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Characters who incidentally have an illness or disability?

Can anybody give me some examples of characters in film, television, or literature who incidentally have an illness or disability (i.e., their illness or disability does not somehow become a central plot device)? [more inside]
posted by gemutlichkeit on Nov 17, 2015 - 66 answers

I believe my husband was treated in a neglient matter by NYC AAR.

Hi all - My husband came in the door today shaken. His AAR (Access-A-Ride) trip home today involved a driver who "handled him roughly", a torn sweater, and a one-inch piece of plastic hanging out of said sweater. I think this is potentially a case of negligence. More inside. [more inside]
posted by carmenghia on Nov 16, 2015 - 7 answers

Is the management obligated to pay for a hotel during this construction?

I live in an apartment with my sister. We got a notice on our door this morning that in 48 hours construction workers are coming to completely replace both windows, and both balcony doors between 8am to 5pm on Wednesday. The notice suggests all residents just be out of their apartments during this time (and cover furniture with sheets because of the dust) but we both can't for so many reasons. [more inside]
posted by tachikoma_robot on Nov 16, 2015 - 4 answers

When should I reveal a minor disability to a potential mate?

I have a minor disability that limits my mobility somewhat. It's not immediately visible, so you wouldn't know about it unless I told you. I'm just now starting to date again. At what point should I tell a potential mate that I have this disability, and what is a good way to address the subject? [more inside]
posted by Sloop John B on Nov 16, 2015 - 24 answers

How personal should a grad school personal statement be?

Applying to grad schools -- I've accomplished a lot, but I've also been through a lot. How do I talk about the latter in the personal statement, if at all? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 10, 2015 - 13 answers

What are the risks for the elderly of sitting in a wheelchair?

Unfortunately my grandmother (85) suffered a stroke which left her left arm and leg paralyzed and required that she be in a nursing home. Although she initially could still walk, she now spends most of her day in bed. I would like to try to get her to sit in a wheelchair. The nursing home, however, is against this for reasons I'm not sure make sense. What can I do? [more inside]
posted by strekker on Oct 22, 2015 - 15 answers

What is it like to be in a partnership where one person has limited mobility?

What are the adaptations in your house that you've made to make your life a little easier (e.g., walk-in shower, service dog)? Is the limited mobility something you think about every day, or does it just become a part of your life after a while? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 14, 2015 - 12 answers

"Disabilities" required to perform a specific job

What are some examples of conditions normally considered disabilities that are requirements for specific jobs? [more inside]
posted by quarantine on Oct 8, 2015 - 24 answers

I'm on disability, and was told to resign. I feel I was verbally abused.

I'm on disability and am on SSI, for auditory processing disorder and bipolar among other things. The boss at my retail store told me he doesn't want me anymore, and said things that i view as harassment, especially since they knew i was disabled when they hired me. My self-esteem is shattered and my depression is back in large part because of these events. I'd like to hear some ideas as to how to proceed with this and what my options are since I feel I was abused. Should I get a lawyer/etc? [more inside]
posted by Thanquol180 on Oct 7, 2015 - 22 answers

Resources for scooter accessibility in NYC

Someone I know is moving closer to NYC soon and is looking for information about how to best navigate the city. She is confined to a scooter and has extremely limited mobility. What resources can I give her? This would be more for periodic visits, not day-to-day commuting. I already know about the MTA's homepage for accessibility and the Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities. What else is there? [more inside]
posted by Wretch729 on Sep 28, 2015 - 2 answers

Does my dad need a lawyer to retire early?

Ideally, he needs to get VRS diasbility and SS disability. [more inside]
posted by jander03 on Sep 8, 2015 - 8 answers

I Don't Like You That Way: Love, Sex and Dating On Four Wheels

What do you do about your fear of intimacy and your lack of potential sutiors when you're a virgin at 25 and universally held to have the sexuality of a potato? [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on Aug 30, 2015 - 35 answers

Expert in educating those with mobility disabilities per ADA 508 stds

We're need an expert, but don't know where to look. [more inside]
posted by jander03 on Aug 24, 2015 - 8 answers

Going on a date. He uses a wheelchair. Help me not be an idiot.

I have a date coming up with a man who uses a wheelchair. He is super funny and smart and super hot. I have never dated someone who uses a wheelchair. In fact, I've never even known someone who uses a wheelchair. Help me not screw it up! [more inside]
posted by dinnerdance on Aug 15, 2015 - 29 answers

She's slow but not stupid

How does a young adult with a mild intellectual disability navigate the world? Is there a way to let people understand that she just needs simpler and clearer words but otherwise her IQ is average? [more inside]
posted by Coffeetyme on Aug 2, 2015 - 13 answers

How to DTMFA....when they are disabled

How to end a relationship with a partner who is physically dependent on you? How to deal with the guilt? [more inside]
posted by yawper on Jul 31, 2015 - 20 answers

Trusts - what are they and how do they work? Califorina Edition.

My adult brother has no income save my parents' monthly stipend. He is unable/unwilling to work. When they pass away, if he receives half their estate (which is not super large), he is likely to spend it all at once and then be without income or means of support. I am asking my parents to change their will to give my brother support for the longest time, so that he is not disabled and homeless on the streets as an older man, and so that I can minimize the impact on my own finances. What kinds of trusts or other legal mechanisms exist to help with the long term financial stability of a legally "competent" but life-skills-wise not competent adult? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 3, 2015 - 12 answers

I need a job. I want a job. But I don't *want* a job

So I've been out of college ( psych and neuroscience BA) for two years now. I have very little experience beyond the classroom ( VERY little), no salient passions, and a physical disability. I have a history of depression and ADD-like symptoms. It's time for me to work- I can't afford to live on 500 a month from the government. But how do I get a job when even filling out job applications and customizing the resume to each job feels like slow torture? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 1, 2015 - 12 answers

Suggestions for gentle exercises after period of bed rest

I need advice about very gentle exercises and reconditioning after a long period of bed rest. I have a heart condition and have been very inactive for years. Recently my heart problem got somewhat better. Now I can do very light exercises. But even very gentle exercise can be a problem for me. I need advice about reconditioning safely. Also I would like suggestions for websites, books or other resources for people recovering after long periods of bed rest who are severely deconditioned. [more inside]
posted by Cinnamon Bear on Jun 30, 2015 - 15 answers

parents hated my boyfriend, but love my sister's boyfriend

My parents didn't accept my boyfriend for about six of the seven years that we've been dating due to his physical disability. Now my younger sister has a new boyfriend whom my parents wholly and happily accept, and as childish as this is, this is bringing up all sorts of unpleasant feelings. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 29, 2015 - 9 answers

Is the Hitachi Magic Wand right for my wife who has a frozen shoulder?

My partner has a frozen shoulder and cannot self-service. I’d like to help, but is this the right device? Obviously very NSFW details inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 9, 2015 - 19 answers

Eldercare in-home physical therapy/massage in Montreal

My mother has an advanced form of dementia that includes severe physical deterioration. She holds parts of her body very rigid and her caregivers say she is getting increasingly stiff. I’ve been thinking that there has to be a niche for a practitioner who would come to her nursing home and administer some kind of massage that would help relax and maybe assuage the stiffness of someone who is essentially bed/chair bound. [more inside]
posted by Salamandrous on May 30, 2015 - 4 answers

How to deal with hostile, but passive-aggressive, coworker?

I recently took some disability-related work accomodations and time off. This pissed off a coworker of mine, who doesn't think I should get accomodations for a disability she doesn't think is that serious. Since then, she's been treating me badly at work and taking passive-aggressive action against me. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by corb on May 21, 2015 - 31 answers

How to survive an urgent home-hunt in LA, as a recently disabled person?

ARGH! MOVING! I have less than 2 months to vacate my apartment, and find a new place in Los Angeles. I've moved about a dozen times over the years, but THIS time I don't even know where to begin, because all the stuff I took for granted before requires physical fitness that I no longer have, and I'm running out of time. Could use some advice! [more inside]
posted by jake on May 15, 2015 - 12 answers

Federal Employment Program for Persons with Disabilities

I'm on a low-level job hunt - I have a decent job, but I'd like to relocate closer to my family sometime in the next couple years. I'm also HIV+. I've never been sick and never considered myself 'disabled.' However, I just learned that being positive might qualify me for non-competitive recruitment for positions I'm applying for under the Federal Employment Program for Persons with Disabilities. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 12, 2015 - 3 answers

Good toys/climby things for newly three-legged cat?

My mum's boisterous siamese The Lola was recently hit by a car, and had to have a broken leg amputated (pinning was deemed unlikely to work). I'm going to be watching her house next week and I'm assuming The Lola's usual physical pastime of climbing on the roof is not going to be very viable anymore. Given she's likely to have recovered from the surgery by then, what are some playthings that might be good to cheer her up/tire her out while she doesn't have full balance back yet? [more inside]
posted by solarion on Mar 24, 2015 - 12 answers

How to pick a wheel chair? [extra challenge: wrist pain]

My boyfriend has ankle pain that prevents him from doing much walking. This has trapped him in our apartment for nearly a year now. We want to buy a wheelchair so he can go do things again, but don't know how to pick one. [more inside]
posted by triscuit on Mar 24, 2015 - 24 answers

Good At-Home Jobs for the Disabled

Hi, I struggle with chronic illness and disability and have one very part-time job that I split my time between attending in person and working from home. I need to bring in some more money, however, though I'm not expecting anything grand income wise. Ideally I'm looking for jobs that have enough work available that you can sign in or pick up an hour or two or three of work without the obligation of sticking to meeting a set schedule each week. It's hard because my illness is so unpredictable. Any ideas would be appreciated. [more inside]
posted by Goldfinch on Mar 20, 2015 - 6 answers

Robotics for simple tasks?

Any suggestions for a commercially available robot that could perform simple delivery tasks? [more inside]
posted by el_lupino on Mar 16, 2015 - 10 answers

Harassment from boss at work. How should my friend go about this?

I am asking this question for my friend, who is in his thirties. He says he is having issues with his boss at work. He works in retail, and has an auditory processing disorder (he got hired because of SSI). He feels she is insinuating that he is incompetent at his job in front of coworkers, and he is never able to say anything back because his brain freezes up. He wants to quit. How should he handle this situation? [more inside]
posted by BuddyBoo on Mar 15, 2015 - 12 answers

I'm pretty sure I'm unemployable. Hope me?

I'm so incredibly tired of using up questions on this topic, but I need a fill-up on motivation and ideas about where to go from here. You'll know from seeing previous questions of mine that I've been looking for my first job for the better part of two years now. I've received wonderful advice each and every time, but I never really started putting it to good use until about six months ago ( depression, ADD, etc etc). The problem? It's been six. damn. months. and I haven't gotten so much as a call or an email back. From anywhere. What am I doing wrong, what reasons are there to keep trying, and how do I keep myself from going insane when it feels like all my resumes, cover letters and emails end up being sucked into a black hole? [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on Mar 13, 2015 - 38 answers

Demonstrating How Accommodations Help Kids on IEPs

I'm putting together a 1 hour training for new teachers who have little understanding of disabilities and how they affect teens in the classroom. Although I do annual presentations about this, I'd love to mix it up, make it more hands-on and understandable. [more inside]
posted by kinetic on Mar 5, 2015 - 8 answers

How to handle extended illness when your company has no leave policy?

I wrote this question at the beginning of February about how bad my mental health had gotten. Since then, I went to the ER and was voluntarily hospitalized in an inpatient psych unit for a week - I just got out on Wednesday. Since then I've been in a partial hospitalization program, which may go on for another 2-4 weeks. My office has told me that they want me to do everything I need to do to take care of myself and get better, but the official policies are not backing that up. How do I manage my time off? [more inside]
posted by Neely O'Hara on Mar 3, 2015 - 9 answers

Non-boilerplate resume help, on the double!

Yay! Almost a year after taking the NYS Civil Service/Professional exam, I finally got my first canvass letter, from the NYS Insurance Fund, asking me about my interest in being considered for a Personnel Administration traineeship. Going by my previous questions, you might imagine that I'm VERY, VERY interested.. They want a resume before they'll even consider an interview. That's a problem. [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on Dec 21, 2014 - 8 answers

I really am a people person. Really. But go away.

YANMT, but maybe you can help me figure out why I push away the very people I'd like to get to know better, both in romantic and platonic capacities. I'm asking as sort of a follow-up to this question but I really wanted help exploring that specific facet of things a little more deeply. Snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on Dec 12, 2014 - 10 answers

Imposter syndrome on a massive scale

I'll be turning 25 in two months' time. For a variety of reasons, some of which can be teased out with a thorough reading of my ask history ( chief among them the fall-out of a cerebral palsy diagnosis, namely a llifelong sense of otherness and a lack of familiarity with what it means to be the author of one's own life), I feel like there's a huge discrepancy between that number and the ccoping skills, initative, emotional balance and vision for the future that I have to show for it ( a lack thereof, in my case). How do I adult when I feel so stunted? Vaguely Freudian wall of snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on Nov 2, 2014 - 14 answers

The little engine that couldn't.

I have grad school. I have lupus. The two are not friends. Help me to start asking for accommodations when needed despite resistance. [more inside]
posted by batbat on Nov 2, 2014 - 13 answers

Intersecionality and bodies

I'd like to read about the intersection of bodies, disability, race, gender, and class. All writing (and other?) genres welcome. [more inside]
posted by latkes on Sep 25, 2014 - 7 answers

Self- sabotage: A beast with two heads

For the past few years, I've had to deal with what seems like procrastination's more stubborn cousin. It's not just a tendency to put things off- it feels like a visceral, physically-manifested resistance to doing things that should involve no forethought in terms of effort whatsoever, or that do, but that would only serve to help me better myself if I managed to get them done. [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on Sep 18, 2014 - 19 answers

Income or Skills for Disabled Student?

In March, I had a stroke the week before Winter Quarter finals and it resulted in right hemi weakness. I have made lots of good progress in recovery and continue going to physical therapy, but after a summer of my savings being eaten by medical bills, I am trying to figure out ways to make some money. My circumstances make that difficult. Details within. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 17, 2014 - 10 answers

Helping my mom get disability

My mom has been attempting to get disability for a while, and it won't happen. She has a paralyzed leg, and has lost feeling and fine motor control in her fingers. She has finally heard that a retirement account that she can't access seems to be the problem. [more inside]
posted by FireballForever on Sep 8, 2014 - 21 answers

I'm done asking this but.... Hope me with jobs?

The situation that prompted one of my first questions on AskMe is unfortunately still relevant. Logistics have improved, my depression is....eh. I'm 25 now and have been out of undergrad for over a year. This is my resume . Ignore the crappy formatting, but... [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on Aug 30, 2014 - 11 answers

How to talk to my parents about my special needs brother

I (24yo F) live independently here in DC and have a good life. I have a great full-time job that pays pretty well for someone my age, go to grad school part time, and have a happy social life. I have an excellent relationship with my parents, but I need to talk to them about how my special needs sibling (21yo M) affects my life in the present and the future. I get along very well with my parents, but I'm not sure how to broach this topic in a way that is productive and respectful. [more inside]
posted by schroedingersgirl on Aug 19, 2014 - 24 answers

Disability lawyer fiasco, I need to know my options

I recently moved from one state to another and was in the middle of applying for disability, but that's not where the story begins. It starts with deception and a long wait that didn't need to happen (long story inside). [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 18, 2014 - 11 answers

Travel destinations/activities with a broken collarbone

A last-minute injury put a halt on our planned anniversary travel. What is the most fun/exciting/interesting/relaxing place we can go or thing we can do instead, given our limitations? [more inside]
posted by zadermatermorts on Aug 17, 2014 - 10 answers

Life changes for the... difficult brain.

I'm not happy with the way I look or feel. I haven't been for a long time. I'm severely overweight, have high blood pressure with a family history of heart disease and diabetes, wake up with back pain every morning, have zero energy if it doesn't come in the form of an energy drink or shot, and just generally look like hell. What can I do to lose over 80 lbs and get myself to a healthy BMI for a 24yo 5'8' male when my brain acts like it really, really just wants to have me die of a heart attack by 35? Snowstorm inside. [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on Aug 15, 2014 - 34 answers

Financial crisis when I have awful credit and am too sick to work

I posted here about my financial situation of being on disability for mental health reasons. Right now my PTSD symptoms are huge and all-consuming, so I am not able to accomplish much at all. However, I'm hitting a financial crisis point and need to find some remedy. My credit is too bad to get any kind of loan and I don't know who I could ask for one personally. Do you have any suggestions?
posted by mermaidcafe on Aug 15, 2014 - 9 answers

How To Fly When Walking is a Challenge

Do you have any tips for flying with an injury or pain? What have your experiences been? [more inside]
posted by Eolienne on Aug 12, 2014 - 9 answers

I can put together words so that they sound nice. I can't write. Why?

All my life, people have complimented me on my abiity to write well. In middle and high school, it was writing good chapter summaries, literary analyses and essays for homework using flowery language. In college, it became about construction and the flow of ideas, and I found myself to be reasonably adept at that as well. I'm currently jobless ( looking for my first job at 25), and when people chime in with suggestions on how to fix that, they can't understand why I poo-poo the idea of writing professionally out of hand. Help me develop my writerly mind and get myself out of the English class for good. [more inside]
posted by marsbar77 on Aug 7, 2014 - 25 answers

Hands-free Assistive Technology For Technology

I'm looking for suggestions of ways to interact with technology that doesn't use hands. For the past year and a half, I've been suffering from hand and wrist pain. I've seen multiple doctors with no resolution yet. So I'm looking for some suggestions on how to use technology and not aggravate the condition. [more inside]
posted by [insert clever name here] on Aug 6, 2014 - 7 answers

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