Open House signs for dream homes and condos are all over the city for most people who can get to them. What about if you cannot get to them? What happens when you are looking for a dream home and your sight, your hearing, your chair, your cane…prevents you from climbing those stairs or even reaching the newly renovated cabinets?
Posts Tagged ‘Disability’
By Donna Kakonge
Reviewed by Joseph Maldonado, MS
Many different types of people, for many different reasons, read memoirs about mental illness. Some may be suffering from an illness themselves and are looking for guidance or inspiration. Some may have questions as a result of their friend’s or family member’s suffering. Others may be professionals in the mental health field. Then there are those who simply find such stories interesting. Donna Kakonge’s How to Talk to Crazy People is a memoir that will appeal to all such readers. Read the rest of this entry »
By Kathy Milton-Tapley
Donna Kakonge’s new book on “How to Talk to a Crazy People” gives a rare and honest account of
mania, depression and psychosis. She depicts a revolving-door syndrome of being admitted to psychiatric hospitals, when she refuses to take her medication. Donna searches for relief from bipolar mood disorder in dreams, mediums, channelling, many boyfriends, frequently changing jobs, and travel to Uganda. Read the rest of this entry »
Please find attached the press release for the Simply People 2012 event. Whether or not your organization has decided to participate this year, we would ask for you help in forwarding the press release to all interested parties. The Simply People event on October 4th represents an important opportunity to show support for the community of people with disabilities in the Toronto area, and to increase awareness of disability issues among the general public. Simply People strives to welcome all people who support a positive view of people with disabilities.
October 04, 2011 @ 10:00AM
Markham, ON – The first new treatment in 50 years has brought increased awareness across Canada of Lupus and its impact on patients and their families. This is great news for Lupus Canada and its provincial partners as we work towards a vision of life without Lupus. Known as ‘The Disease with 1000 Faces”, lupus affects tens of thousands of Canadian men, women and children. In October, lupus patients and supporters across Canada will recognize Lupus Awareness Month as a time to reflect on what all Canadians can do to increase awareness of this under-recognized and under-funded disease. Read the rest of this entry »
Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health promotes mental illness awareness, announces recipients of Ninth Annual Champions of Mental Health Awards
September 30, 2011 @ 08:00AM
Ottawa, ON – The Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) is getting ready to kick-off Mental Illness Awareness Week 2011 on October 2rd – a week dedicated to raising awareness of the level of mental illness in Canada and reducing the stigma associated with mental health issues. Read the rest of this entry »
“Why Disability Studies?”
Wednesday, July 20th, 5:30-7:30
OISE Library, Main Floor, 252 Bloor Street West, U of T, Toronto
Above the St. George Subway Stop
Explore the significance of disability studies for our scholarly, creative and everyday lives with panel members
Free, Open, Refreshments, Accessible, ASL provided Read the rest of this entry »
by Julie Wendell
I’ve always had significant digestive problems my entire life. In fact, when I was an infant, my parents lovingly called me “diarrhea-baby”. By the time I was in kindergarten, my mom was tired of my complaining about having a stomachache every day, so she finally took me to see the doctor, who diagnosed me with lactose intolerance and completely cut out dairy from my diet. Read the rest of this entry »
by Julie Wendell
“Mommy, open this, please?”, my 3 year old son asked as he handed me a cereal bar early one morning. I tried to tear off the top of the wrapper, but my fingers would not move or grasp the wrapper! Terrified, I tried opening it again, but to no avail. I had lost all strength in both of my hands! As calmly as I could, I asked my 7 year old son to open the cereal bar for his brother. But inside, I was panicking because the weakness in my hands persisted for about an hour. What was happening to me??? Little did I know that the morning of February 10th, 2008 marked the beginning of a myriad of severely painful symptoms. My life was about to drastically change. Read the rest of this entry »
“Back in about 1993, when I was 23-years-old, started experiencing muscle spasms in my leg and it would last for about a minute,” says Stephan Bevan CEO of Adventure Capitalism. “In January I met my wife, and we have been married for about 17 and a half years.”
In January 1994, Bevan experienced the muscle spasm. It was so bad he had to lie down on the ground while shoveling the snow and he felt like he was dying and it was going on for about eight months. Read the rest of this entry »
On the dirt road children walk bare-footed and chickens are loose from their cages on the volcanic isle of St.Vincent. The silence was a distraction. Read the rest of this entry »
Written by: Jennifer Winters
Sirens, shattered glass and babies crying are all sounds that a deaf person is unlikely to ever hear. Unfortunately in today’s society ignorant people still exist and fail to acknowledge that people who are deaf are no different than anyone else. Gratefully, there is a Deaf community that is simply a group of people that share and express their concerns, language and experience. Read the rest of this entry »
Written by: Jennifer Winters
The thought of not being apart of society or not fitting in can start at such an early age and unfortunately continue through adulthood. Getting bullied, talked down, abused any one of these things probably more can develop into social awkwardness. It is quite sad how society as a whole reacts to people that social awkward. People who suffer from social awkwardness are described as “active but odd”, which is true, but since when was that a bad thing? If we were all the same would we really be satisfied? Social acceptance has become ridiculously overrated where people are so quick to judge. Read the rest of this entry »
By Paul Santos
Hundreds to gather at Nathan Phillips Square on July 20th at the 7th annual disability pride celebration in Toronto
TORONTO—To mark the 7th annual disability pride celebration in Toronto, Simply People: Celebrating Our Lives & Identities, hundreds will gather at Nathan Phillips Square on July 20th from 5:00PM to 8:00PM. This free outdoor event is open for all to attend (rain or shine). Read the rest of this entry »
HARD AND ABLE 2010, JUNE 29TH BUDDIES IN BAD TIME THEATRE
with ASL interpretation !!
After our last year’s event was a SOLD OUT success, we’re back with the
“2nd annual Hard & Able: celebrating queer disability”
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By Chris Temelkos
Plastic surgery is becoming more popular among young and old alike. We are now able to fix our imperfections to our liking and become real life Barbie’s and Ken’s. With a variety of magazines and television shows dedicated to cosmetic surgery and society’s love of celebrity, humanity is much more accepting of plastic surgery and some are even addicted to it. Read the rest of this entry »
Tuesday March 2nd 2010
Online Story 5
By Angela Rotundo
Headline: February – The month of Celebrity Suicide
As the end of the month came near, February proved to be the most depressing month of the year thus far. In the closing weeks there were three celebrity-related suicide deaths, proving that even the lifestyles of the rich and famous cannot escape the demons that come with depression. Read the rest of this entry »
OLYMPICS VS. PARALYMPICS
En retard. French. Adj. To be late or behind schedule.
Canada est en retard.
It is safe to say that North America is also en retard.
Technologically speaking we are fairly quick with posting news online. However, we are not the greatest at keeping up with the Paralympics despite them being posted and streamed live online. Read the rest of this entry »
Fiction and journalism stories about the mind is hot off the presses. You can buy for today only with a 14.92 per cent discount at: http://stores.lulu.com/kakonged. Just enter the code PINTA. Enjoy and Happy Thanksgiving!
By Rachel Muenz
It wouldn’t be surprising if the Nintendo Wii became an integral part of mental health therapies in the future.
Though Wii is mostly being used for physical rehabilitation and fitness in hospitals and nursing homes, it also seems to be gaining a place in the mental health field as well.