The disability community had been anxiously waiting for a “big announcement” made by Justin Trudeau on June 5th. When we heard it, the all too familiar collective frustration and sadness overwhelmed us. Check out the replies to Minister Carla Qualtrough’s announcement tweet to see what I mean.👇 Needless to say, disabled people are upset. The…Read More Canada’s performative “disability lens” pandemic relief
As the world is starting to open back up and people are going out more and more for nonessential reasons, I have been trying to understand why I am reliving some traumatic feelings from seemingly out of nowhere. I think I figured it out today. I know when my body is in pain, and after…Read More Why am I reliving medical gaslighting right now?
Right now a lot of you are at home, off from your usual work hours, feeling these anxious feelings of needing to “get things done” and justify your time off. We remind ourselves in the disability community all the time of the fact that it is okay to be unproductive. We don’t have to spend…Read More It is okay to be unproductive.
The Emergency Response Benefit was announced today. This means most Canadian citizens will receive a $2,000 benefit per month for the next four months during this pandemic. Amazing! We are incredibly privileged to have this in Canada. I’m sure that this will calm many stresses that people have been rightfully expressing around their finances in…Read More Institutionalized Ableism and Liveable Disability Benefits
Accessibility doesn’t have to be radical. It doesn’t have to be a far reach. It can be the norm. We all have big things on our minds right now. These are uncertain times. Things continue to get more serious by the day. It feels weird to talk about anything other than the coronavirus pandemic right…Read More What new accessibility measures could mean for the disabled population.
Listen to your chronically ill friends and family right now. We are experts in this field. We know what’s up. It looks like we are headed towards many more people needing to isolate themselves at home, for an undetermined amount of time. Many of us chronically ill folks have needed to live this way for…Read More How To Emotionally Manage Your Social Isolation
I started a hashtag on twitter yesterday. There were many of us sharing stories. I was talking about how it feels as a disabled person to see so many accommodations being made to the public in response to coronavirus, when a lot of those same accommodations “could not” be made in the past despite the…Read More What is #AccessibilityForAbleds and why does it matter?
What makes a disability “invisible”? It is as straightforward as it sounds – if you can’t actually notice someone’s disability right away, it is invisible. Many chronic pain patients are considered to have invisible disabilities. Unless you have something signalling to the outside world that you have a disability, like a guide dog or hearing…Read More What makes a disability “invisible”?
The audacity to think that anyone could ever really understand how to cope with CRPS! The only thing that is for certain is that this disease a different experience for everyone who has it. Our common ground, however, is that we have to keep coping. We have to get better at it. So we may…Read More Coping with CRPS