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Ontario Government apologizes to Teresa Pocock: 4 Signs of Change

By Franke James, Teresa’s sister Vancouver, B.C., December 5, 2016 How does a Canadian with an intellectual disability fight back when their rights are violated? Four recent developments have me thinking optimistically about signs of change for Canadians with intellectual

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Dear Minister Hoskins, Please send me a letter

By Franke James My sister Teresa is stepping forward as a self-advocate. She has written a letter to Ontario’s Minister of Health and Long-Term Care, Dr. Eric Hoskins asking him to please send her a letter! “Dear Minister Hoskins, It

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A Pretty Amazing Story in Megaphone Magazine

By Franke James for Megaphone Magazine Photo of Teresa Pocock by Zack Embree “Freedom” describes Teresa Pocock’s awakening as an artist and poet in the Downtown Eastside. When she draws, she is free. There is no filter. She doesn’t second

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Book Launch: Pretty Amazing: How I Found Myself in the Downtown Eastside

“I am alive! I am reborn in Gastown!” says author and artist Teresa Pocock. Teresa is defying the “health care system” that wrongly labelled her “incapable” two years ago when she lived in Ontario. In 2016, Teresa Pocock won a

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Artist with Down syndrome written off as ‘incapable’ blooms in the Downtown Eastside

Republished under license from Postmedia CHERYL CHAN Published on: June 29, 2016 Barely three years ago, Teresa Pocock was written off as “incapable” and banished to an old-age care home to live out the rest of her life in an

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I Don’t Belong in a Nursing Home

I Don’t Belong in a Nursing Home. I have places to go. Things to do. People to meet. Please sign Teresa Pocock’s petition July 23, 2014 With the stroke of a pen, my disabled sister’s human right to decide where

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The Big Five-Oh! Happy Birthday, Teresa!

Oh Teresa, the places you’ll go! And the things you will do. The people you’ll meet. Who will cheer you and greet. Fifty years young and your life has just begun. You’re a wonderful, wonderful, wonderful one. Oh Teresa, the

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