Tetra Society Ottawa Chapter

Tetra Society Ottawa Chapter The purpose of the Tetra Society of North America is to create customized assistive devices to enhance life for persons with physical disabilities.

Using the skills of volunteers to create unique assistive devices for persons with disabilities

Many assistive devices created over the years.

Many assistive devices created over the years.

This week's #TetraTuesday post takes us way back in the archives to 1999!

Tetra was contacted by a client living with ALS who needed equipment that supported her ability to eat independently.

The volunteer assigned to her challenge devised what they called an ""Eating Machine"". It consisted of a spoon-holder and arm support and was also able to turn 45 degrees, ensuring the client could continue to independently feed herself.

To see more of the devices built by Tetra volunteers across the country, make sure to visit: https://tetrasociety.org/soluti

Photos from TetraGear's post

Photos from TetraGear's post

Close to last chance to consider and share. Thanks.

Close to last chance to consider and share. Thanks.


The Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games officially kicked off on Tuesday, with Para judoka Priscilla Gagné (Sarnia, ON) carrying the flag for Canada at the Opening Ceremony. The focus now turns to competition, August 25.

Les Jeux paralympiques de 2020 à Tokyo se sont officiellement ouverts mardi avec la cérémonie d’ouverture, et la parajudoka Priscilla Gagné (Sarnia, Ont.) était la porte-drapeau du Canada. L’heure est maintenant à la compétition et des athlètes canadiens seront en action dans six disciplines le mercredi 25 août.

📷 Canadian Paralympic Team


Adaptability has quickly become one of our core strengths here at the Disability Foundation and our affiliated societies.

Amidst the pandemic, Tetra Society of North America and Adaptive Sailing Association of British Columbia - ASABC have embodied our mission and implemented methods to interact with clients across the country and integrate robust health and safety procedures. In 2020, we helped re-imagine what is possible for Carter, a young boy in Newfoundland, through remote assistance and kept all our ASABC clients safe at the Jericho Sailing Center with zero COVID-19 transmissions.

Continue reading about the amazing feats our team accomplished in 2020 in our Summer 2021 Discover newsletter: https://bit.ly/3eaaUQS

Creative solution for the problem with broad potential application.
Innovative, prosperous and inclusive

Creative solution for the problem with broad potential application.

A group of mechanical engineering students is a winner in the 2021 Innovative Designs for Accessibility (IDeA) competition.


A gap in communication, information and research became apparent during the pandemic as people with disabilities struggled to initiate change and access resources within our society.

This prompted us to partner with a variety of organizations to research and innovate solutions for some of the barriers our community has brought to light. In 2020, we launched two major projects: The Market Research Panel and the Youth Leadership Initiative.

With these initiatives, “our aim is to help ensure people with disabilities have a voice to inform policies and practices that are needed for a truly inclusive and accessible society,” says Ruby Ng, former Executive Director.

Learn more about how the Disability Foundation is breaking down barriers in our Summer 2021 Discover newsletter: https://bit.ly/3eaaUQS


The latest edition of Gizmo is hot off the presses!

Read about this year's TetraNation competition, meet our new chapter coordinator in Saskatoon, and get to know some of our volunteers from around the country!

Read the new edition here: https://tetrasociety.org/gizmo/

Thank you

Thank you

As we strive to support more people with disabilities across Canada, we are so grateful for the support we've received from the TELUS @FriendlyFutureFoundation! Their support helps us envision a world where people with physical disabilities feel empowered and inspired to re-imagine what’s possible: greater independence, quality of life, and inclusion.

Photos from Tetra Society of North America - Atlantic's post

Photos from Tetra Society of North America - Atlantic's post


Join us in welcoming David Fong as our Interim Executive Director! David has more than 30 years of experience in IT and operations and has been the Director of Operations for the Disability Foundation and affiliated Societies for the past four years. He has been an integral part of the management team during this time, and we are grateful that he is taking on the role.

This comes after the recent announcement that after leading our network of 7 organizations for the past four years, our current Executive Director, Ruby Ng, will be taking on the role as CEO at the Canadian Mental Health Association - Vancouver Fraser.

During Ruby's time at the Foundation, she led organizational development and culture building that resulted in enhanced programs and increased participation and engagement in our programs and the broader community. Thank you, Ruby, for your service to our community.


Good work.

Timeline Photos

Timeline Photos

Three individuals have been recognized with the David C. Onley Award for Leadership in Accessibility.

The award recognizes people that champion accessibility, raise awareness about the benefits of inclusion, and foster positive change in their communities.

The award is named after Ontario’s 28th Lieutenant Governor (2007 – 2014) and the first with a physical disability, the Hon. David C. Onley.

Learn more: https://news.ontario.ca/en/release/1000222/ontario-recognizes-exceptional-individuals-and-champions-of-accessibility

#AccessibilityMatters #inclusion #openforall

Ontario Government | Ontario Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries | Abilities Centre | Spark Ontario | Access 2 Accessibility | Ontario Ministry of Education | Ontario Community and Social Services | David C. Onley | LG Elizabeth Dowdeswell | Regent Park School of Music

Accessibility options are important.

Accessibility options are important.

You have a beautiful 3-story home that you’ve worked so hard for. Your kids are growing up here. Your memories are already in the walls.

Our client’s life changed and they could no longer use the stairs, and did not want to move their bed into the living room. This elevator opens into the garage (access on both sides) and then on each level of our client’s beautiful home. You CAN stay in the home you love - we can help. 💕

Moving to more autonomy for transportation.

Moving to more autonomy for transportation.

This is great news; a big step towards helping with autonomy and one less barrier for many. Link directory for the news story and details https://linktr.ee/OFP4Me

Also be sure to check the official OC Transpo page for any questions.

Timeline Photos

Timeline Photos

Register for free today! Come join Steve for his first presentation of three on Tech Cafe.


Photos from BuildAble's post

Photos from BuildAble's post


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Solutions - Tetra Society of North America
Solutions - Tetra Society of North America

Solutions - Tetra Society of North America

Tetra Society of North America builds innovative solutions for people with physical disabilities to overcome environmental barriers.


Here's the #ConnecTogether programming calendar for May! In this action-packed month, you can learn about the importance of writing a Will, sustainable Spring planting, and even learn about all the smart home technologies that can make your life more independent.

Registration links below:
*Weekly Series*

TUE - Navigating Transitions http://ow.ly/wTzd50EdFd7

WED - Chair Yoga http://ow.ly/JNQ450EdFfR

THU - Adaptive Fitness http://ow.ly/uf0t50EdFj1

*Webinars & Workshops*

May 3 – Wills & Estates with FSGV: https://bit.ly/32XdpQr

May 7 - Horticultural Therapy: https://bit.ly/3vsAFlj

May 7 - TetraNation Winners: Facebook

May 10 – Let's Play & BCWBS: https://bit.ly/3xA1Lcb

May 14 - Sustainable Spring Planting: https://bit.ly/3gPahyc

May 17 – Outdoors with BCMOS: https://bit.ly/3nvqPwv

May 21 - Accessible Community Forum: Built Environment

May 28 - New View Society: https://bit.ly/3xytdHb

May 31 - Smart Home Tour: https://bit.ly/3vxzykj

All #ConnecTogether events are available at connectra.org/events!


Happy #TetraTuesday! A huge round of applause to everyone who submitted a video to this year's #TetraNation and our heartfelt thanks to everyone that cast a vote for their favourite project(s)!

We have videos from coast to coast and received more submissions than ever before! It has been so inspiring to see the ingenious solutions Tetra volunteers created across the country 🍁

Stay tuned for more information on this year's winning TetraNation videos. A recap of this year's competition is happening as part of @Connectra's #ConnecTogether on May 7. Come and join us at 12pm PDT! We'll share the link to register in the coming days!

2021 Submissions - TetraNation
2021 Submissions - TetraNation

2021 Submissions - TetraNation

We are TetraNation – a volunteer-led community of technically-minded people who invent mobility solutions for people with disabilities.

Thanks to our Ottawa Tetra volunteers!

Thanks to our Ottawa Tetra volunteers!


Day 1 of #ENABLEOttawa will explore the relationship between design and disability, showcasing some of the current and emerging technologies that help advance #accessibility for all.

Day 2 will explore some of the organizations, programming, and services that adapt the spaces where people live, create, and imagine through the arts and culture.

Day 3 of will explore #accessibility innovations in education and the workplace in the virtual world, which support essential functions such as teaching, job function, communication and organization.

Registration now open! http://enableottawa.ca

Be sure and have this on your calendar to learn of these innovations and their application to meet needs.

Be sure and have this on your calendar to learn of these innovations and their application to meet needs.

ENABLE Ottawa 2021, titled 'Innovations in Assistive and Adaptive Technologies', is scheduled for June 1 - 3! Be sure to visit http://enableottawa.ca to stay tuned for registration info, as well as the recordings from last year's sessions!


Are you optimistic about finding your dream job after your graduation?

Uncertainty about future careers can be very stressful. The ConnecTra Society and the Youth Leadership Initiative team from the Disability Foundation are here to listen and support!

Meet and chat with the #YLI team and other young job-seekers. If you are someone between the age of 17 and 24, bring your coffee and join us for the #ConnecTogether virtual Coffee Chat: Let’s Talk about Employment on Tuesday, March 16 at 2:30 pm PST.

➡️ Share your employment experience.
➡️ Hear what the Disability Foundation and ConnecTra are doing on promoting workplace inclusion
➡️ Support your peers in this job-seeking journey, and
➡️ Meet new people!

Register: http://ow.ly/iVHK50DK5iu



We love to hear about how Tetra impacts the people we support. Ron Reddam, a client from Ontario, had some incredibly kind and heartwarming things to say about Tetra and in particular Sylvia Baliko, our Regional Coordinator in Ontario and Quebec.

Those of us who've been around Sylvia know how much she cares about our clients. Sylvia saw how much people were struggling in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic and wanted to do something to help, arranging for grocery cards for Tetra clients and volunteers.

Here is Ron's message in its entirety:

Dear Ruby and David,
Just wanted to say thank-you for everything that Sylvia has done for me through Tetra. She has always been responsive either by e-mail, or on Facebook. tetra helped me realize my goal of being able to go fishing again with a fishing rod holder (like a flagpole holder in a marching band) and throughout the pandemic with gift cards. During these difficult times extra costs such as delivery costs, fees eat into our (disabled budget).

Through the use of the gift cards I was able to have a normal Xmas meal and be able to get some personal items that allowed me to leave the house even for a short walk for exercise during these days of covid isolation. Sylvia has been always there for me even in the darkest moments. Her spirit of help is a role model that encourages me to continue volunteering for peer support to other stroke survivors. It may not be much but the $25.00 gift card goes a long way to someone who does not have much.

Please support her and Tetra any way you can as she/they do/does so for me. Sometimes just saying thank-you is a good way to start. Whoever funds you please let them know what a difference it can make and how the effects multiply throughout the disability world to help others. With Easter coming it would be nice to have be a little bit normal in my life again. There is not much help out there for a former scientist, 60 years old in a expensive isolated city with a son in university.

My highest regards and with a warm heart, I say thank-you again,
Ron Reddam


Thank you Sylvia for your dedication and commitment to Tetra, and thank you Ron for your kind words!


In celebration of #InternationalWomensDay, we want to recognize the amazing women in our network of disability organizations.

Board members such as:
Maureen DeLandreville (The Disability Foundation)
Linda McGowan (British Columbia Mobility Opportunities Society (BCMOS)
Gaile Lacy (ConnecTra)
Catherine Pope (ConnecTra)
Renuka Senaratne (Disabled Sailing Association (DSA)
Michelle Amerie (Tetra Society of North America)
Alexis Chicoine (Tetra Society of North America)
Kristina Shelden (Vancouver Adapted Music Society (VAMS)

These incredible women work with their fellow governance Board members to help ensure programs to support and enhance independence and quality of life for people with disabilities continue to evolve with the community's needs.

Thank you for your time, energy, dedication, and leadership!

#IDW2021 #ChooseToChallenge

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Microsoft Disability Scholarship

A good opportunity.

The Microsoft Disability Scholarship will be awarded to promising high school seniors with disabilities who plan to attend a vocational or academic college and target a career in the technology industry.


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The Tetra Society is celebrating 30 years of helping people with disabilities to overcome barriers with volunteer-built devices. To kick off our 30th with a big thank-you to our incredibly talented volunteers, we have launched TetraNation: an online video campaign to showcase and celebrate these inventions in action, demonstrating how devices uniquely solve a physical challenge. Check out videos and vote on the one you like best. It’s live now at