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Direct Billing!

4 mars 2020

 RCMP, Veteran, Canadian Forces? First Nations with Treaty? On Social Assistance &/or a Federally Sponsored Immigrant with Supplemental Health? 

We may direct bill for you so that you're not out of pocket. Without such enhanced benefits, workplace insurance usually covers custom orthotics ~80%

All you need is a prescription or a referral slip (even a competitor's referral) from your physician, nurse practitioner or podiatrist. We take care of the rest!

Note: We are also "Approved Providers" for WCB and SGI claims too.

New Standards for Custom Orthotics in Regina

2017-02-23

Help your employees feel their best.
With our Regina, Saskatchwan clinic, we offer real value, fast service & exceptional quality.

Got benefits? Get a prescription & make a booking.
We take care of the rest! On-site lab. Medical-grade materials.

1st pair 350. 2nd pair and 3rd pair pricing available.
www.ashfieldorthotics.com

Articles

Why Do Only 50% of People With Disability Work ! As a person with cerebral palsy & a certified pedorthist, working is as important as walking.

2017-03-08

I wrote this for two reasons: to share some of my story and to bring attention to why people with disabilities must continue to fight for employment, increased mobility and less isolation.

In Canada recently it was revealed that over 50% of people with disabilities do not work. This is the same in the United States, with some states reaching over 70%. These kinds of figures have been around a long time, as those of us who follow such things know. We have barely moved the needle in decades. Things may have improved from when I was a child and was told I would never ride a bike or that I would end up in a wheelchair by the time I was 40. Neither of these warnings came true. But far too many people with disabilities are still not working. Over fifty percent.

As a long-time human service professional in administration, education and healthcare settings with cerebral palsy, I can tell you that we - people with disabilities - work quite well actually. Many people I have met or worked with, from Rick Hansen to colleagues to friends to patients continue to accomplish much as people with disabilities. Sure, some of us may move a bit differently. Or use technology to help get things done. We might even talk in ways that are hard to understand at first. And sometimes we can't make our thoughts easily do what we want. But I can tell you from my own experience - whether self-employed, in the public service or working for large & small companies - that working is an affirmation of what we already know, despite societal barriers: we are quite capable.

In the same article article above, Carla Qualtrough, Canada's Minister of Sport and Persons with Disabilities, stated - rightly - that “Everything impacts employment,”

“If you don’t have a building environment that’s accessible, you can’t work there. If you don’t have the transportation that gets you there, you can’t work there. If you don’t have technology that’s accessible, you can’t work there. All roads lead back to employment in some way."

But, as correct as that sounds, the proposed legislation does not speak at all to the fact that we do not become employed if we do not get past the job interviews. All the legislated physical improvements related to federally-regulated workplaces like banks or federal departments will continue to ignore the largest obstacle that we all face. Ourselves.

When I was growing up in small town Saskatchewan, while I did not use a wheelchair, I was acutely aware of the type of look I almost always received from girls in my classes. They were not a "come hither" kind of stare! And I never got picked first for any kind of sport, like baseball, even though I was a pretty decent batter when the opportunity arose. And my footprints in the snow had a decidedly unorganized path, no matter how hard I tried. (As it turns out, I've been analyzing gait for decades.) In elementary school, my biggest claim to fame was - in my mind - that during every fire drill for years I got to stand at the front of the line due to the fortunate spelling of my last name. Although I was smart enough and "cute" enough to get along well socially and academically, the unchallenged stares at my legs ("Look at me, not my disability!") and subtle cues from most peers led to real isolation - and very few parties - that continued well into my first year of university when I was 17 to 18 years old. Thank goodness for books and music.

And thank goodness for my parents. My dad Walter would never say there were things I shouldn't take on, from fishing and hunting to bike riding and building. My mom June - a true saint - would patiently listen to me while I complained, raved, cried and yelled about how hard done by I was. (Poor me!!) She'd wait until I ran out of steam a bit and then let me have it, asking: "You know what?"

"What?" I sniffled, yelled or glared, depending on my age or depth of wounding.

"You can feel sorry for yourself, if you want. But I want you to think about this: there is always someone out there worse off. And nobody owes you anything. You know what your biggest disability is? It's in your head!"

To this day, decades later, I remember those well-placed mental 'whacks' like a Buddhist monk remembers the Master's stick brought down to correct posture.

It hit me between the eyes. Straight to my brain. After many such repeats and a bit more life experience, I began to realize as a young adult that it was indeed far worse for a great many people. And not just people with disabilities. I learned that I had things to offer: insatiable curiosity, a love of words, energy to spare and almost unshakeable optimism. (My family wishes I were little less 'on' sometimes. Apparently, it tires them.)

As a person with a disability - and a pretty mild one, in hindsight - I am hardly an expert on how others should conquer the job market. It is tough out there. As a new small business owner, I often also work 2-3 jobs depending on how slow our slow season is. All I know is

someone is always worse off

nobody owes me anything.

And so, go onward. We are not victims. Get out there. Apply. Learn. Volunteer. Do. Fail. And try again.

Just like everyone else.

Collaboration

Large Company We Can Come to You.

2017-02-23

Mobile clinic services available
With flexible scheduling, local manufacturing and benefits eligibility, help workers be their best.
Email or call to set it up.