Disability Support in Canada – Learn more on June 16th, 2017

FREE Educational Event/Webinar on CPP-D, Provincial disability and private insurance

 Sponsored by the National ME/FM Action Network mefmaction.com

  • Webcast by Mike Finch of Self Connection Books
  • Moderated by Dr. Ellie Stein, Calgary physician
  • All interested in learning about disability supports welcome (not illness specific)
Date: Friday June 16th 2017 at 1 – 4:30 pm Mountain Daylight Time
Location: Cardel Theatre – 180 Quarry Park Blvd S.E. Calgary, AB
To register for this free event go to: www.selfconnection.ca/stein

This event will be recorded and will be freely available on the website of the ME/FM Action Network after the event.

If you want to pose questions to the speakers you must attend either in person in Calgary or by web on June 16th.

Click here for a pdf notice.  Please forward  to anyone who may be interested to attend.

If you have a question for one of the speakers please forward them to me well before the date so that I can forward  to the speaker in question.   http://eleanorsteinmd.ca//downloads/2279/

Speakers: All of the speakers are volunteering their time to participate in this educational forum.
We are very thankful to them for the opportunity to learn more about applying for and appealing disability supports.

CPP-D: Kris Johnson (speaking by web from Ottawa)

Kris is the Director General of the CPP-Disability Directorate within Employment and Social Development Canada https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/programs/disability/benefits.html

AISH: Dale Beesely (speaking by web from Edmonton)

Dale is the Statutory Director for the AISH program and Acting Executive Director of Financial Supports within the newly created Alberta Ministry of Community and Social Services. https://www.alberta.ca/aish.aspx

Do I Have a Case? James Ludwar (in person)

James Ludwar is a benefits and disability lawyer in Calgary who serves Alberta and Saskatchewan. James founded Ludwar Law in 2012 and has represented many individuals with ME/CFS and FM. http://www.yourdisabilitylawyer.ca/lawyer

Employment and Disability: Hugh Scher (speaking by web from Toronto)

Hugh has extensive experience in employment, human rights and disability insurance matters.  He has been involved in some of the most important disability decisions for ME/CFS in Canada. His firm, Scher Law, has offices in Toronto and Ottawa.  http://www.lostjobs.ca/

Patient Advocate: John Wodak (by web from Edmonton)

Over the past 20+ years John has has provided advice and/or assistance to more than 700 individuals applying for CPP-D and/or AISH.  He is a co-author of a Guide to CPP-D applications and appeals, available for downloading on the National ME/FM Action Network’s website. www.mefmaction.com

February 9th 2014 Sleep Talks posted on YouTube

February 9th, 2014 was a wonderful, informative afternoon on sleep from three experts in different disciplines.

Calgary photographer and videographer Neil Speers videotaped the event and created three videos, one for each speaker. 

Please check out Neil’s website and if you like the videos send him a thank you. He volunteered his time ! http://www.albertaportrait.com/

Maureen McQuarrie, the editor of my manual sent me a wonderful summary of the three talks.  Sleep presentations feb 2014 Click here to read Maureen’s summary.

Click here to access all three talks. They are posted on YouTube.

Dr. Diana Monea is an Optometrist graduating from University of Waterloo in 1978. She manages, owns and actively works in 3 optometric practices in 2 provinces, Saskatchewan and Alberta. She consults as an independent consultant with legal firms and the Associations of Optometrists in Canada. She has been a member of the E- team since it’s origin. Dr. Monea talked about the impact of blue light on eye health and sleep. Her webpage is: http://www.eyehealthcentres.ca/calgary/eye-doctors/diana-monea.html

Click here to take a closer look at Dr. Monea’s slides.

Click here to view Dr. Monea’s presentation.  

Dr. Jerome Alonso MD is a certified sleep physician having trained at the world renowned sleep clinic at Stanford University. He is the owner/operator of Canadian Sleep Institute located across from the Foothills Medical Centre. He talked about: 1. The sleep changes he has seen in patients with ME/CFS and FM 2. When someone should consider getting a sleep study and 3. Strategies to improve sleep.

Click here to take a closer look at Dr. Alonso’s slides. He didn’t include all of his slides in this power point.

Click here to view Dr. Alonso’s presentation.

Dr. Chris Carruthers PhD, with Alberta Health Services – Knowledge Management, also offers health consulting services for those with cancer and other chronic illnesses. She has clearly seen that changing unhealthy sleep patterns can help resolve so many common symptoms you may experience. She is completely recovered from 7 years of ME/CFS, and her workbook, “Sleep Well Tonight” outlines three simple steps that can help you sleep better quickly. Dr. Carruthers shared her holistic approach to healing and gave a lot of hope to those attending. Dr. Carruther’s website is: http://www.chriscarruthers.com/

Click here to view Dr. Carruthers’ presentation.