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Disabilities in the Media: The Road to Better Representation

Disabilities in the Media: The Road to Better Representation

Representation is far more than a Hollywood buzzword. A positive portrayal in the media can completely change the way the general public thinks about a marginalized group, and while the landscape is far from perfect, there are now a growing number of films and TV shows that feature characters (and actors) from a diverse array of backgrounds and experiences. Unfortunately, most conversations about representation still tend to exclude people with disabilities. According to a recent white paper from the Ruderman Family Foundation, able-bodied actors were cast to play the...
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A Star is Reborn: How Lady Gaga Handles Chronic Pain & Mental Health

A Star is Reborn: How Lady Gaga Handles Chronic Pain & Mental Health

In many cases, pain is only half the battle. Dealing with a chronic condition will often take a severe toll on someone’s mental health, and that remains as true for Lady Gaga as it does for everyone else. The celebrated pop star elaborated on some of those mental health issues during a recent sit-down interview with Oprah Winfrey. While Lady Gaga has been quite candid about her struggles with fibromyalgia in the past, the interview provided more context and gave fans a better understanding of its mental impact. She was particularly forthcoming about a psychotic break that...
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LTD Benefits Denied Due to Pre-Existing Condition

LTD Benefits Denied Due to Pre-Existing Condition

Kirk still remembered the anxiety he had felt when he was first diagnosed with chronic pain at the age of 32.. While it was a relief to know why he’d been in so much pain, it was stressful to learn that there was no cure for the condition. He had spent more than a few sleepless nights worrying about how to live a normal life. Thankfully, his fears proved to be mostly overblown. Some days were worse than others, but for the most part, he was able to deal with his pain well enough to go about his day. He was on a decidedly upward trajectory by the time he reached his 40s....
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Working From Home: Tips From the Share Lawyers Team

Working From Home: Tips From the Share Lawyers Team

As a result of COVID-19, many Canadians are finding themselves either out of work or forced to work from home. And while many Canadians may already work from home, those who are new to the practice may find it difficult to adjust. As such, the Share Lawyers team is here to answer all your questions about how to work from home like a pro while taking care of your mental and physical health.  What are your go-to meditation or mental health apps or websites? While the idea of working from home seems like a dream come true, the reality is that it takes a great deal of...
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Resources for Those Recently Unemployed Due to COVID-19

Resources for Those Recently Unemployed Due to COVID-19

In light of the current COVID-19 pandemic, there have been many changes to how businesses, both big and small, are operating. Many businesses are closing their doors for the safety of their staff and the general public, while others are cutting back on staffing in order to mitigate the spread of the virus. As a result, many Canadians are facing a loss of income that could prove crippling. However, despite these changes, the Canadian government has put in place a series of options available for those who find themselves recently unemployed as a result of the...
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Mental Health Resources During Times of Isolation

Mental Health Resources During Times of Isolation

Due to the sudden onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, many people now find themselves dealing with an unexpected and unfamiliar set of circumstances. Old routines no longer make sense – and are no longer safe – during a period of significant social distancing. That means that everyone has to find ways to adjust to the new reality. The thought of working from home may initially seem appealing, but any residence can start to feel cramped when you’re no longer allowed to leave. Many people rely on their social and professional networks to maintain a sense of normalcy. You lose a...