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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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Why Are We Lonely and What Can We Do About It?

Why Are We Lonely and What Can We Do About It?

More than 37 million people are living in Canada, yet many Canadians have never felt more alone. The Angus Reid Institute and the Cardus think tank collaborated on a recent study that found that an astonishing 23 percent of the country experiences extreme loneliness and social isolation. That isolation correlates with many negative side effects that can have an impact on every area of a person’s life.   “Social isolation and loneliness are a symptom of our culture’s obsession with personal autonomy, leaving us living life as ‘I’ instead of ‘we,’” said Cardus...
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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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Should I Assume I’m Under Surveillance By The Insurance Company?

Should I Assume I’m Under Surveillance By The Insurance Company?

When you apply for disability insurance, it’s quite common for the insurance company to put you under surveillance. Now, if you don’t know what that means, the term “surveillance” can be a little daunting, even downright frightening. So what does being under surveillance entail and what do you need to know to protect yourself?  What it means is that they’re keeping an eye on your day-to-day activity to make sure you’re not lying or exaggerating your claim of illness and disability. They may keep an eye on your social media accounts and the accounts of your friends and...
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Managing Stress with a Disability: Life After Your Settlement

Managing Stress with a Disability: Life After Your Settlement

After your settlement, there will be a feeling of great relief. However, the calm after the storm comes with its own set of challenges.  Adjusting to life with a disability is never easy. Change is difficult, and finding ways to cope with certain limitations is a challenge. Learning to accept your disability is a process, filled with highs and lows. Experts encourage those in this situation to allow themselves a period of mourning. Experiencing sadness and frustration is normal, and should not be suppressed. Allowing yourself to feel and express yourself honestly...