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Personal Stories

In the beginning, SB&H’s founding families wanted a link with parents at the hospital, because they knew what little information they had been given when their children were born. Twenty-five years later, everyone remembers the incredible bonds that were forged. By Marni Andrews

Christine Stapleford writes that people with hidden disabilities may not have all the physical problems, but they do face many of the same challenges. It's not as black and white as everyone thinks.

Laura as a Clown

A mother, who felt her daugter's rights were being infringed, files a complaint with the ontario human right commission. - by D.Henry Wright

When Laura Booth started kindergarten at Dixon Grove Junior-Middle School in September 1987, she made it there and back in her wheelchair unimpeded by physical obstacles. That was partly because her mother, Joan, made sure she would. A couple of months earlier, she had called the Etobicoke City works department and saw to it that all the curbs between their home and Dixon Grove were ramped.

Cassie is like every other little girl her age she dreams of being a ballerina. Ancaster dance studio Dancesations has made this dream a reality for a very special little girl. Cassie suffered a brain injury at birth and she has left sided hemiplegia cerebral palsy and hydrocephalus. Cassie is very lucky that her cerebral palsy is mild allowing her to participate in ballet.

Cassie Fruck

Cassie was born with hydrocephalus. The doctors saw it on ultrasound - she had an intraventricular hemmorage when she was in my tummy.

She got a shunt at MacMaster Children's Hospital when she was 3 weeks old, but developed a shunt infection and had a rocky few weeks. Cassie had her shunt externalized and then removed and had to have IV antibiotics for six weeks. Cassie was able to come home and lived without her shunt to clear up her infection.