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Why It’s So Important to Listen & Empathize With Our Clients

Why It’s So Important to Listen & Empathize With Our Clients

At the most basic level, a disability is a disruption. Those who develop a condition in their adulthood can suddenly find themselves struggling with everyday tasks, and are physically or mentally unable to do as much as they did when they were younger. It can be incredibly demoralizing to be forced to confront those limitations, and no one feels that more acutely than the person wading through a to-do list that never seems to get any smaller. Unfortunately, many bystanders are simply unwilling or unable to empathize with that struggle. They have no broader understanding...
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Post-Settlement – Life After Post-Concussion Syndrome

Post-Settlement – Life After Post-Concussion Syndrome

When Sara, 40, slipped on the ice last winter while skating with her family, she hit her head. She blacked out for a few seconds and woke up feeling dizzy and nauseated. Her family took her to the emergency department where they ran some tests and found out that she had a concussion. It didn’t seem too serious at first, so she pushed herself to get back to her normal routine almost immediately. Within a day she was getting violently ill at work, suffering splitting headaches, and often lost track of what she was saying mid-sentence. She had developed post-concussion...
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Keeping Up With The Kardashians and Disability in Television

Keeping Up With The Kardashians and Disability in Television

There’s a long history of problematic representation of persons with disabilities in film and television. From being portrayed as villainous or helpless (see Darth Vader and Tiny Tim) to being used as inspiration fodder or the butt of a joke (Forrest Gump), persons with disabilities have often been used as plot devices rather than being portrayed as human beings. However, despite this long-standing trend, things are changing.  Arguably one of the best television shows of all time, Breaking Bad, did wonders for representations of people with disabilities with the...
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A Day In The Life – Living With Chronic Pain

A Day In The Life – Living With Chronic Pain

Living with a chronic condition can make day-to-day life very difficult, if not unbearable. From one person to the next, each experience is unique, varied mostly by the severity of their condition and their access to help. For those who live alone, it changes things and makes the process of living with a disability even more difficult. Algar, a client of ours, was kind enough to grant us a peek into what a day in his life looks like. 48 years old and living alone in a single room in a house in Toronto, Algar deals with chronic pain. This is what a typical day in his life...
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Concussions in Youth Sports: A Look at Canada’s Statistics

Concussions in Youth Sports: A Look at Canada’s Statistics

The nature of physical play and contact sports have caused the risks of concussions to be part of the public conversation surrounding these activities. When speaking to any group of Canadians, most individuals with either have sustained a brain injury in his or her lifetime, or have a close friend or family member who has. While concussions are somewhat common, new research has shown that the rates of concussion for children and youth have increased dramatically over the past five years. These worrying statistics have led to a national debate over the nature of sports...
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Supports and Resources For Those With Disabilities

Experiencing the real-life effects of being impacted by a disability can leave someone feeling helpless, isolated, and limited. No one with a disability should feel this way, and although there might be different approaches to everyday tasks, there is help for you. Especially for those whose disability is a newer reality, the Share Lawyers team wants to let you know there are many different resources, communities, and services which can provide you with the support and management you need to lead a full life! Getting Around If your disability prevents you from moving...