George, 22, Undiagnosed Neuromuscular Disorder

Name: George Alevizos

Age: 22

Disability: Undiagnosed Neuromuscular Disorder of the Lower Limbs

I had the privilege of interviewing George Alevizos, a thriving 22-year-old actor living in Toronto, Ontario. Despite being in a wheelchair, George has premiered in TV series Star Trek: Discovery and has done advertisements for companies like Hallmark, CIBC and Scotiabank.


Interviews in Alternative Formats

Hello readers,

Recently, I received a request to post my interviews in an alternative format, such as an audio file that people with visual impairments or reading difficulties can access. I’ve been considering the idea of posting recordings of my interviews, but it’s entirely up to the people I interview. Some people may prefer that their voice recording is not on the internet. Nevertheless, expect to see some form of alternative interview format in the near future.

All the best,

Adam Retsinas

Maggie, 34, Spina Bifida Occulta

Name: Maggie Lyons-MacFarlane

Age: 34

Disability: Spina bifida occulta

Maggie from Fredericton, New Brunswick is the epitome of what it means to overcome a toxic environment. She didn’t listen to them. She did what she knew she could do. I’m so proud of her. Please keep on reading to hear her powerful story.


Donate now to support NEADS’ 2019/2020 National Scholarship Programs for Students with Disabilities

The National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS), NEADS National Student Awards Program is the only cross-disability pan-Canadian awards program that is open to students with disabilities at all levels of post-secondary education, regardless of field of study. The NEADS National Student Awards ($3,000 tuition awards), the NEADS Holly Bartlett Memorial Award ($1,000 tuition award), and the NEADS Christine Nieder Memorial Award ($1,000 tuition award) recognize outstanding Canadian college and university students with disabilities for their academic and community achievements, and their potential to succeed in their chosen career.

Over the past 12 years, the programs have awarded 87, $3,000 awards and 19, $1,000 tuition scholarships to deserving students with disabilities. The goal of our current fundraising campaign is to raise $6,000 to support two $3,000 NEADS Student Awards for our 2019/2020 program. All donations will go directly to the awards recipients. Any level of individual or corporate donation/sponsorship can make a difference.

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Shane, 21, Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome

Name: Shane Somani

Age: 21

Disability: Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS)

I was fortunate enough to meet Shane Somani from Edmonton, Alberta who lives with chronic pain from his condition called Ehlers-Danlos syndromes (EDS). Hearing Shane radiate positivity despite his condition can really put things into perspective. If you’re interested, keep reading!


Brady, 25, Neonatal Stroke

Name: Brady Kroeker

Age: 25

Disability: Neonatal stroke

I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Brady Koeker from North Battleford, Saskatchewan. He spoke about his optimism and perseverance: to look on the positive side of things and fight for what’s important. I hope you enjoy hearing his perspective as much as I enjoyed it.


Alan, 24, Aniridia

Name: Alan Bridgeman

Age: 24

Disability: Aniridia

I really enjoyed the interview I had with Alan from Winnipeg, Manitoba. I hope that you find his perspective as refreshing as I do.