of the Star, January 7, 2015, I read about Cristina Iusso. She is the only five year old I know who has her own thriving business. It’s called Cristina’s Tortina Shop, and she sells cupcakes. Tortina is Italian for little cake. Her mother, Mary Iusso, keeps the business running smoothly […]

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An Interview with Voices 4 Ability

November 5, 2014

Voices 4 Ability is an online radio station that provides a variety of content, both entertaining and resourceful, for people with disabilities and their allies. On September 25, I was interviewed by Jodie Eleanor, MSW, RSW. We had a great time and covered some topics that will be of interest to many who read this […]

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Plight of People with Developmental Disabilities, Part 3

October 17, 2014

  Since the Final Report of the Select Committee on Developmental Services was tabled in July 22 2014, has anything been done? Has Minister Jazek followed through on any of her six promises? Monique Taylor, one of the Committee members, addressed the legislative assembly of Ontario. Here, in part, are her words: “I am proud […]

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Plight of People with a Developmental Disability in Ontario, Part Two

September 3, 2014

Minister Jaczek’s Plan for the $810 Million On August 8, 2014, I commented on the Final Report of the Select Committee on Developmental Services. I addressed Minister Jaczek’s statement of July 22, 2014, specifically the first two initiatives on her list of six that she suggests would be strengthened by the investment of $810 million […]

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The Plight of People with Developmental Disabilities in Ontario

August 8, 2014

Crisis is now a Pre-requisite for Service On October 3, 2012, the Legislative Assembly of Ontario gave unanimous consent to a motion to appoint a Select Committee of Developmental Services. The Select Committee would consider and report to the House its observations and recommendations with respect to the urgent need for a comprehensive developmental services […]

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Voices of Autism

July 6, 2014

Tribute to Reese Matthew Kirk February 19, 1970 – July 6, 2010 I heard a familiar voice behind me and turned around but no one was there. When I heard the voice again I started back down the block and waited, knowing it would only be moments until the call rang out again. At the […]

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A Mother’s Best Advice for Parents of Children with Disabilities…..

June 19, 2014

“How do you cope with all this?” friends asked every time we got together with our children. “I couldn’t do what you’re doing.” My friends were referring to Matthew, our first child. After suffering oxygen loss at birth in 1970, he sustained severe brain damage. According to the head pediatrician at Sick Kids Hospital, he’d […]

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Where Do Your Talents Lie?

May 14, 2014

Where do your talents lie? Please watch this short video. Could you ever aspire to the achievements of these young people? Kids like this are generally considered unteachable and not able to fit in. Really?

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