Destabilizing Disability: Including addiction for cross-movement solidarity

Originally posted on living not existing:

“Destabilizing Disability: Including addiction for cross-movement solidarity” is published in Knots: An Undergraduate Journal of Disability Studies. The journal is available to order off of the from the margins catalog > > > < < <

Destabilizing disability to include addiction opens up possibilities for coalition building across marginalized experiences and creates new ways of knowing. Addiction has rarely been considered through a disability studies perspective, yet the experience of the addicted body can be explained through a disability studies perspective without naming the addict as disabled. Shifting disability from an identity category into the more relatable experiences of normalcy and accessibility is useful for creating alliance across differences. I will first destabilize the fixed imagination of the disabled body. Following, I will suggest that the addicted body does not relate to disabled body. Next, I will suggest that shared experiences relating to ab/normalcy and in/accessibility are more relatable to…

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Reclaim Your Space


Don’t forget the storage unit!

Originally posted on Derrick and Lisa Get Tiny:

plastic 2Does this look familiar?  The funniest story was shared with me, this morning.  A family member tells me, that she trying to make more room in her home. This big blue container has been kicking around her basement and getting in the way forever.  So she decides it is time to deal with it.  Guess what’s in it?

plastic 4 I am still laughing, hours later.  A plastic container, full of plastic containers.  Some were containers without lids , and some were lids without containers.  Some of you have one of these in your home.  Maybe not as large as this, but somewhere there are plastic containers, storing more plastic containers. I will admit, I did.

How do we stop this?  One thing I am trying very hard to do in this house, is to not cook for than we can eat.  It only ends up, in one of these great containers…

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Square Peg, Round Hole Friends


Well into a Tiny House Build.

Originally posted on Derrick and Lisa Get Tiny:

It has been a long time since our last post.  The house is progressing well, between the snow blowing of the driveway and keeping the back yard clear.  We have had record snow fall in New Brunswick, this year.

This post is dedicated to my square peg, round hole friend, also know as Sean.  He was visiting a few months back and the conversation went something like this….what if you put a shelf there, optimize that space; and don’t forget you need to deal with future access to those pipes, and what is you moved that there, oh and put that there and oh what if you ………… You get where I am going.  I love minds like that.

Needless to say the dreamer filed all these ideas, to discuss with the doer, at a later date.  One thing I have learned throughout this project, is never talk about it…

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Psychological Abuse: More Common, as Harmful as Other Child Maltreatment

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Originally posted on Health & Family:

It may be the most common kind of child abuse — and the most challenging to deal with. But psychological abuse, or emotional abuse, rarely gets the kind of attention that sexual or physical abuse receives.

That’s the message of a trio of pediatricians, who write this week in the journal Pediatrics with a clarion call to other family doctors and child specialists: stay alert to the signs of psychological maltreatment. Its effects can be every bit as devastating as those of other abuse.

Psychological maltreatment can include terrorizing, belittling or neglecting a child, the pediatrician authors say.

(MORE:Child Abuse Pediatricians Recommend Basic Parenting Classes to Reduce Maltreatment and Neglect)

“We are talking about extremes and the likelihood of harm, or risk of harm, resulting from the kinds of behavior that make a child feel worthless, unloved or unwanted,” Harriet MacMillan, one of the three pediatrician authors…

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Abused Children May Get Unique Form of PTSD

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Originally posted on Health & Family:

Child abuse scars not just the brain and body, but, according to the latest research, but may leave its mark on genes as well.

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How Child Abuse Primes the Brain for Future Mental Illness

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Originally posted on Health & Family:

Child maltreatment has been called the tobacco industry of mental health. Much the way smoking directly causes or triggers predispositions for physical disease, early abuse may contribute to virtually all types of mental illness.

Now, in the largest study yet to use brain scans to show the effects of child abuse, researchers have found specific changes in key regions in and around the hippocampus in the brains of young adults who were maltreated or neglected in childhood. These changes may leave victims more vulnerable to depression, addiction and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the study suggests.

Harvard researchers led by Dr. Martin Teicher studied nearly 200 people aged 18 to 25, who were mainly middle class and well-educated. They were recruited through newspaper and transit ads for a study on “memories of childhood.” Because the authors wanted to look specifically at the results of abuse and neglect, people who had suffered…

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