3. News, Health, Housing, Rights, Advocacy
Accommodations are more than ramps. Disability justice requires accommodations and barrier removal for all types of disabilities. All learners can benefit from Universal Design Learning systems (flexibility, different forms of communication through visual, oral, videos, powerpoints, test accommodations (s. 8.3).
Imagine if 5 of your friends lost housing, jobs or their lives from overdose? Would you rather have housing, jobs, and access to safe drugs or a mindfulness class? Would individual mindfulness classes help deal with these social catastrophes?
How mindfulness privatised a social problem
How many times have you been told inspiring quotes that didn’t match reality? When do helpful phrases sound fake and meaningless? Or worse: insulting? Toxic Positivity
“Validation: This is hard. You’ve done hard things before and I believe in you. I know there’s a lot that could go wrong. What could go rights?
“Toxic Positivity”: You’ll get over it! Just be positive!
Key: Still use naloxone at an overdose. But if the naloxone has not worked, there may be a benzo (etizolam) mixed with the drugs warn doctors.
Bulletin asks: Do you think it would be a better solution for government and doctors to focus on antidotes against this specific drug mix or should it focus on making sure there is a safe (not-poisoned and known) supply of drugs? #safesupply #theytalkwedie.
When you are waiting in line for a doctor, you probably don’t think about legal aid. Dr. Gary Bloch identifies the ways that access to justice is a social determinant of health.
For people seeking ODSP Access to a legal clinic and advocacy help are absolutely vital for many people getting ODSP.
Cuts to legal aid mean worse health for vulnerable people – Toronto Star July 2, 2019
CAMH is working on creating a Recovery College (RC) and there have been consultations and there is an email but no website: recovery college <firstname.lastname@example.org>. You might have heard about it in the elevator at CAMH or on your Facebook feed if you know anyone who works at CAMH. Some quick questions to consider about an RC: Who decides the goals, programming, resources, outcomes, timing and the ways the RC will relate to the broader world and social-economic-disability issues?
Recovery in the Bin is a critical theorist and activist collective from the United Kingdom where there is a long history of Recovery Colleges. RITB is a great source for when are stuck in the loop of frustration-waiting-services-waiting-disappointment.
* Housing *
We still need to advocate and reach politicians to make sure they know that we have a Right to Housing (R2H). Get on the email/phone/post office! Interesting Background Document on the R2H
This poster was made to respond to a campaign to eliminate homeless camping in Seattle.
What do you think is more human? To leave people alone or to call the city?
Seattle’s campaign: See a Tent? Report a tent. … Living outside without access to sanitation is inhumane. …Report a tent using the City of Seattle App.
How often are survivors left without resources and services? Or left without peace and harassment?
PART 1: 15 Etobicoke ACORN members rallied for a speak out against condo management corruption: mould, roaches, sewage leaking from the ceiling, and constant flooding of their basement, which is documented on film by CityTV news.
PART 2: A leader, Peter D’Gama, was physically restrained, held overnight and then released…for allegedly throwing PAPER at/near the property manager!
PART 3: ACORN tenant advocates will have a chance to embarrass the management company and get media coverage at future stages.