If you have a disability, you very quickly come to understand that it is an issue most people don’t open up about at work. Sure, talking about your experience with chronic fatigue syndrome, depression or a learning disability such as dyslexia might happen behind closed doors. But in a larger setting? It’s still taboo. To say the silence millions keep each day is stifling is an understatement. Many people describe it as feeling like their true self has been hijacked and replaced, at least during working hours. Hiding a disability does colleagues a disservice, too. Truth is, every time someone speaks up for people with disabilities in the workplace, particularly if they have lived experience, it has the potential to build trust, empathy, and engagement.
America is aging, with about 15 percent of the population over the age of 65. As Americans age, susceptibility to chronic conditions increases and level of overall health can decline. Dr. Shevon Harvey, director of the Transdisciplinary Center for Health Equity Research and associate professor in health education in the Texas A&M University College of Education & Human Development, said reducing stress by setting small, measurable goals is key to improving health in the diverse, aging population. She recommends that on this National Senior Citizens Day, seniors set ‘doable’ goals to achieve long-term health objectives.
The co-partners of #CripTheVote hosted a chat on Judge Brett Kavanaugh, nominee for Associate Justice to the Supreme Court of the United States and what his nomination will mean for the disability community. Details: http://cripthevote.blogspot.com/2018/08/826-twitter-chat-scotus-nominee-brett.html
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