It can be hard navigating the world as a person with a disability, be it mental or physical, and it can be even harder to make friends. Unfortunately there is a lot of social stigma around people who look different, fortunately in the UK a company launched an ad campaign to sell chocolate and social […]
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This is a busy time of year and I have not posted much on my blog lately, but this piece posted on ‘Buzzfeed’ jumped out at me and I decided to post it. I hope Read more… . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: This Mother Spoke Up When Her Son Was The Only One Not Invite To A Birthday Party
settling for, to be satisfied with:to settle for less.I had a dream and it was to become an actor. I studied performance at university and went on to work in professional theatre as an actor, director and t… . . . → Read More: THE CAREGIVERS’ LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: ‘SETTLING FOR’ – THAT’S WHAT CAREGIVERS DO
This morning, there is a medical appointment in my diary. It’s not a specialist clinic for our son Nicholas; it’s for me. I’m going to review my spinal xrays with our GP. I’ve abused my spine by lifting Nicholas throughout his life and Natalie when she was small. Now, I have degenerative disc disease . . . → Read More: THE CAREGIVERS’ LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: Parents of Kids With Disabilities Don’t Get Sick, Right?
Resilience is a word that’s thrown around a lot these days. Everyone needs it and everyone wants it, especially people giving or receiving care. And the truth is we all need resilience the most at times of big life changes or transitions. We mine our reserves of strength and optimism when our children with disabilities . . . → Read More: THE CAREGIVERS’ LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: How To Be A Resilient Caregiver – Especially When Change Hits Hard
The 2015 Pan Am Games and Parapan Am Games were held in Toronto and the GTA this summer. Although I regard these events as a ridiculous waste of money, a very bad deal for residents of the host cities, there was one very bright upside for me: the opportunity to see some disability sports, nearby . . . → Read More: wmtc: wheelchair rugby finals, parapan am games 2015
I wrote this for an audience of adults with disabilities who want to get started using a tech tool to coordinate the help of friends and family in a circle of care. But the model works for seniors too, as well as anyone who requires some assistance to get through a life challenge. . . . → Read More: THE CAREGIVERS’ LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: WHAT IS A SUPPORT NETWORK AND WHAT WILL IT DO FOR ME?
According to the 2014 Global Age Watch Index, Norway is the best country to be a senior citizen or person with disabilities. Apart from Japan (9), all the top 10 countries are again in Western Europe, North America and Australasia. Norway shifted health care resources from hospitals to home and they have a huge financial, . . . → Read More: THE CAREGIVERS’ LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: National Community Care Insurance: What’s New in Canada
Marilynne Robinson is a great American novelist and essayist who mines contemporary society for meaning. Her themes are expansive and biblical in their proportions. This what she said in a New York Times Magazine interview recently:
“People,” Robinson said, pausing before she defined that familiar word in original terms: “Brilliant creatures, who at a very high . . . → Read More: THE CAREGIVERS’ LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: The Worth of Vulnerability
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. . . . → Read More: 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
How Can Yoga Help Dementia Patients? by Camille Leavold
Yoga is a popular form of exercise that has a variety of health benefits, which have gained attention from the general public and medical professionals alike. Benefits of yoga include improved strength, flexibility and posture, improvement in balance, a reduction in aches and pains and an . . . → Read More: THE CAREGIVERS’ LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: How Can Yoga Help Dementia Patients (and Their Caregivers)?
One of our regular Readers’ Den customers approached me with her usual long list of movies. She researches movies online, prints out lists, and comes to the desk to see what we have in our collection. Anything we have, we place on hold for her. She’s a great customer, in terms of library use. She . . . → Read More: wmtc: things i heard at the library: an occasional series: #14
Recently, I gave an interview to Kris Bone, a writer with the Puritan Magazine (a Canadian literary journal). Here’s his article about my book, “The Four Walls of My Freedom: Lessons I’ve Learned From a Life of Caregiving” (House of Anansi Press, 2014). My book is available everywhere in Canada and for pre-order in . . . → Read More: THE CAREGIVERS’ LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: An Interview With Me About Caregiving and Writing About Family Life & Ideas
This summer, I’m participating in a blog hop. The first topic of discussion is ‘My Connection to Disability’.
It was 1972 and I was seventeen. I remember it was hot and humid on the day that the loudspeaker crackled to life and called my name, telling me to go to the office immediately. I remember . . . → Read More: THE CAREGIVERS’ LIVING ROOM A Blog by Donna Thomson: Blog Challenge Week One: My Connection to Disability
It’s so hard to talk when you want to kill yourself.
That’s the first line of Ned Vizzini’s excellent 2006 youth novel, It’s Kind of a Funny Story. By the time I read the book this year, the author was already dead. Vizzini committed suicide last December; he was only 32 years old.
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Nearly every day I see stories in the media of people with disabilities being abused. (For example, the case of Ethan Saylor, the young man with Down Syndrome who was killed by police when he went to the cinema). But I normally don’t blog about them because I am not a rights activist – . . . → Read More: THE CAREGIVERS’ LIVING ROOM – A Blog by Donna Thomson: Could Gilberto Powell Have Been Your Son, Mister President?
Some friends are for life. Some friends stick with you through thick and thin. Friendship is a really, really big deal for everyone, but especially for our loved ones with disabilities or age-related vulnerability. It may be that someone with a cognitive impairment cannot carry on a conversation, let alone forge and maintain friendly . . . → Read More: THE CAREGIVERS’ LIVING ROOM – A Blog by Donna Thomson: The Meaning of Friendship
I am in the middle of reading The Fault In Our Stars by John Green, a book almost too painful to read but impossible to put down. It’s achingly funny, profoundly insightful, and utterly heartbreaking, all at the same time. The Fault In Our Stars is supposedly a youth novel, but please don’t let that . . . → Read More: wmtc: what i’m reading: the fault in our stars, a truly great novel for youth and not-youth
I was in the middle of writing a post about my plan to get back into an exercise routine… when I broke my foot. Doing almost nothing. Walking along in the mall, on my way to get my hair cut and then go to work, my ankle turned over sharply. I was horrified, thinking . . . → Read More: wmtc: wmtc rebooted
Deafness, speech and the Performance of Gender This weekend I had the privilege of participating in a conference on Disability and Ableism at Ryerson University. Let me just say first that it is an incredible feeling to be among people fluent in American Sign Language (ASL). To see them speak with gesture in silence can . . . → Read More: Melissa Fong: Deafness, speech and the Performance of Gender
Back in May, I blogged about a family in my area who faced a nightmare: social services had threated to remove their child from their home. Both parents have disabilities, and although they had proved themselves completely capable of taking care of a baby, Children’s Aid said they must hire round-the-clock assistance, or the family . . . → Read More: wmtc: follow-up memo to children’s aid: we told you so. happy christmas.