It is highly hypocritical of the Liberal government to promote working towards an end to bullying today, on Pink Shirt Day, while systematically bullying and oppressing people with disabilities. Cancelling the $45 annual bus pass cost and forcing people who live under the poverty line to pay $669 annually ($52 per month plus $45 administration… Read More »
Christmas can be a wonderful time of celebration, but it can also be a time of stress, depression and grief. Here are some tips to help with the holidays: Know that you are not alone. While much of what we hear and see about Christmas is joy, happiness and love, there are many who… Read More »
I am currently experiencing higher than usual pain levels, and am unable to keep up the blog. I hope to return to writing regular blogs in December.
As a patient I feel extremely vulnerable going to a doctor. In the outside world I am told verbally, and by way of silent societal pressures, that I should not talk about my chronic pain and health issues, and yet as soon as I enter a doctor’s office I am expected to lay myself bare… Read More »
I apologize for not posting for the past couple of months, this blog is still active, but I am taking a forced break as I deal with a chronic pain flare that doesn’t seem to want to end. I hope to have new posts again starting in April. Thank you for your understanding and patience.
Humor is mankind’s greatest blessing. – Mark Twain As a person with a disability I could have lost my sanity a long time ago, if not for my sense of humour. Experiencing inaccessibility on a daily basis is a constant frustration, but every now and again I see an example of an epic fail in… Read More »
Parking: 1. If you do not have a parking decal for the parking space do NOT park in spaces marked with the International Symbol of Accessibility (as shown in photograph). Even if you think you are only stopping for a few minutes do not stop there unless you have the decal. These spaces are… Read More »
Words matter. Words label. Words explain. Words create perception and misperception. Words can hurt. Words can limit. Words can lift. And words can convey powerful messages. Within the disability world there has been a shift towards “people first” language, whereby the person comes first and the disability comes second. This change in language is important… Read More »
Recently I saw a post on Facebook of a link to a news item. The piece was about a woman who “defies odds, learns to walk again after spinal cord injury”. The piece explains that she did so through “faith and fortitude” making “a liar” of doctors. As a person who lives with a disability,… Read More »
Like many Value Village customers, I was quite excited at the prospect of visiting their brand new location, a 30,000 square foot store in Queensborough, New Westminster. Upon my arrival I was utterly dismayed to pull into the brand new parking lot and see that Value Village has zero accessible parking spaces. I was shocked… Read More »