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A Home Invasion Nightmare: Rosie’s Story

A Home Invasion Nightmare: Rosie’s Story

As a contracts associate at a large publishing firm in Vancouver, BC, Rosie was a stickler for details. Her job gave her a sense of purpose when she was able to deliver an airtight document to a client. Everything changed after a burglar broke into her home, although Rosie didn’t realize how much it would affect her at the time. Her roommate had been out of town during the robbery. Rosie, on the other hand, had been asleep in her bedroom and was completely unaware of the burglary as it was happening. She only learned about the crime when the police knocked on her door....
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By the Numbers: Canada’s Growing Awareness of Invisible Disabilities

By the Numbers: Canada’s Growing Awareness of Invisible Disabilities

Invisible disabilities are far more common than many people realize. According to the 2017 Canadian Survey on Disability (CSD), more than 2 million Canadians are currently living with a mental health-related disability, and even that number does not fully reflect the scope of the issue. Pain-related conditions are the most common cause of disability for adults over the age of 25, and many of those conditions – including fibromyalgia and arthritis – may not be immediately apparent to a casual observer. Unfortunately, even our best metrics are imperfect. The previous CSD...
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Selena Gomez and Disability Visibility

Selena Gomez and Disability Visibility

It can be difficult to live with a disability, especially an invisible disability, in a world that treats them as something to hide, mask, or be ashamed of. They’re not, and it’s high time we shifted the how we think about those with disabilities. Some celebrities are helping to shed that stigma by making their own disabilities more visible, and not shying away from being part of the public discourse. Selena Gomez is a shining example of this.  At about 20 years old, Gomez was diagnosed with lupus. A chronic autoimmune disease, lupus essentially causes the body to...
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Invisible Disabilities: Battling the Stigma at Work

Invisible Disabilities: Battling the Stigma at Work

Canadian disability law covers a wide range of conditions, including invisible disabilities like mental health issues, epilepsy, chronic fatigue syndrome, and fibromyalgia. People with such conditions are entitled to the same rights and protections as people with visible impairments. In practice, however, there is still a stigma associated with invisible conditions. Many people simply won’t believe that a medical issue is legitimate unless they can see the effects with their eyes and they won’t hesitate to spread their doubts with friends or in the workplace. Despite the...
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The Challenges of Life with Epilepsy

The Challenges of Life with Epilepsy

While epilepsy is frequently associated with physical seizures, the condition is, in fact, a brain disorder that involves abnormal bursts of electrical activity. Those bursts can and do trigger seizures, but the severity and frequency will vary from individual to individual. That means that epilepsy will manifest differently depending on the circumstances. Many patients are able to lead relatively unencumbered lives, with seizures occurring at a rate of less than one per year. Others experience multiple seizures every day, which can make it far more difficult to hold a...