Two Youtube Videos On: Disability Rights

Hello all! This post I wanted to dedicate to videos featured on YouTube that are based on disability rights and services. I so far have thankfully found two of which I find wonderful pieces that focus on these important topics.

Firstly, this video (3 minutes long) provided by Open Society Foundations. This clip is wonderful and shows multiple young adults who are in school, including disabled students themselves, give their word on how they joined a scholarship aimed towards disability rights in the US, Africa and other locations in general, and what they want to do to change the lack of human rights that are for the disabled community through activism and breaking down stereotypes within society that limits the disabled community more than anything else. It is a very compassionate video that gives a spark in me, and makes me feel joy to see this group of alumni who want to benefit and meet the needs of disabled folk. I really recommend you watch if you’re either interested in seeing what this organization is doing from the video or on their online pages, or just want to see people talk about an amazing passion they have for this community and how they want to change society for the better (instead of changing the community, like many bad organizations attempt). Its inspiring and honestly wonderful to see.

The next video (2:30 min., closed captioning), featured by DRI Kids on YouTube, is based around an organization that is also aimed positively towards developing a better future and better lives for disabled and mentally ill people. Employees, including the founder of the organization (which has been for up to 20 years existent), speak out about how the abuse directed towards disabled folk in psychiatric facilities is inhumane and how they want to work towards tearing it down and creating better environments centered around the facilities disabled and mentally ill people are in. Its a very informative and direct video, and has the same passion to it as the previous. If you’re interested about their goals, intentions or any other information, it is a rather interesting video to view.

Both videos come off as actual hope that abled people actually care about disabled lives and how those lives should be enjoyable. I hope you’ll enjoy and perhaps find more videos or other sources that want to do good for the community!

Why Noise Maps Could Be Crucial to the Neurodivergent in Public

In only a few public areas such as amusement parks or crowded commons of big cities, there is little or no help to the divergent to know what areas might be loud or not. Whether it be often or even just a noisy place for the day of, noise maps can help autistic folk who are hypersensitive to sound and can even help those with misophonia who don’t know what to prepare for.

Noise maps, also called soundscape maps, strategic noise maps or sound maps, are maps describing areas in a location that emit loud sounds/music/etc. Examples would be a picture where an amusement park or city space (such as a state capital, tourist location or large attraction site) has a color key, each color representing levels of sound by dB (decibels) and the severity or danger it can be to human hearing whether you have sensitivity to noise or not.

On this website, they feature and promote something called “HowLoud”, which helps people find noise levels in the location they search by GPS. The preview of the page shows what a neighborhood’s sound pollution is like using a noise map, and gives a good example of how the color key is used to indicate noise levels for anyone curious.

This not only benefits those who are interested in sound pollution, but would be amazing for neurodivergent folk that have increased stress, panic attacks or meltdowns from harsh noise they can’t expect beforehand. This method of mapping sound could be easily spread through online sources as apps or online pages on websites, or could be featured in pamphlets/papers provided by parks or groups that would be willing to publish noise maps for everyone.

The precaution in the form of an easy-to-use app that has the function of a noise map, for an autistic/misophonic/mentally ill person so they can have a chance to either avoid or prepare for upcoming sound input that would overwhelm them and possibly lead to public melt/shutdown, would be an amazingly renovating for the community.

If there are ANY application creators or those who work with apps, and you’re interested in helping the sound-sensitive part of the neurodivergent community, PLEASE think about this! I hope you’ll keep it in your thoughts or mention it to a moderator that could do something like this. Thank you. -G

Finding Activities in Gyms Near You

For most activities and workout-based routines, they’re able-bodied based. Whether you be neurodivergent, D/deaf, blind or disabled in any way, gyms that accommodate your needs are something vital when considering if you want to join a fitness center.

TIP: You should always research online!

If the gym you desire has a website, navigate around their page to find anything under the list of care for disabled members. If the gym has specific details as to what they accommodate for disabled visitors (such as equipment for wheelchair users, text-to-speech usable machines, braille on equipment, etc), awesome! This is a sign that the gym is a great possibility for you. Try to contact them via email or phone possibly and get further details by the staff if you can.

What if they don’t have a page?

If they don’t have an online page, try to go and find documents or pamphlets on site that include information involving disability accessibility in the gym. Best of luck if you find anything!

Just remember…

Always try to find gyms that fit YOUR needs. Don’t try to use equipment you know or think you’d have difficulty with, or would harm yourself by using. Its extremely unsafe. If its difficult to find activity centers in your area, try to find workout tools online! On my separate page here, these are some workout machines designed for disabled folk that you can try to decide on.

I hope for those that read this post that you all find something that fits for you. Best of luck to everyone!

-G, from Disability Wellness

Always Take Care of Yourself

Always take care of yourself, as best you can.

As a disabled person, you are an individual part of a community that faces

You don’t need to be neurotypical to be good enough. Your best is YOUR best, for as long as you live. Their limits are not your limits. Their expectations do not define you, and should never belittle you. Your grades, your employability, does not equal to your worth. To live as you live is to live as yourself: a human being who deserves love and respect. Whether you have

If you’re psychotic/schizophrenic and have episodes frequently, please don’t punish yourself by isolation and self hatred. You can’t control what triggers an episode and its natural. I just hope you’re okay today, and find something to help you cope.

If you’re depressed and relapse again, you are not a failure or a lost cause. It is part of healing, growing and recovering. You are strong and deserve all the love in the world. You tried your best and are doing your best, and yes- people can see it. You’re doing an amazing job.

If you have executive dysfunction and have poor hygiene or poor motivation, its not your fault and you are still a wonderful person. Its not bad and you’re not bad. Whether you want to pursue the goal of maintaining daily hygiene will be your decision and if you need help, never be afraid to ask.

If you’re autistic and have multiple meltdowns or shutdowns, I’m proud of you, and hope you’ll be okay. Make sure to eat and take a nap. Cope in a healthy way as best you can. People are here for you when you’re ready to come to them on your own terms.

If you have borderline personality disorder and disassociate often, its okay and you are here, and you are real. You’re supposed to be here, and you’ll be okay. Try anything to ground yourself, but please don’t self harm.

If you’re a wheelchair user and got turned away from transportation that fits your needs or any other struggles due to you being in your wheelchair, its okay to be angry and tell people how you feel. You deserve better fit surroundings that are for you.

If you have multiple sclerosis, its okay that you need long breaks to deal with the pain. Your body says it needs rest and its okay to take time for that. You need and deserve that time. Please don’t push yourself if you know you can’t.

If you forgot to take your meds, please do so now.

When someone says you’re faking and you know well that’s not true: take care of yourself. Defend yourself or ask someone to help you do it. There is no shame, and should be no regret to stand up for yourself in any way. When you’re denied things you need, there is no shame in demanding. That is something you need. Always try to remember these things.

If you need to take that soothing bath, do it- its not selfish. If you want to be alone, there’s nothing wrong with your time being your time. If you’re lonely, its okay to contact that friend and ask for company. Do what makes you happy.

You are part of a community that loves you. You are loved. You deserve care.

Take care of yourself. Please.

You matter.

 

(If you need to reach out, the Contacts is always open.)

-M.G.

Disabled While Voting: Why It’s a Concern

Throughout the years, ableism is alive and unfortunately still happening in 2016. We all know in and out of the community. Lack of transportation accommodation, little to no workplace education and understanding of how disabled people are, and much more that upsets us all. But it goes further than just how people around you are.

When it comes to presidential election and voting in America, it can be pretty serious for all minority groups (POC, mentally ill, disabled, LGBT etc). People will always criticize the policies of the candidates. And you should (especially if you’re able to vote). Policies, whether they be fulfilled later on or not, should be considered when stated by that candidate. It makes up the promises and values that candidate holds even if they haven’t put presidential action into it yet. It matters to look at these things most.

When analyzing the candidate you want, always consider yourself and the community you’re part of or even just care about. Ask questions to yourself if you need to!

Questions to consider for yourself!:

  • Does this candidate stand up for what I believe in?

  • Does this candidate support minority rights (such as disabled rights) in America?

  • Do they have any harmful plans for anything I care about?

  • Will their policies and/or values damage the community/ies and myself included?

  • Will I be affected (negatively or positively)?

  • Should I be worried for any upcoming politic issues?

 

The answers are yours to choose. However, for 2016, let us look at our main candidates that almost everyone knows thanks to multi-device advertising and strong rumor:

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

These two are our choices. And its been pretty heated so far to this point when thinking of who to vote for. Especially with all the worry stirring up.The moderator (and author) for this site chose to actually research both candidates’ policies and what they stand for. From mainstream media to their official pages. All we’re going to say is: the choice is obvious.

Donald has done plenty to discourage and put fear into the disabled community as a whole, republican or not. He publicly has mocked a disabled reporter (Serge Kovaleski), who had arthrogryposis, by making fun of his arm and apparent memory loss and even a stutter/speech impediment. Its no doubt the republican candidate scares the community, and makes everyone uneasy. Besides this, he’s done much else that doesn’t even need to be ableist to be horrible. He doesn’t seem to have much say towards the disabled in any positive way. This is something to seriously think about.

Then we have Hillary. Yes, she is the democratic candidate which makes people already disapproving without thought, but please consider what we have to say even if you don’t like her as a candidate (solely because she’s democrat). Please hear us out before you leave.

Hillary is hope so far for the disabled community. Even if she does what every politician does, which is make false promises sometimes and blow up their words to pull in voters, she does hold values that matter to us whether she acts or not. It means she’ll be neutral in the least, instead of a definite downward slope that is Trump. On her very own website, this page features her attitude towards disabled Americans and what she claims as a candidate on “what she’ll do”. Its plain to see how she feels about the disabled, with a positive light, and the page even includes what she’s done for the community.

We know this upcoming election is difficult, and stressful for everyone (even Americans not of age or don’t have the ability to vote). But please, please try to think about yourself and the community and who is going support it. Which is Hillary.

Please vote if you can. Please vote for Hillary. She is the beacon of hope that is left. It’ll be everything to the disabled community for the next 4/8 years.

-M.G.

 

September 18, 2016: A Warm Welcome and What We’re Doing

Welcome to all who visit! Its very appreciated that you’re here.

This site is proud to provide assistance for the disabled and mentally ill communities. Those on the autism spectrum who experience symptoms of executive dysfunction and sensory processing disorder, or who are physically disabled and anyone else who seeks help to maintain a healthier life that is accommodated to fit what they need. We welcome everyone to the site, disabled or not. Browse and look into products, and provide feedback if something helped!

New to the scene or if you have been part of the community for years and are looking for beneficial products that will guide you through healthy living mentally and physically, Disability Wellness offers and promotes items from online stores that give back to the disabled community (with consent first, of course).

I will be providing links and images as best I can, to display recommended items from various sites that have affordable and helpful equipment aimed towards disabled individuals. I’ll be also writing out descriptions for each online product featured, provided with shipping information, price, and intentions of the product (if its for feeding, mobility, or something else). Items ranging from feeding tools that are sensory friendly and easy to use so you can have an easier time adjusting to your (possibly new) diet, to exercise items that are useful at home, made to aid the physically disabled.

I also will be looking for fitness centers that welcome disabled people throughout America, for activities such as any (assisted/accommodated) aerobic and anaerobic exercise programs that are low price or free.

This site is open to people of any age, with any disability, mainly in America. As long as shipping can reach your location and its possible for you to order online, I hope you’ll find guidance, motivation and hope in products I feature!

Disability Wellness is non-profit and part of a school project I wanted to devote to the disabled community. I deeply care about disability rights and actively support disability organizations that benefit and do not aim to hurt the community. I only advertise products of online stores as recommendations, and do not get any payment in return for such advertising.

If you have any questions or concerns about the purpose, potential or want other information about Disability Wellness, contact the sites official social media accounts! Available to reach 24/7.

Nothing About Us Without Us: Disability Wellness on WordPress

As a website based on the disabled community and supporting it, the moderator of Disability Wellness does not support groups that don’t benefit the disabled community. This included Autism $peaks (for reasons why we don’t support the group, see here and here. You can also look up other sources via search engine on how A$ is actually considerably a hate group! Also to non-knowing reader that doesn’t know how bad A$ truly is, I HIGHLY and passionately suggest you please stop funding the organization after looking up sources and reading this post. Thank you) and any other groups that harm any part of the disabled community. It worries and upsets Disability Wellness plenty, that there are organizations that want to harm such a wonderful community. The entirety of the disabled community is what makes up 15% of the world, and deserves better resources that can be mainstream and actually benefit the whole and parts of the community in any way possible.

If you ever come across fundable and good resources in your area, let us know by the way! Try to support them as best you can after you see what they’re about. They could possibly help you and your fellow disabled friends that need certain things, whether it be from accommodations to equipment they need to survive. You can make a difference.

On a lighter note, we greatly support the causes of self advocacy within the community, and any other organizations that actually benefit all parts of it (a good example of a self advocating and supportive organization is ASAN!). It would be amazing if you could help in any way towards this site and any other supportive organizations. If you happen to find any, please tell us!

If you have any questions or concerns about other values this site and blog holds, feel free to ask via Contacts info. Thank you!

– Mod Giorno