Why labels, and getting the right labels, are important for some disabled people

I’ve always wondered what life would have been like if I had been raised as Deaf rather than mainstreamed with occasional accommodations for my “hearing loss” that were often more an afterthought than an actual accommodation. More recently, as I’ve Continue reading Why labels, and getting the right labels, are important for some disabled people

Is everything possible or are there realistic limitations?

I participated in an interesting conversation today about whether or not everything really is possible, or if we would do better to accept our limitations. The original point being made is that while we tend to blame others for our Continue reading Is everything possible or are there realistic limitations?

When is disability accommodation not accommodation?

In Ontario under Human Rights legislation, and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA), I can’t be discriminated against due to my disabilities. However, there is this wonderful phrase ‘undue hardship’ that comes into play when requesting disability accommodation. Continue reading When is disability accommodation not accommodation?

Sometimes my reality doesn’t seem to have any correlation with others.

Over the years I have learned patience but unfortunately I still don’t suffer fools gladly. When spending all day, every day, for months fighting to simply physically survive my patience is often very thin when dealing with others that seem, Continue reading Sometimes my reality doesn’t seem to have any correlation with others.

When will mental health professionals stop stereotyping people with mental health issues?

I fought my mental health issues on my own for over 40 years. During that time there were periods where I recognised that I was depressed but there was always a cause and so I didn’t recognise it as clinical Continue reading When will mental health professionals stop stereotyping people with mental health issues?

Living on no income…

So six months ago I was signed off work on medical leave, after trying to cope for several weeks previously. Little did I know then that I’d still be sick now. So this week, I’ve experienced something that I never Continue reading Living on no income…

Taking a break from Facebook…

So once again today I tried to educate somebody about the offensiveness of their taking a 4 month old puppy everywhere with them, including restaurants, and calling it a Service Dog in Training. The law is very clear on this Continue reading Taking a break from Facebook…