Friday, February 3, 2012

Oh My, OMOD!

"Lions & Tigers & Bears." Oh my!
Last week I wrote about the wonderful world of YDAC and mentioned their connection to OMOD. I know, all of these acronyms can be tough.
YDAC = York Durham Aphasia Centre
OMOD = Ontario March of Dimes

Once again, an organization of some truly wonderful people! This organization is a founding member of the Canadian Disability Policy Alliance. This group of people I think show the courage of a lion, the tenacity of a tiger, and the love of a big ol' bear.
Funnily enough, one of my first introductions to the Ontario March of Dimes was from an acquaintance of mine who worked for them and he ended up giving me tickets to take my mom to see the production of the stage play, "The Lion King." Though I do not recall any bears in the story, bears are part of "The Circle of Life."

Anyway, this organization offers a wealth of services from health support to employment assistance.They have Rehabilitation Workers, Employment Specialists, Outreach programs, Educational and Awareness programs. And having a spokesman like Captain Kirk, aka William Shatner, how can you dismiss the greatness!

Through my job I get to work with various Employment Service Providers at OMOD and I see the number of people they work with in trying to help individuals find employment. Not having a job can make a huge impact on a persons life, and OMOD does some great work in this area; offering a fair share of needed hope and inspiration.Then there is the more personal side of things that this organization brings to the plate.
My mom who suffered a brain injury in 2001 has a Rehabilitation Worker come in once a week to provide assistance when it comes to..... well, the basics of life. Reading, writing, shopping, baking!! (LOL!) Not only that, but she participates in various things such as holiday dances, day trips, overnight getaways, boat cruises. And it is not only my moms happiness I see, (though I pay attention to her the most) but there are so many others that are smiling because of these services and these people that offer them.

OMOD is a great service and I am so thankful for its existence! I benefit from them, my mom greatly benefits, and there are countless others who reap the rewards as well. This is my testimonial, and I hope you take my word for it, that they are a Tool of Hope. But I'm sure that I can round up a list of other affirmations if required.

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