Are you prepared for the move?

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We also have a new Neurochangers logo !

This year we have made some new changes with our neurological centre Aim2Walk in Toronto. With many ideas and discussions regarding our name, we have decided to go ahead and change our name to Neurochangers. Our second location in Whitby is also named Neurochangers which made our decision and transition easier. With this going forward we have also amalgamated our blog into our website. Although this Neurochangers blog has been a successful way to create and share information to our readers for the past 5 years, this will be our last post on this site. We ask kindly that you take the time to follow us at our new site where we will continue to share health tips, technology and keep you updated on the latest events and compelling client progress stories. We thank you for your love and support over the past 5 years and we look forward to having you stop by our newest site! Click here to subscribe.

From Aim2Walk’s Neurochangers Family, we thank you!

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ReelAbilities Film Festival Opens in Toronto

Unknown-2.pngThe month of May is an exciting month to be downtown Toronto. A few weeks ago I wrote about Tangled Art Gallery, opening May 4th displaying art and disability. I also shared the exciting addition of several featured documentaries providing described video technology for the deaf at this years International Documentary Festival (Hot Docs) from April 28th-May 8th.

In addition there is the opening for the ReelAbilities Film Festival (RAFF) from May 12th-19th. Toronto is scheduled to launch the first annual edition of RAFF.
This is the largest film festival in North America dedicated to promoting the awareness and appreciation of lives, stories and art of people with disabilities.

The Festival will take place in 13 other cities across the United States with Toronto being the first city in Canada. RAFF showcases films, conversations and artistic programs to explore, embrace, and celebrate the diversity of our shared human experience.

With tickets only $12 and 14 different public screenings and panel discussions to choose from, there is sure to be something to appeal to everyone. Visit the ticket box office and book your shows now. https://tytix.tiff.net/scripts/max/10.17.40.32-34000/maxweb.exe

Michelle Wolfe, RMT
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Wheelchairs and snow = one heck of a mess!

Working at a neurological rehabilitation facility, we have wheelchairs coming in and out of our 10,000 sq ft area all day long. In the summer time, it’s not a problem, but when you mix a wheelchair with snow and salt, you can have one heck of a mess! I have noticed some of our clients wearing heavy duty gloves and others with frozen, dirty hands heading straight for the sink to be cleaned as they come inside from the cold. I took some time to ask my clients if they have any tricks to managing their mobility in the long, cold winter months. Here’s what I learned.

  1. A few of our clients who have made the transition from an electric chair to a manual chair, choose to use the electric chair while traveling in the snow. This saves the hassle of having frozen hands from manually wheeling themselves around.
  2. Invest in some tough gloves, preferably made with leather or some kind of
    Maybe everyone dealing with snow, should have an "outdoor" heavy duty chair like this one.  This machine could get through just about anything!

    Maybe everyone dealing with snow, should have an “outdoor” heavy duty chair like this one. This machine could get through just about anything!

    water resistant material.

  3. Travel with a friend. If someone pushes your chair through the snow, it can be safer with less chance to get stuck in the slush.
  4. Brush off your snow covered wheels when entering your home. Having a broom or brush near the door, allows you to keep the mess at the door and prevent snow puddles throughout your home.

Please comment below if you have any ideas of how to keep safe, clean and warm while traveling on wheels in the snow.

Michelle Wolfe