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Significant Victory for Nova Scotians With Intellectual Disabilities

by Inclusion Canada
Wednesday, October 6, 2021

HALIFAX, NS: Today, the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal has paved the road to addressing the human rights of thousands of Nova Scotians with disabilities who continue to languish in institutions or in community without support.

This ruling sent a powerful message that there are fundamental systemic barriers in Nova Scotia that deny equality of opportunity for persons with disabilities.

The Council of Canadians with Disabilities, Inclusion Canada and People First Canada, a coalition granted permission to participate in this Appeal, are now urging the government of Nova Scotia to stop fighting persons with disabilities in courts, to acknowledge to systemic discrimination and to remove barriers to inclusion for all Nova Scotians with intellectual disabilities.

Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health Launches 2021 Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW)

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OTTAWA-September 29, 2021-The Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health is proud to launch the 2021 Mental Illness Awareness Week on October 3, 2021.

This annual national public education campaign is designed to help open the eyes of Canadians to the reality of mental illness. The week was established by the Canadian Psychiatric Association in 1992, and is now coordinated by the Canadian Alliance on Mental Illness and Mental Health (CAMIMH) in cooperation with all its member organizations and many other supporters across Canada.

This AI Could Help Diagnose ADHD Sooner

Early ADHD diagnoses could help cut crime and drastically improve lives, but a cash-starved NHS is struggling to keep up

As a child, Casey*, 38, always found it hard to concentrate. Her old school reports said the same thing. “Casey manages to talk through the entire class. She somehow gets her work done, but she distracts everybody else,” read one primary school report she recently dug out the back of her cupboard.

These behaviours continued into adulthood. She was impulsive and bought expensive items on a whim: clothes she barely wore or a – £5000 camper van she drove three times. Colleagues wondered whether she had dyslexia because of misspelled words in the odd email. She looked into the possibility, but it didn’t seem to fit. At age 36, Casey began to question whether she had undiagnosed attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Adults With Disabilities Have Worse Mental Health During COVID-19

FRIDAY, Aug. 27, 2021 (HealthDay News)

Adults with disabilities are disproportionately affected by adverse mental health symptoms and substance use during COVID-19, according to research published in the Aug. 27 issue of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Mark É. Czeisler, from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, and colleagues surveyed 5,256 U.S. adults during February to March 2021 to identify factors associated with adverse mental health symptoms and substance use among adults with disabilities. Of the 5,119 respondents who completed a two-item disability screener, 32.2 percent screened as adults with disabilities.

Seeing The Unseen: Nonvisible Disability

By Adriana Temprano | Staff
Published July 14, 2021

At the time I’m beginning to write this, I am slightly elevated in a hospital bed of an intensive care unit. Setbacks from a neurological procedure are why I once again find myself with a diet involving intravenous fluids and a wardrobe consisting of a hospital gown and nonslip socks.

As someone who experiences chronic pain, my appearance doesn’t always explicitly notify others I’m feeling unwell. Sometimes, this can look like me smiling through what hurts while telling those who ask, “I’m doing fine.” It can also result in a trip to the emergency room in an effort to try and overcome an incessant bout of pain. In both cases, trying to explain to those without this type of condition can be a task and a headache in itself.

Curbside Pickup Boosts Accessibility for People With ADHD and Autism

It’s more than a COVID prevention measure. Curbside pickup means I never have to drag myself through a store with a long list again. Laura Hautala
June 3, 2021

Grocery stores exhaust me. Before the pandemic, I would grind through a shopping list on my iPhone’s Notes app, checking it over and over as I reminded myself where items were in a store I’d shopped at for years. Why did I feel so tormented by shopping?

Health of Canadians With Disabilities Suffering During the Pandemic

June 2, 2021

The COVID-19 Disability Survey captured perspectives from Canadians with different types of disabilities and their family members.

Nearly 30 per cent of those polled are hesitant to get vaccinated

A new study led by UBC researchers and the Ontario-based Abilities Centre is sounding the alarm over the damaging effects of COVID-19 for Canadians with disabilities.

Dr. Kathleen Martin Ginis, director of the Centre for Chronic Disease Prevention and Management, points to public health restrictions and lack of community resources as key contributors to heightened challenges facing those living with disabilities.

The Disabled Doctors Not Believed by Their Colleagues

Miranda Schreiber

BBC News, Apr. 19, 2021

When I was 15, I described what turned out to be the neurological symptoms of mental illness to my doctor. I told him I couldn’t do schoolwork, feel the cold, or understand a book. He suggested I go on walks if I was stressed.

This breakdown in communication, in which patient and doctor seem to live in different worlds, is well-documented by disabled people. Many feel they have to translate their experience, because disability and medical structures seem incompatible.

But this experience is familiar to disabled doctors too, and some are seeking solutions.

Mental Illness is Another Pandemic in the Making

By Benjamin Rempel
Mon., April 5, 2021

Cachelle Colquhoun, mother of four from Collingwood, Ont., is frustrated with the state of mental-health supports available to her children.

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Colquhoun has struggled to meet the needs of her nine-year-old with general anxiety disorder and attention deficit disorder and her six-year-old who has challenges with neurodiversity, including sensory disorder.

“I spend a lot of my days trying to find the right resources for my kids,” Colquhoun says. “Getting help is nearly impossible. And if you can access services, you price yourself out immediately.”

Disabled Canadians Face Uphill Struggle for Regular Care as COVID-19 Drains Resources

Emily Fagan
Special to The Globe and Mail
Published March 22, 2021

There’s a lot Heather Morgan has figured out on her own to ensure her family’s well-being. She spends 10 to 30 hours a week as a caregiver for her Ontario-based family of four, helping manage their multiple disabilities in addition to looking after her own health.

Her husband is autistic, while she and her two young adult children have an undiagnosed muscular condition that requires them to use power wheelchairs.

With what little time remains, she’s pursuing her master’s degree. It’s an uphill battle.