Shire Canada 2014 ADHD Scholarship

The 2014 edition of the Shire Canada ADHD Scholarship Program is now live. The 5 recipients will each receive $1500 and one year of ADHD coaching from the Edge Foundation.

Application criteria:

  • open to legal residents of Alberta, Manitoba, Nova Scotia, Ontario or Quebec
  • accepted to or enrolled in a Canadian accredited two-year to four-year college, university, trade school, technical school, or vocational school located in one of the 5 eligible provinces
  • must be of the age of majority in the province of residence
  • must have a diagnosis of ADHD and be under the care of a licensed health care professional for ADHD

Deadline to apply is April 15, 2014, 8:00pm EST. Individuals can apply online.

U.S. Ratification of U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

This past December 3 – International Day of Persons with Disabilities – the United States ambassador to the United Nations urged the U.S. Senate to ratify the U.N. Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. Last December, the Senate voted 61-38 in favour of the treaty, failing to meet the two-thirds majority needed for ratification.

Supporters have argued that ratification would press the rest of the world to get up to par with the Americans with Disabilities Act, which they call the world’s “gold standard.” Opponents have suggested the treaty would not have any measurable, positive effects on Americans travelling or serving abroad, and could impinge on U.S. sovereignty.

The treaty, which came into force in May of 2008, was ratified by Canada in 2010.

Destress with Puppy Power

The Puppy Room is happening!

December 4 from 1:30pm to 3:30pm and December 6 from 11:00am to 1:00pm, University of Calgary members can visit That Empty Space in MacEwan Student Centre to spend some time with dogs brought to campus by the Pet Access League Society.

Calgary Herald: Council votes to end fee for longer Access Calgary trips

As reported in the Calgary Herald, Calgary City Council voted unanimously Monday to scrap Access Calgary’s $20 surcharge for trips more than one kilometre from a  regular transit stop.

MNT: New light shed on learning disorders

From Medical News Today, a recent story on “the first anatomical evidence that the brains of children with a nonverbal learning disability – long considered a “pseudo” diagnosis – may develop differently than the brains of other children.”

This finding, the story goes on to say, “could ultimately help educators and clinicians better distinguish between – and treat – children with a nonverbal learning disability, or NLVD, and those with Asperger’s, or high functioning autism, which is often confused with NLVD. “