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Yvonne Blomer

Yvonne Blomer is a Victoria writer and the past Poet Laureate of Victoria. Her most recent books are Sugar Ride: Cycling from Hanoi to Kuala Lumpur and Refugium: Poems for the Pacific.

Special Needs Families & the Pandemic

“The pandemic is taking a brutal toll on children and youth with special needs and their families,” according to a new report by BC’s...

Surviving Medical Appointments with Special Needs Kids

Colwyn, his dad and I run to the elevators and race to the second floor to Medical Imaging. Colwyn has an early x-ray booked,...

The Wide World of Adaptive Sports

Skating Snowshoeing & Skiing Take one small, barely walking, three-year-old son. Do not fret that he has low muscle tone, he is a keener in...

The Importance of Inclusivity

We are a month back into the school year and perhaps already used to early mornings and packing lunches. New kids and new teachers...

10 Tips for Travelling with Special Needs Kids

Colwyn signs “airplane” and says “Mexico.”I say, “Oh nope, we are going on a road trip this summer or camping.” In my head I curse...


The person I have in mind when mulling over inclusion is my 12-year-old son who has a rare-genetic disorder called Prader-Willi Syndrome and Autism...

Literacy & Special Needs Kids

Saturday morning is coffee, cookies and books in bed time.This is known throughout the Blomer-Gadd clan. When the cousins visit, even though they are...

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