A row of colourful drinking straws

Drinking Straws: A necessary evil for some

I recently read this article about restaurants banning drinking straws in the Toronto Metro. This was quickly followed by another article that points out the necessity of straws for some people with disabilities. Since I am disabled and require straws in order to drink, I thought I would look at some options. Plastic Drinking Straws…
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August 14, 2017 0
Parker the pug and I sitting in the park

August Is SMA Awareness Month

I haven’t written a blog post in a while, so what better time than now? August is SMA awareness month and I have decided to start writing again. I wrote a post several years ago about my personal experience with SMA. A lot of good news has happened for families affected by SMA since then,…
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August 7, 2017 0

A Modern Web Designer’s Workflow

Today, web designers need to work across loads of devices of varying shapes and sizes. They need to be fast and easy to use. As a designer, you need to be able to communicate and share code across a team. You need to be familiar with lots of different technologies. This useful video from Chris…
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November 6, 2013 0

Simple PHP Menus

During my Android programming course at BCIT I recently learned about the DRY (Don’t Repeat Yourself) principle. Oddly enough, this principle was coined by another Dave Thomas! The concept behind the DRY principal is that you should never repeat code. In coding websites, many times the menu bar or navigation is copied between the HTML…
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October 17, 2013 0

Adding Sharing Buttons

While hand-coding another site, I wanted to add some share buttons for each blog post I wrote. I could have done this the easy way and used a service like AddToAny, AddThis, or ShareThis. All of these are great services, but I wanted complete control over the buttons and I wanted to learn how to…
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September 12, 2013 0

Six Great Bootstrap Helper Widgets

As a web developer who is just starting out, I’m a big fan of Twitter Bootstrap. Once you have a good understanding of HTML, CSS and JavaScript, Bootstrap allows you to quickly and easily create websites and web applications.¬†Bootstrap comes with its own set of JS-enabled widgets like carousels and modals, but sometimes you find…
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September 11, 2013 0

This Is Spinal Muscular Atrophy

I just heard about the SMA Blog Party on the Gwendolyn Strong Foundation website. I read many of the touching stories of families affected by SMA and wanted to write from my own perspective as someone who was born with SMA and is now living with it as an adult. Since Muscular Atrophy primarily affects…
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September 23, 2012 0

Can Cell Phones Be Accessible?

I recently learned of a campaign by the Neil Squire Society to petition the CRTC to get Canadian cell phone providers like Rogers, Bell and Telus to provide at least 1 handset that will meet the needs of people with disabilities. If you would like to know more about this campaign, you can find it…
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September 14, 2010 0

Welcome To My World

Welcome to my personal website and blog. I am a self-professed geek who loves technology. Oh yeah, I also happen to be living with a disability.

April 27, 2010 0