Five major barriers to basic mental health care

Trigger warning: the following includes discussion of health care professionals, depression, anxiety and mood disorders in general. It's June of the year I turned 23. I have just moved across the country, from Ottawa to Vancouver, and into my mother's house, because I am too sick to work and can't afford to pay my rent. The … Continue reading Five major barriers to basic mental health care

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On the ableism of the holidays

I probably don't have to tell you that the holidays are out of hand. We know they are out of hand. Every year we acknowledge it, we complain about malls and music and all the crap we buy and receive, and yet we still participate in it. I constantly hear people talking about about how exhausting … Continue reading On the ableism of the holidays

The University of Ottawa yoga controversy: a disabled person’s response

The recent wave of media coverage of the cancellation of a yoga class at the University of Ottawa is a perfect illustration of everything that is wrong with mainstream media. Some context: sometime last week, the Centre for Students with Disabilities (CSD), a service of the Student Federation of the University of Ottawa (SFUO), put its free yoga … Continue reading The University of Ottawa yoga controversy: a disabled person’s response

When talking about disability makes us uncomfortable

People get uncomfortable when I mention that I have a disability. Not everyone, but a lot of people. People are totally fine with casually discussing the idea of disability rights and barriers that people face — in theory. But as soon as it's a personal issue, things get weird. Invisible disabilities are a funny thing. When … Continue reading When talking about disability makes us uncomfortable

Liberal feminist independence and my struggle against internalized ableism

As a disabled person, I have often trouble letting people do things for me. It's a part of my internalized ableism. The things I need are always changing. When my anxiety is bad, I'll ask a friend to come hang out just because I need not to be alone. Sometimes I need someone to make … Continue reading Liberal feminist independence and my struggle against internalized ableism