Do you identify as a person with a disability? I was asked this question, and it gave me some pause. I don’t know? Yes? Maybe not? When it comes to the word ‘disability’, perspective is very important. For me, it boils down to three perspectives. The first is that some people might not like the … Continue reading Do I Identify as a Person with a Disability?
October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM). NDEAM celebrates the contributions of workers with all types of disabilities and promotes the value of having a workplace that is inclusive to those workers. In honour of NDEAM, I decided to do a post about the workplace and accessibility – more specifically, about what an individual … Continue reading What Not to do in the Workplace
People with hearing loss can’t drive. “Turn left?” I ask, as my hands grip the steering wheel, my knuckles white. The cool, fall air coming through the open window in the driver’s seat ruffles my hair. Oscar, my driving instructor, sighs in exasperation and raises his feeble hands from his lap to point. “No, no, … Continue reading Driving Tests and Hearing Loss
Do you ever think about your past self and think, if I could go back and tell them something, what would it be? My mind always seems to go back to that question around my birthday. With the knowledge and experience that I have now, what would I tell my younger self? And which younger … Continue reading A Letter to my Past Self
Tomorrow marks two years since I met my boyfriend. I remember the date because it was the week before my birthday, and it was 30 degrees and I almost blacked out from heatstroke…in September. In Canada. A lot of things happened that day. But let’s backtrack for a second. I went on Bumble, swiped a … Continue reading Relationships and Hearing Loss
“Where are you from? You sound like you have a European accent?” “Oh! Yeah, um, actually no it’s not a European accent. It’s actually an accent I have because I have hearing loss, I guess. I was born without hearing, actually mild hearing but then I sorta lost it when I grew up and yeah…anyways, … Continue reading Telling People About My Hearing Loss
Seven years ago, I was sitting in the fifth row at a lecture hall in the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM). It was a vast room, with rows of tables and chairs that climbed up at least 100 rows to the back of the room. These tables and chairs faced a small podium at the … Continue reading Starting Post-Secondary Education with Hearing Loss