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L-R: Will Wang, Dr. Caroline Brun, Dr. Michael Rudnicki, Dr. Nicholas Dumont

L-R: Will Wang, Dr. Caroline Brun, Dr. Michael Rudnicki, Dr. Nicholas Dumont

 

1. Research breakthrough: In November of 2015 it was announced that Dr. Rudnicki and his team had discovered that Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy directly affects the muscle stem cells. Read more.

2. Second Annual Respiratory Care Grants: We awarded funding to four projects. Read about them here.

3. Walk for Muscular Dystrophy: 2015 marked another fabulous season of our communities coming together and work to help make muscles move! See the re-cap of the season here.

 

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Top Ten Strategies ANYONE (Including Introverts) Can Use To Connect!

The following is an excerpt from the post Top Ten Strategies ANYONE (Including Introverts) Can Use To Connect! which can be found in it’s original form here

DSC03027Many people don’t realize that connecting with strangers is not a natural gift, but rather a skill to be learned. It’s true: ANYONE can learn to become a connector; regardless of how shy or introverted they are, if they are willing to force themselves out of their comfort zones even just a bit. By doing so, they will quickly learn to over-ride the fear, anxiety and shyness often associated with meeting new people. And before you roll your eyes and think, “Oh, it’s easy for you,” I have to tell you it’s not.

Trust me when I say that I get it: I understand that for many people, boldly approaching strangers is a fear-inducing-anxiety-filled-panic experience. I watch my son Tristan go through this on a daily basis; he’s painfully shy due to his muscular dystrophy and being worried that people are looking at him funny. But when he does let people in and makes friends with them, they are blown away at what a funny, humorous, wise, smart and charismatic guy he is… and he is all those things, and much more.

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International Day of Persons With Disabilities: AccessNow

December 3rd, 2015 marks the United Nations Enable initiative of International Day of Persons with Disabilities. The theme for this year’s Day is “Inclusion matters: access and empowerment for people of all abilities,” and we thought we would ask our friend Maayan Ziv to tell us about her new app, AccessNow

AccessNowEver since I was a little girl, Muscular Dystrophy Canada has been in my life. From supporting my family as I grew up with Spinal Muscular Atrophy, to now acting as an ambassador and photographer for MDC myself.

I am so excited to be guest blogging today to share with you a little about a recent project I have launched called AccessNow. (This is actually my first time ever guest blogging, so here goes…eek!)

“Is it wheelchair accessible?” This might be the number one question I ask on a regular basis. Every time I want to go anywhere new, the first thing I must know is will I have access? Often getting an answer to this question isn’t so easy. “Is it wheelchair accessible? Does your location have a barrier free entrance? Are there any steps at all? Can you go check? Are you sure?”

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