As the start of a new school year approaches, I feel the need to comment on education as it affects students with disabilities. I have a lot of mixed feelings about Special Education, both as a student who went through the system and now as a certified teacher.
I am only speaking from my own perspective. With that, in no particular order…
10. The effort that goes into the simplest things: How long does it take able-bodied people to get themselves out the door in the morning? Way less time than it takes me, I know that much.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer aired from 1997-2003. The show is known and praised for many things: its seamless blending of every genre imaginable (its sci-fi, it has action, drama, horror, romance and comedy) and its portrayal of strong females and its inventive use of language. The show's dialogue still sounds fresh today, twelve years after the final season aired.
Everyone wants love and companionship. This is an extremely sensitive topic, one that I struggle with constantly. Some people may take issue with my views on this subject. I am not aiming to convince others how to think. Mine is just one experience, one perspective.
For the first time, I get to be more than a guest. One of my best friends got engaged in May and asked me to be a bridesmaid. I am one of only four, one quarter of her innermost circle.
I don’t know when exactly it started happening, but people have been fixated on healing or curing me since I was a very young child. In a previous piece about Eddie Redmayne, I referenced a blog that accused Hollywood of perpetuating the idea that disability was something to be conquered rather than lived with. While I believe that “conquering” disability is an extremely prevalent notion, I do not think that Hollywood is the only element at the epicenter of this trend.
Barbara Turnbull was a well-known fixture in the Canadian disability community. Her tenacity, dedication and perseverance were second to none. She was arguably one of the most recognizable and effective champions of disability advocacy in Canada.
This is the tale of living life within the confines of Ontario Disability Support Pension (ODSP)... the social assistance that giveth and taketh away. I want to be clear that I am not pointing fingers; ODSP is a flawed system, doing the best it can –a system that is underfunded and understaffed. As flawed as it is, it is one of the better social assistance programs within Canada.
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