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Living Outside The Lines Organization was established in February of 2018 to support children living with extraordinary needs; specifically with the many financial barriers that exist, preventing these children from obtaining much needed equipment and resources. We need your help to eliminate these barriers, so families can provide their children with equipment and resources they need, to live a fully inclusive and accessible lifestyle. 

My name is Robin Gushue, founder and president of Living Outside The Lines.  For the last number of years I have shared our family’s experiences and our daughter’s story of living with Cerebral Palsy, Epilepsy and Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease,  through my blog, Living Outside The Lines. Originally I began writing as a way to connect with other families, but it blossomed into an opportunity to educate and advocate for inclusion, equality, accessibility and awareness. Today I am a passionate advocate and Founder of this amazing not-for-profit.

I am proud to share that I have had the privilege of speaking at the Nova Scotia Legislature regarding the Accessibility Act, been  a guest speaker on CBC Radio One regarding accessible beaches, advocated for World Cerebral Palsy Day to be proclaimed in the city of Halifax, and I have been honored to have various articles published throughout local newspapers and Canadian Family.ca.  

 

“As a mother to a disabled child, I would hope that Bill No. 59 will drastically raise the accessibility standard, by addressing and eliminating barriers like the lack of fully accessible restrooms in public venues and implementing more parks that are fully accessible for kids like Olivia. Hopefully, it will guide our community towards social equality and obtaining a fully inclusive society.”

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Testimony from a local family that benefitted from your support:

“I struggle often to adequately articulate gratitude, unable to convey impact.  Recently combined perils of Cerebral Palsy and depression and anxiety have created a long and challenging 4 years of crisis for our family.  

While juggling appointments and managing challenging behaviours, sadly it isn’t often that I manage to make it to work.  This makes it exceedingly more difficult to provide things for Mikhail to improve his quality of life.  We always hope that maximizing his mobility and opportunities will light the spark to return hope to his life.  

Thanks is a small word in these instances, yet that’s the best I have to offer. Please know our families gratitude runs deep.”