But that doesn't mean everyone is thrilled that the weather is cooling down — it's important to extend your knowledge to the phenomenon that is seasonal depression. A major difference is an intense need for sleep similar to a hibernation effect. When you go on a date, there are certain topics that are considered "taboo" to talk about. September is Suicide Awareness Month, providing an opportunity to raise awareness, further educate yourself, and remember the reality that mental illnesses present.
Yet it's critical to understand that suicide awareness is not an annual Instagram hashtag to use and forget. Actively advocating for mental health resources, progress in education, and a broken stigma is an everyday ask — an activity that we can each participate in. It's not uncommon to know someone — a family member, a friend, a classmate, a coworker — who died by suicide.
Between a pandemic, racial injustice, an impending election, and our "normal" lives, there's a lot going on. It's easy to become overwhelmed, without hope, and unsure of how to navigate the future.
This doesn't mean that you're stuck. These tactics do not serve as a fix-all for mental illnesses — don't hesitate to go see a doctor — but they do provide options that could bring a little light and stability into your day.
With numbers that back up the normalcy of mental struggles, the fact that there is still a stigma surrounding this conversation is unacceptable. You are never the only one fighting this battle. Show less mental health Trending Topics. Alondra, Florida Gulf Coast University 2. Sarah Jekabsons, Albany, New York 5. Abby Margaret, University of Hawaii at Manoa. Welcome back. Sign in to comment to your favorite stories, participate in your community and interact with your friends.
No account? Create one. Start writing a post. Faulkner University. This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator. Subscribe to our Newsletter. Just look how cuuuuute it is! Well, there's a festive spin on the classic properties so players can buy and trade places like Christmas tree farms and farmer's markets while the pieces take the shapes of different joyful objects like a Christmas tree and ice skates.
Keep Reading Show less. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Prior to that, I wanted to focus on school. I was assigned mask-checker shifts where I stood at the door for four hours and stared at the parking lot, counted the number of people in the store, and just reminded people to put on a mask.
They'd see me standing there, turn around to go back to their car to get a mask, pull one out of their purse, and or give me a dirty look. I was just doing my job. We give out free masks. You don't even have to pay or go out of your way. It's hard to do both cleaning and watching. People slip through and consider it an achievement. I'm not going to argue with people. I work in retail. I've seen all definitions of stupid. Go ahead, threaten to call corporate. Call corporate for all I care. You don't scare me.
But you make me mad. People have real health issues. You are risking their health by pretending yours is at risk. Your junk is not attractive. Put it away. That does not change, however, that wearing a mask in public is not a political choice.
It baffles me that people like to compare the right to own a gun with the right to not wear a mask. I've seen the see-through mask ads on social media. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem.
Return to Book Page. Neuman Editor. Prominent activists, academics, politicians, journalists, mothers, and daughters celebrate the indomitable spirit of the American woman and reflect on what democracy means to women's lives. Get A Copy. Hardcover , pages. Published May 2nd by Jossey-Bass first published May Although Mr Aw had stepped down from being President in he remained as an advisor to help with the transition to the new leadership. The main reasons he cited for leaving the disability sector were his health, his frustrations with the slow pace of change in disability policies, and with some managers in the sector.
After the article was published Mr Aw clarified that there were things he said that were not included in the article:. This is a chapter of my life which is filled with challenging but fond and wonderful memories which I will always cherish.
I have learnt so much about the disability sector and made so many friends, especially the ones who are different. On this article, I had said a lot more but it could not be published because of the need for brevity and what not.
I would like to therefore take this, my last ever post on this issue, to clarify some points. My comments on the sun ray program is not a generalization but a reference to the lack of heart in some of the sun rayians. Before addressing the topic at hand, the implementation and monitoring of the first human rights instrument of the 21st century, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities CRPD , I would like to make a couple of historical references.
It is important for those of you here, who may not have had the opportunity to experience the development of our recent human rights history in Canada, to know that CCD has been centrally involved in the inclusion of disability in the Equality Section S. Our provincial affiliates and other allied disability organizations have also participated actively and effectively to ensure strong protection of disability in provincial and territorial legislation. CCD continues to monitor human rights progress for persons with disabilities in Canada.
Following the inclusion of disability in the Charter , CCD, very often in collaboration with other human rights proponents and lawyers, has sought to make sure that equality and non-discrimination have not just stayed principles on paper, but are implemented to the benefit of Canadians with disabilities, both present and future.
Some examples of this effort are the following:. CCD has been a strong advocate of the Court Challenges Program and we remain committed to its re-establishment. CCD has intervened in numerous court cases or tribunals in order to bring to life the legal principles of equality and non-discrimination.
The final example of CCD's work—and this is important because it underlines the role of an always evolving political climate—is our effort to avoid the creation of a two-tier human rights system during the constitutional reform battles in the late 80's and early 90's.
CCD has also been active in promoting human rights at the international level. We played a strong role in the formulation and adoption of the Standard Rules on the Equalization of Opportunities for Persons with Disabilities. Notwithstanding the Standard Rules, other United Nations documents, and a brief reference to disability in the Universal Declaration of , by the late 90's, a consensus developed among disability and human rights advocates that persons with disabilities were invisible in the UN human rights system and processes.
This conclusion led to yet another call for the elaboration of a thematic convention to make sure that the international community agreed without equivocation that persons with disabilities enjoy fully all international human rights. CCD was very happy that initial hesitation on behalf of some states parties gave way to a wide agreement which saw the adoption of the UN Convention in December of It is acknowledged that instrumental in overcoming reluctance and moving forward was the participation of persons with disabilities, especially their representative democratic organizations, in New York, as well as in countries around the world.
It is of critical importance to point out that throughout this process, at every stage: the elaboration, the decision to sign, and the decision to ratify, CCD, CACL, and many others played a key role, always pushing forward. We expect that we will play a similar role in raising awareness about the meaning of the principles, as well as the specific measures of the Convention going forward. In addition, throughout the elaboration process, the Federal government worked with us to consult with the community.
We had the opportunity to comment on draft text and articulate our views. To a large extent, this collaborative and participatory approach enabled the Canadian delegation to make a positive contribution to the development of the final text.
The final text, in our view, is very strong. It combines sound human rights principles with specific measures intended to give effect to these principles. Second, because of the participatory model I mentioned above, and because of the strong Canadian constitutional and legal framework, the Convention bears unmistakable Canadian influence.
For example, Article 5 Equality and Non-discrimination , the first clause states:. Based on the experience of persons with disabilities and related research, CCD thinks that exclusion, poverty and isolation are a shared reality for too many of the Sadly, the outcomes are predictable.
We know that:. While progress has been made over the past 25 years, many Canadians with disabilities and their families continue to experience daily barriers to their full and equal participation in Canadian society. The personal, social and economic costs of exclusion are too high to be ignored. Immediate action is needed to address the high rates of poverty facing Canadians with disabilities and its causes and the lack of access to disability supports that perpetuate barriers and exclusion and keep people with disabilities and their families invisible and marginalized.
The above situation reflects a gap that exists between our Canadian vision as, for example, articulated in the Charter and by politicians from time to time and the lived experience of persons with disabilities. In fact, the gap between vision and lived experience is a gap between legal obligations, on the one hand, and programs, services, and practices, on the other.
The most recent Federal Court decision, regarding accessibility of federal government websites, constitutes an indisputable example of this gap. On Nov. The finding of the Federal Court is not news to the disability community.
Our hopes and expectations are that the Canadian governments will work with us to achieve, progressively, an Accessible and Inclusive Canada. The CRPD provides a concrete way whereby we can review and examine our programs and services. The questions we need to answer over the next few years are:. Let me emphasize that this question arises regardless of the CRPD.
For example, the In Unison framework signed by Canadian governments in speaks to this. It's something we have agreed on already in Canada officially and at a high level—First Ministers. Therefore, it would not suffice for us to say now: we are in compliance with CRPD, therefore, no substantial further action is required. Yes, we are in legal compliance, but our practices, programs and services are not in compliance.
I believe that this approach is very reasonable and consistent with the actions that have enabled us to make progress to this point. The Hon. Diane Finley, who is responsible for disability issues, speaking on November 25th this year, said that:. Bridging the existing gap involves reviewing existing programs, services, systems and practices, using both our domestic and international legal frameworks as lenses.
The CRPD, being a recently formulated document and being the result of collective contributions by both states parties and especially persons with disabilities, provides an excellent up-to-date guide by which we can take very specific steps. All of the issues I raised above, for example, poverty, exclusion, unemployment, lack of disabilities supports, particular disadvantage of women with disabilities, violence, children's issues and education, can be improved if we move to bring our programs, services, systems and practices into compliance with the measures set out in particular CRPD articles.
In moving forward, in addition to the article regarding the purpose of the CRPD, article 4 on general obligation as a whole, and article 5 already mentioned , there are three other overriding principles that I want to flag. In Article 4. This is recognition of the irreplaceable contribution persons with disabilities have made to the progress we have achieved so far. It is also recognition of the determination of persons with disabilities never again to be objects of the actions of others.
In New York, this principle was articulated as: "nothing about us without us". Based on 4. Second, the progressive realization principle in article 4. This provision is not to be read as a permanent postponement loophole. The article itself calls for "full realization". This is another clear community expectation. Third, in support of the "constant progress" expectation, let me refer to two other provisions of the CRPD.
First, in the purpose of the Convention, it is clearly agreed that "the purpose of the present Convention is to promote, protect and ensure the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights…" emphasis added Second, Article 28 "adequate standard of living and social protection", a key article regarding economic and social rights, provides, among others, that:.
States parties recognize the right of persons with disabilities to an adequate standard of living for themselves and their families, including adequate food, clothing and housing, and to the continuous improvement of living conditions,"… emphasis added. I think these provisions of CRPD validate the expectation of persons with disabilities, that socio-economic progress is imperative.
Article 33 addresses both implementation and monitoring. However, we believe strongly that we are still in the beginning. We think that a more senior—perhaps a cabinet-level committee—is required if CRPD implementation is to proceed in a robust manner.
While we had some discussions with officials, we have not yet really been engaged yet on these issues. Our expectations and what we will be pushing for in the next months are: that solid transparent coordination mechanisms be put in place, that appropriate resource allocations be made, and that persons with disabilities participate actively in the appropriate processes. While there are other specific articles and measures that, no doubt, we will address in future opportunities, I want, before moving to monitoring, to mention article Article 12 is very important for many reasons.
Nevertheless, I want to make a couple of quick points: First, through the content of article 12, states parties recognize that persons with disabilities enjoy legal capacity on an equal basis with others in all aspects of life. This includes the capacity to act. States also undertake to provide support for the exercise of legal capacity by persons with disabilities.
Second, it is important to recognize that the Canadian delegation and, in particular, Dulcie, contributed to the formulation of this article. It may not be widely known that this article was negotiated up until the closing moments of the negotiation process. It is my understanding that the Canadian delegation played a very positive role in ensuring that the final wording was as progressive as possible.
The disability community places a great deal of importance on the monitoring process and methods. We know that the long-term advancement of our issues will depend upon appropriate mechanisms being established to ensure good implementation and monitoring processes are in place.
We will work hard to make sure that the full range of methods contained in article 33 are implemented. This means independent mechanisms, including appropriately resourced roles for human rights commissions. Government auditing mechanisms, as well as parliamentary committees may be other options. We are especially pleased with the role of civil society and, in particular, of persons with disabilities in monitoring contemplated by CRPD. We will be pursuing the implementation of this part.
I cannot, at this point, report any concrete progress, but, I can assure you, we will insist on its full implementation. Other countries have already taken concrete steps in this respect. A recent and very encouraging approach has been adopted in New Zealand, where the government has funded a coalition of six disability organizations to monitor implementation. This responds very concretely to I want to close by reiterating that, in our view, the CRPD is a very useful instrument, bringing together human rights principles and specific measures to be adopted to the benefit of society, including persons with disabilities.
The participation of persons with disabilities has been key in its elaboration and will be key in its implementation and monitoring. Ratification, above all, means that our political leaders must translate their rhetorical support into concrete, results-oriented action. This means going beyond current processes and mechanisms, and, yes, allocating necessary resources. Let me close by quoting Prime Minister Harper who stated on September 21st this year speaking at the United Nations that:.
Less about lofty promises than real results. Question: Vangelis, what career path have you followed and how has it brought you back to CCD? Vangelis: While this is the first time that I am joining the CCD staff a very exciting development for me , in a way I have never left CCD ever since I first became associated with the organization in the early 80's. These and other similar involvements proved very significant both in my work life and in my personal development. I would say to people reading this article—especially younger ones—that becoming involved in grassroots organizations is a very rewarding experience, notwithstanding the occasional frustration.
What brought me "home" on a fulltime basis is the interaction with many colleagues, the learning, the successes, even the setbacks and the mistakes. And, above all, the hope for continuous progress. Continuous progress is one of the overarching principles of CRPD and the key guarantor of its realization is the effective participation of persons with disabilities.
CCD is the organized voice of Canadians with disabilities. Does the CRPD have any components that reflect the fact that Canadians helped craft this international law? Vangelis: Canadians, both at the level of the official delegation and through the NGO community, participated very actively throughout the elaboration process.
In fact, we were one of the first official delegations to include persons with disabilities, including representatives of disability organizations. We intervened on every article and we did so throughout the process. At the same time, in preparation for each negotiating session, we worked with CCD and other interested groups by reviewing issues and even specific wording. This approach proved very useful.
On the key concepts of equality and nondiscrimination, we drew heavily on the language of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. We relied a lot on our experience in Canada when dealing with the challenges of the definition of disability debate article 1 and paragraph e of the CRPD Preamble.
The "evolving concept" of disability and the "effective participation" formulation are, to a large extent, though not exclusively, due to our efforts. The Canadian delegation had the lead on article 12, which reaffirms that "persons with disabilities have the right to recognition everywhere as persons before the law".
In article 12, we succeeded in finding language that, it is hoped, will make a positive difference in the lives of many people the world over. We also led successfully in seeking balanced and acceptable wording on article 24 concerning inclusive education. The inclusion of "accessibility" as a principle in article 3 and the "peer support" language in article 26 on rehabilitation came directly from the Canadian delegation. On article 4, for example, in relation to the general obligation of states parties to consult with representative organizations in policy development, again we worked with other likeminded participants.
In doing so, we relied on our experience in Canada going back to the 70's and 80's. In fact, early on, there was a memorable moment when some states were resisting the extent to which the NGO community was participating in the proceedings. Our head of delegation at the time, Gilbert Laurin, made a passionate intervention in favor of strong participation by disability organizations.
This intervention caused almost the entire "humanity" gathered in room 4 of the UN Building to explode in applause, and the recalcitrant states to seek a face-saving way of not insisting on their approach. The participation of persons with disabilities has been immortalized in the motto: "nothing about us without us". As I mentioned it's one of the state obligations in article 4. It's also an innovation in terms of monitoring of international instruments as it is written into article 33 concerning monitoring and reporting.
The difficulty on the role of non-state participants had been brewing for a while and we were deliberating about the Canadian intervention. Our "spectacular" intervention did not come out of the blue, so to speak.
We relied on Canadian history. For example, I remembered during those discussions the effective participation by Jim Derksen in the Obstacles process. I kept in mind Alan Simpson's relentless wheeling up to the microphone during the endless constitutional conferences in the early 90's.
Alan always urged us never to miss an opportunity to raise disability rights. The problem of "invisibility" of persons with disabilities was not new. I recall in the mid 90's we were worried about the absence of any reference to disability in a draft document leading to the Social Summit that took place in Copenhagen. Laurie sent me to New York to see what we could do during one of the preparatory meetings.
CCD found an accessible version of the draft document. Working with other disability representatives, we managed to get the Canadian Mission to help in including disability references in the next draft. The wording of CRPD reflects a collective effort. It is negotiated language. This means that all of us had to put some water in our wine. To the extent that interpretations or corrections will be needed in the future, I think the built-in role of persons with disabilities will be the safety valve to ensure that changes will be appropriate.
What does this mean for Canadians with disabilities? Vangelis: By ratifying the CRPD following consultations with the provinces and at the unanimous urging of the House of Commons, Canada has reaffirmed our adherence as a country to the principles and aspirations of the first international human rights instrument of the 21st century.
Of equal significance, Canada has agreed to the importance of the specific measures contained in CRPD, measures which are intended to give effect to the principles and ideals in CRPD. In practice, this means that as a country, we now must embark on a process of becoming more familiar with the specifics of CRPD. We must review our existing programs and services using CRPD as a lens. It also means that we must, over time, put into place operational policies and programs in support of the paradigm shift the Convention entails.
One of the key principles of CRPD is: "Respect for difference and acceptance of persons with disabilities as part of human diversity and humanity". Accessible transportation and information systems, for example, can no longer be considered by designers, producers and service providers as exceptions.
Besides, Canadian substantive equality and human rights principles have already set us in this direction. We have now reaffirmed that this is where we are going. If I can speak personally for a moment about the practical implication of the above principle, I would say that over the years I have worked and have been active in various settings.
CCD distinguishes itself in that it applies the principle of accessibility and acceptance. Question: What are some key milestones that Canadians with disabilities watch for as the Government of Canada begins to address its obligations under the CRPD?
Vangelis: In fulfillment of article 35, Canada must submit a comprehensive report in April The credibility of this report and its effectiveness as a basis on which we are going to make progress and measure it in the future will be greatly enhanced through engagement of the disability community.
The implementation of CRPD entails putting in place appropriate mechanisms of reviewing existing policies and programs, planning actions, monitoring and evaluating results, reporting information about the progress we make.
All this has to happen with the involvement of the disability community and in cooperation with the provinces and territories.A Voice of Our Own. BBC World Service, At present this site reflects the contents of the published Radio Times BBC listings. We will retain information submitted to us for possible future use, to help fill in gaps in the data and to help us bring the BBC’s broadcast history to life, but we will not be publishing it at this.