Jadine: ‘This is gonna be a true lesson of independence’

Like most 18-year-olds, Jadine wants to experience the freedom of adulthood and is thinking about leaving home. Jadine lives with Cerebral Palsy and uses a wheelchair — she's been cared for by her mom and siblings her entire life.

Jadine boldly takes the first steps toward independance by spending three weeks away from her family at an independent living camp, where she'll learn some of the skills she'll need to survive on her own. 

Since Red Button...

After participating in Red Button, Jadine presented a proposal to make her high school more accessible. It became a movement called the Let's Roll Challenge, where six teachers spent a day in wheelchairs to understand what it's like to navigate through the building.

Jadine starts university in the fall. She'll be living in residence. 

Resources 

National Educational Association of Disabled Students (1-877-670-1256)  supports full access to education and employment for post-secondary students and graduates with disabilities across Canada.

Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital (1-800-363-2440 ) creates a world of possibility by supporting children and youth living with disability, medical complexity, illness and injury.

Kids Health Alliance is a not-for-profit network of partners working to create a child- and family-centred, high quality, consistent, coordinated approach to pediatric care.

CP Canada Network works collaboratively to optimize the autonomy, health and participation of children, youth and adults with cerebral palsy as inclusive and productive members of Canadian society.

Easter Seals (877-376-6362) is Canada’s largest local provider of programs, services, and issues-leadership and development for the disability community.

March of Dimes Canada (1-800-263-3463) provides a wide range of services to people with physical disabilities throughout the country.

Ontario Cerebral Palsy Fund supports independence, inclusion, choice and full integration of all persons with cerebral palsy.

Citizens with Disabilities - Ontario promotes the rights, freedoms and responsibilities of persons with disabilities through community development, social action, member support and referral. 

To call a crisis centre, Your Life Counts and the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention (CASP) have comprehensive lists of centres across Canada that are operating help lines. 

Youth Space runs online and text messaging counselling every night, from 6 p.m. to 12 a.m. PST. Services are free, but texting rates may apply.

YouthInBC.com provides youth resources on their website and an online chat service where you can chat 1-on-1 with a trained volunteer, operated by the Crisis Centre of BC.

Mental Health Services (1-866-531-2600) connects callers with mental health and addiction resources in Ontario. They can be reached by phone, email, or web chat. Their search engine has a database of relevant services and organizations in the province.

BeanBagChat allows young people (aged 16 - 29) to speak with another young peer supporter about whatever's on their mind, from the comfort of their own device. 

The Native Youth Crisis Hotline (1-877-209-1266) is available for any First Nations youth in crisis or looking for referrals.

Naseeha (1-866-627-3342) is a helpline for Muslim youth across North America, available weekday nights.

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