THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: Ableism, Community Living and the Myth of Independence

Recently, I’ve seen a trend that worries me. Social media disability support groups are commonly hosting conversation in which independence is trumpeted as an aspiration and fundamental element of human worth.   Independence is the necessary ingredient to The disability movement has always been fractured.  There are parents who seek safety and security in segregated settings, ...

THE CAREGIVERS' LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: A Dream Come True: How One Community is Supporting its Citizens with Disabilities from Cradle to Grave

Until very recently, I have never met a parent of a child with disabilities who didn’t worry about the future.  “What will happen to my child after I die?  Where will my child live? Who will love my child and keep him safe?”  These are the anxieties that make restful sleep impossible for ageing parents. ...

Facing Autism in New Brunswick: NB’ers with Severe Autism Disorders Are Not Included in New Brunswick’s "Inclusive Community"

New Brunswick’s “inclusive” “community living” model is not a bridge to a better life for adults with autism disorders.  There are huge gaps in the model.  Group home staff are not autism trained and are not professionally supervised.  Those who don’ fit in, including those with severe autism disorders are excluded, banished to live in ...

Eh Types: Group Homes Are People’s Homes

I could write about how Doug Ford’s comments on a group home showed he was ignorant, selfish, and a shameless liar. I might as well write water is wet. Doug’s comments were despicable and the worst kind of populist fear mongering. In other words, exactly what you would expect to hear from him. I don’t ...

The Canadian Progressive: In B.C., more than 200 community living workers go on strike today

More than 200 community living workers in the Kootenays and Salmon Arm to go on strike starting on Thursday, January 31.  by CUPE British Columbia | Jan. 30, 2013: VANCOUVER, B.C. – Community Living workers who support people with developmental disabilities at agencies in Trail, Castlegar, Creston, and Salmon Arm will be on strike on Thursday, January 31. ...