Tag: Disability

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    Event: A Mad Hatter’s Tea Party in celebration of Mad Pride in Hamilton

    June 24th, 2013     by Julia Horel     Comments

    The Mad Hatter and the Mad Pride Hamilton Organizing Committee cordially invite you and your friends to tea. What: A Mad Hatter’s Tea Party in celebration of Mad Pride in Hamilton When: Saturday, July 27th from 1-5pm (tea at 1, open mic starts at 2) Where: First Pilgrim United Church / 200 Main Street East, Hamilton (wheelchair accessible) Who: All Mad people, consumer/survivors, people with lived experience or labeled with ‘mental illness’, those who experience distress/visions/voices/alternative realities/extreme states, and friends/supporters Cost: … READ MORE

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    Guest Series: Part 3 -  Adventures in Admissions and Toilets

    June 5th, 2013     by Guest Blogger     Comments

    If you’re new to this series, read parts 1 and 2 first. by Jenny Blaser As I settle in to 1217A, I find myself alone for the first time. I am without a friend or support person and it is just me and Penny. The nurse, Kelly, is familiar to me from my previous admission to the unit and remembers the things I need. We get me into the bed and Penny joins me, taking up residence … READ MORE

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    Call out: Empowerment Council Youth Advocacy Project

    May 30th, 2013     by Julia Horel     Comments

    Are you a young person under 25? Have you used the mental health or addiction system? We want to hear from you! The Empowerment Council conducts systemic advocacy on behalf of service users. There have been a lot of changes in the mental health system and we want to know how this is affecting youth. What have been your best and worst experiences at CAMH? What changes do you want to see? What do you want to know about your … READ MORE

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    Submit to Mad Pride Hamilton zine!

    May 30th, 2013     by Julia Horel     Comments

    Are you a: -mental health consumer/survivor -person with lived experience -person who has been labelled with a “mental illness” -Mad person Do you live, work, study, use services, or spend time in Hamilton? Submit to our Mad Pride Hamilton zine! Advice, Artwork, Blog Posts, Comics, Emails, How You Celebrate, Letters, Lyrics, Photographs, Pictures, Poetry, Questions, Rants, Recommendations, Resources, Short Stories, Sketches, Tips, Visions, Wellness Tools, What Needs to Change, What You’re Proud Of, What You’ve Learned, What You Want to Know, Wish … READ MORE

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    Guest Series: Part 2 - Of Duct Tape and Half-Lives

    May 29th, 2013     by Guest Blogger     Comments

    Read part 1 of this series here. By Jenny Blaser “Do you know how to do a two person lift?” I ask. “No,” replies the nurse with a look of fear and apprehension. “Great. Then just do that however you want,” I retort, attempting to shield my sarcasm. At this point I am laying out on the floor, spasming and twitching about without any control of my body or its movements. I am straining to speak because the spasms … READ MORE

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    Guest Series: Part 1 - Like a Fish Out of Water on the Doctor’s Floor

    May 22nd, 2013     by Guest Blogger     Comments

    by Jenny Blaser This is my most recent narrative. It is one that I am still living and experiencing in a number of ways. It is a story that undoubtedly will shape the person who I currently am and define how I continue to grow and live my life. I want to share it because it is a story not often told - one of disability, sickness, pain, support, and change. This is a story of … READ MORE

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    The Costs of Conforming

    December 31st, 2012     by Shoshana Erlich     Comments

    One of the things that continually astounds me about being disabled is just how incredibly expensive it is. Almost no matter what area of life you look at, it costs more to be disabled. While it doesn’t surprise me, it also infuriates me how little recognition there is of that fact. There is virtually no recognition that as a young disabled person, my cost of living is exponentially higher than a non-disabled person’s. Despite the fact … READ MORE

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    Reclaiming Our Bodies & Minds: Disability, Oppression, Action Conference

    December 12th, 2012     by Julia Horel     Comments

    March 15, 16, and 17 2013 Reclaiming our bodies and Minds: Disability, Oppression, Action! Is a collaborative space for communities to come together, learn, network and develop skills. As people with disabilities it is our time to reclaim our bodies and minds, take control of the services we use, and work with our allies to achieve the freedom and autonomy we deserve. Call for proposals We are welcoming proposals for all three conference streams: * Disability Activism and Resistance * … READ MORE

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    A Disabled Haircut?

    November 26th, 2012     by Shoshana Erlich     Comments

    Yesterday I got a haircut. For most people this sentence is seemingly innocuous, perhaps offered as a response to someone asking “What’s new?” or traded in other casual conversation. For me, it brought home a really powerful lesson of how no matter what I do, no matter how seemingly innocent or normal my activities might be, it is impossible to separate out me from my disabilities. While it would seem silly to say that I got … READ MORE

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    Guest Post: Language can be so Crazy-Making!

    October 1st, 2012     by Guest Blogger     Comments

    by Jenna MacKay with special thanks to Kate-Christine Miller Crazy. Bonkers. Bananas. Disturbed. Maniac. Psycho. Psychopath. Mental. Nutter. Throughout history, people labelled with mental health issues have been stigmatized. This continues today and is inseparable from the language we use. Take for example the shooting of men with mental health issues by the Toronto police. The actions of the police are informed by labelling certain men’s behaviour as “crazy.” This label is accompanied by … READ MORE

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    Toronto: Abilities Arts Festival Takes it to the Streets!

    September 17th, 2012     by Julia Horel     Comments

    Experience Toronto through a disabilities perspective September 20-October 11, 2012 As part of the tenth annual Abilities Arts Festival launching September 20 with the ARTrageous! Gala and running September 21-October 11, three events look at our city from a unique perspective featuring a roster of visual and performance-based artworks by artists with disabilities. In keeping with the theme of storytelling, each event at this year’s festival, including a photography exhibition and book launch, a multi-media extravaganza as part … READ MORE

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    To the Guy at Yonge and Dundas

    August 15th, 2012     by Shoshana Erlich     Comments

    To the Guy at Yonge and Dundas: Hi, I’m a bit new at this, having come a bit late to the physical disabilities side of this game, so forgive me if I don’t sound grateful for what you did or something. I think it’s part of the privilege that goes with having grown up in a disabled bodied that has always managed to pass as able-bodied. I have some expectation of my own independence and right to … READ MORE

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    Guest post: The psychological is political: Mental health as a feminist issue

    August 15th, 2012     by Guest Blogger     Comments

    Currently, mental health is a hot topic in Ontario. Countless media stories along with governmental and professional groups have highlighted the importance of reducing stigma, identifying folks who need support and connecting folks in need of support to clinical services. There are aspects of this that are awesome. Many of us do suffer from some form of mental distress at one point or another and/or love someone who has/does. It is important that we … READ MORE

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    TAKE A SICK DAY! At the AGO

    August 9th, 2012     by Julia Horel     Comments

    TAKE A SICK DAY! At the AGO presented by Disabled Young People’s Project Come share your know-how and come to know how we deal with our bodies and our health on our own terms. This is an event filled with wisdom, colour and the noise of change for those of us (young) people of colour who live with disabilities. We will have: art food community strategy sessions Music attendant care ASL interpreters wheelchair accessibility gender neutral restrooms LGBTQ positive vibe Scent-free ALL INCLUDED WITH YOUR FREE ADMISSION When/Where: AUGUST 18, 2012 10:30am-6:00pm ART GALLERY … READ MORE

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    Event: Mad Pride Toronto 2012

    July 9th, 2012     by Julia Horel     Comments

    Mad Pride Toronto 2012: July 10-15. Full event schedule now available! Mad Pride is an arts, culture, and heritage festival created by psychiatric survivors, consumers, mad people, folks the world has labelled “mentally ill,” and those in solidarity with us. Mad Pride is about: . remembering and participating in mad history . challenging discrimination . advocating for rights . affirming mad identities . developing and empowering mad communities . having fun! Our lives and contributions are valuable and need celebration! For the full schedule of … READ MORE

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    Empowering psychiatric survivors

    May 31st, 2012     by deb singh     Comments

    As the activist at the Toronto Rape Crisis Centre/Multicultural Women Against Rape (TRCC/MWAR) who gets the awesome privilege of being in leadership of the annual event, Take Back the Night, my brain is already on themes for the event (TBTN is a global event which happens in many cities to protest our right to walk the streets free of violence). I reflected on the idea of counseling in this city. As a counselor, I keep seeing … READ MORE

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    Reclaiming Our Bodies and Minds: Disability, Oppression, Action! Conference 2012

    March 1st, 2012     by Julia Horel     Comments

    Reclaiming Our Bodies and Minds: Disability, Oppression, Action! When: March 16, 17, 18, 2012 Where: Ryerson University, Student Centre, 55 Gould Street, Toronto Reclaiming our Bodies and Minds: Disability, Oppression, Action! is a collaborative space for communities to come together, learn, network, and develop skills. Through a weekend of presentations, workshops, dialogue, arts, and engagement, participants will gain skills and knowledge to apply to community organizing, self-advocacy, systemic advocacy, and experiences in post-secondary institutions. We will spend … READ MORE

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    Sins Invalid: ‘An unshamed claim to beauty in the face of invisibility’

    February 29th, 2012     by Julia Horel     Comments

    New College Speaker Series 2012, in collaboration with the Art Gallery of Ontario & The School of Disability Studies at Ryerson University, presents: Performance excerpts from Sins Invalid ‘An unshamed claim to beauty in the face of invisibility’ Featuring performances by: Alex Cafarelli, Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, Maria Palacios and Leroy Moore Saturday March 17 2012 - 7pm Art Gallery of Ontario, Weston Family Learning Centre 317 Dundas St. West Toronto, ON Beverly Street Entrance Facebook event link here. FREE admission ASL interpretation Wheelchair accessible Attendant care Sponsored by: … READ MORE

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    If I Can’t Dance, Is it Still My Revolution? An interview with AJ Withers

    January 19th, 2012     by Kate-Christine Miller     Comments

    AJ Withers is a Canadian Disability Activist whose zine “If I Can’t Dance, Is it Still My Revolution?” had a profound effect on me as a disabled person and activist. After reviewing the zine and website for Shameless magazine (the Labour issue, out this week!) I wanted to connect with AJ and hear more about radical disability activism. Specifically, I wanted to know what it takes to build solidarity, among and with disabled people, how … READ MORE

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    An Intersectional RSVP

    November 28th, 2011     by Shoshana Erlich     Comments

    Dear Event Organizers: I sincerely appreciate your open invitation to attend your event on this important issue, however, I find that I must respectfully decline. As an activist with a complex identity, it is difficult for me to condone attending an event that, while seeking to explain and draw interest into a matter that is very near and dear to my heart, has managed to ensure that my participation in your event will be virtually impossible. While I … READ MORE

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