Medically-assisted suicide is being used to discard expensive and inconvenient disabled people that our society doesn't value.
It makes sense for the term "emotional labour" to include more than paid work.
When I was in my late teens, I went into a research frenzy about my learning disability diagnosis. I was diagnosed with Nonverbal Learning Disorder (NLD or NVLD) at 13, but for a long time, all I knew about it was about my own specific learning needs. As a university student I gained a renewed … Continue reading The parents and the brain scans: why learning disabled adults worry about eugenics
For months I've been struggling with how to write about what I've learned about healing from depression and anxiety.
It's not that I can't explain it. I'm just not sure I can write about it in a way that would be of any use to anyone else.
First off, I have to say, thank you to everyone who has followed this blog faithfully since I started it in 2015. You mean so much to me. But further to that, you may have noticed I haven't been posting as frequently lately. This is for a couple reasons: first, because I'm working on a … Continue reading An update on the state of this blog
Suicide hotlines are set up to do one thing, and one thing only: to get people through the moment. To provide them with someone to talk to when nobody else is available, until the moment of crisis has passed.
Narratives of disability that focus only on employment end up doing harm to the marginalized
Boundaries are important. Both in the personal lives of the women I know, and in the life of community organizing, I've been hearing a lot of conversations recently about the importance of having them, setting them, and respecting them. But how do we do that? What does it look like to have boundaries? In an … Continue reading Four things I learned about boundaries in 2017
Trigger warning: this story contains discussion of eugenics and violence against disabled people. Last year, a doctor at Labrador-Grenfell Health in St. Anthony, N.L. told Sheila Elson that her 25-year-old daughter Candice Lewis was dying, and offered to kill Lewis using Canada's assisted dying laws. Elson immediately said no and is now complaining about the … Continue reading Let’s talk about the fact that a doctor recommended murdering a patient
Until now, kindergarten to grade 3 classrooms in Manitoba, where I live, have been limited to 20 students each. Yesterday the provincial government announced they would remove the cap, and allow individual school boards to decide for themselves what is an acceptable classroom size. This isn't the first time this has become an issue in Canada. … Continue reading Larger class sizes hit kids with learning disabilities where it hurts