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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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Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings And Representations Of Multiple Sclerosis

Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings And Representations Of Multiple Sclerosis

When it comes to representation of people with disabilities in film and television, we’re progressively starting to see some growth and change. But while we’re starting to do away with the harmful tropes of the past, there’s still a lot of work left to be done.  People with disabilities – be it an addiction, mental illness, neurological condition, or physical disability – tend to be forced into certain categories. For the most part, they’re used more as plot devices than characters in their own right. In this way, their humanity is stripped from them, and...
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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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After the Settlement: Treatment Options for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

After the Settlement: Treatment Options for Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

A long term disability settlement can offer some invaluable peace of mind, but it is only one step on a much longer recovery journey. In that regard, the settlement is a tool that provides you with the time and resources you need to focus on your health. The ultimate goal is to find a way to manage your condition so you can get back to work and your regular routine. So what happens after you settle your claim with your insurance provider? The answer will largely depend on the nature of your disability. You’ll want to consult with your doctor to come up with a treatment...
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No Rest for the Weary: Shona’s Story

No Rest for the Weary: Shona’s Story

Shona had always enjoyed an active lifestyle. She was naturally a social creature and found that she was happiest when her calendar was filled with as many people and events as it could hold. Now that she was 42, she was proud to say that life had never been more fulfilling. Her day job as a receptionist at an accounting firm gave her plenty of opportunities to chat with clients. Her two children, her volunteer work, and her various social engagements kept her just as busy when she left the office. On many days, the clock would hit midnight before she went to...