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Advice for air travel with power wheelchair

We are flying for the first time with my daughter's power wheelchair, and could use some advice to make sure the chair gets to our destination, and home again, in one piece, while making life easy for baggage handlers. [more inside]
posted by valleys on Jan 5, 2017 - 6 answers

Roadblocks toward independence

I've got a 12-year-old girl on the spectrum with a raft of other mental health issues. It's difficult for her to maintain self-control and my wife and I have recently decided to progressively increase the risk of her melting down by not removing what we identify as obvious irritants, or by diffusing potentially upsetting situations. Have you tried this with someone you love with a disability? Can you offer potential avoidable pitfalls or strategies? [more inside]
posted by Stanczyk on Jan 4, 2017 - 19 answers

How do I research assisted living for a disabled adult on Medicaid?

Where do I start in finding a dog-friendly facility that takes Medicaid, for a non-senior disabled adult who needs to move to an assisted living facility? My sister is in her mid-40s, physically disabled, and now mostly bedridden. An important caveat for this search is that she is ADAMANT that her medium-sized dog must come with her. [more inside]
posted by Jennifer S. on Jan 4, 2017 - 9 answers

Has anyone ever received disability accomodation for deadlines?

It seems like nearly every organization you can interact with has some form of deadlines - payment periods, responses needed, return-by dates, applications, tickets, etc. These deadlines - and more specifically, dealing with time crunches - always seem to play merry hell with people with mental health disabilities, particularly when times enter dark periods. Has anyone ever heard of someone arguing, successfully or otherwise, either privately or in court, that disability accomodation should apply to mental health as well for these scenarios? [more inside]
posted by corb on Nov 29, 2016 - 9 answers

Retire in Canada with no car and a disabled daughter - where?

What are some places in Canada that meet the following three needs? 1. Walkable. No car needed for daily life. 2. Affordable. Housing and groceries can be managed on a modest income. 3. Great disability services for kids and adults with developmental disabilities/Down's/FAS/etc. [more inside]
posted by clawsoon on Nov 24, 2016 - 22 answers

Quantifying economic outcomes for whites of minority-targeted programs

In personal experience, many programs notionally or popularly perceived to be aimed or benefiting primarily minorities end up making me (white dude) better off as well, e.g. Section 8 housing assistance. I'm trying to identify data and research sources that either support or diminish this claim. [more inside]
posted by klangklangston on Nov 23, 2016 - 9 answers

Best practices on labeling spaces as "accessible"

Is there a generally accepted standard for how wheelchair-accessible a space has to be to "count"? I'm adding accessibility information to the website for a series of monthly events in a number of different spaces. Many of these are kinda-sorta accessible but with serious caveats: "There's a ramp next to the side door, but the organizer needs to remember to unlock the side door and they sometimes forget and there's no doorbell" or "The event itself is on the accessible ground floor but bathrooms and the meal afterwards are in the inaccessible basement" or whatever. (There's a lot of venues, so I'd really like general advice and not just judgments on these two specific examples.)
posted by nebulawindphone on Nov 15, 2016 - 20 answers

Stay, go, something else entirely?

A few months ago I had to leave my apartment in a new city and move back in with my parents due to illness. Do I move back to apartment alone in unfamiliar city where I don't know people and hope I can somehow cope, some third option I haven't thought of yet? Hope and suggestions please? [more inside]
posted by bizarrenacle on Nov 6, 2016 - 17 answers

Tiny Little Company, Great Big Surgical Procedure

How do I tell my bosses about an impending surgical procedure I will be receiving? We are a tiny company, we are very busy, the procedure is pretty big, and I will be out of commission for a good while. Also: the procedure itself COULD be considered "elective" (but kinda isn't). Iodine-swabbed snowflakes inside. [more inside]
posted by julthumbscrew on Oct 18, 2016 - 25 answers

This merry-go-round sure is fun but I'd like to get off now.

Well, I have a few really awesome problems that I would completely recommend to anyone. I would suggest you try any of, or especially the full combination of, the following:
  • Chronic illness
  • No social network
  • Mental illness
  • Geographic dislocation
  • My question: how do I build a decent life? Or start in that direction, in a stable way that won't fall apart in a light breeze. Again. [more inside]
    posted by bizarrenacle on Oct 9, 2016 - 8 answers

    Appealing SDI denial, how to get forgiveness for filing late

    I've been denied California short-term SDI benefits because I filed too late. I relucantly filed at all because I now desperately need the money, so I must appeal. How best can I phrase my appeal to get my best chance at a reversal? [more inside]
    posted by anonymous on Sep 24, 2016 - 4 answers

    Terminal Brain Cancer When You're Down and Out

    My roommate's partner, who is a close friend of mine, has stage III terminal brain cancer. He has been symptom free for almost a year but he has recently been showing signs of the cancer advancing, including seizures. He is terrified of dealing with the system of getting treatment, and has been turned down for disability even though he is unable to work because of the cancer. How can we help? [more inside]
    posted by ananci on Sep 23, 2016 - 10 answers

    Where to do a family dinner in Toronto, with a moblity impaired senior?

    My brother is turning 60 in late November, so we want to do a family dinner out. There will be 3 siblings and spouses, 4 teens 15-19, one a vegetarian, and our mother. She's 89 years old, with very limited mobility. (walker with help, but no wheelchair) [more inside]
    posted by Pablo MacWilliams on Sep 22, 2016 - 4 answers

    What's a polite way to tell a stranger you don't want to talk?

    Is there a polite and/or likely-to-lead-to-good-results way to say to a stranger in a supermarket queue who is trying to make chit-chat with you about your day while her groceries are being rung up and you're next in line: "Look, I get that you're trying to be friendly, but I am utterly exhausted, and if I talk to you, I'll be too tired to get home safely." [more inside]
    posted by Sockpuppets 'R' Us on Sep 19, 2016 - 56 answers

    Lakes District or Inner Hebrides?

    Ms. Window and I are heading to Scotland and The North in mid-October. We have a chance to spend two days in the Lakes District or two days on Mull and Iona, islands of the Inner Hebrides. Which should we select? Difficulty: Ms. Window has trouble walking long distances and for long durations, so we'll be bringing her electric mobility scooter. [more inside]
    posted by infinitewindow on Sep 17, 2016 - 8 answers

    How to Reenter the Workforce after 5 years, with Disability?

    I stopped working just about 5 years ago due to a medical condition. Much to my surprise, I'm actually starting to physically do better, and I want to go back to work. But I do still have some limitations. I'm not sure how one navigates going back to work in a fast moving field after a prolonged absence. Add difficulty level of not sure how to navigate the disability and physical limitations part of it. Field Web/UX. [more inside]
    posted by [insert clever name here] on Aug 30, 2016 - 7 answers

    Are there any books about coping with getting well?

    There are lots of books, both memoirs and self-help, about coping with an illness or new disability. Are there any about the opposite: how to adapt when you get well after a long illness? [more inside]
    posted by not that girl on Aug 29, 2016 - 7 answers

    Talking to you, not at you.

    After this question, I resolved to do what I could to change my situation. I'm struggling, but managing, to be less aware of my inner monologue and more focused on using new strategies for conversation. But it *is* still very much a conscious process. I feel an almost physical pressure to talk exclusively about myself, and exclusively about struggle. I have to force myself to ask follow-up questions, to laugh even when things are genuinely funny. It's so rare that the volume of my self-talk lowers and I'm able to enjoy interactions for what they are. [more inside]
    posted by marsbar77 on Aug 27, 2016 - 13 answers

    Getting a part-time job with major health problems

    I need a job where I can make $1000 a month after taxes. The catch? I have serious health problems and limited skills. Much more info inside. [more inside]
    posted by dork enlightenment on Aug 20, 2016 - 12 answers

    Horror fiction that touches on themes of disability and the environment

    I'm making a reading list for a professor and I am hitting a wall finding good material. I need fiction (long or short) that can be categorized (even very loosely) as horror, and that engages with themes of disability AND environmental sustainability. [more inside]
    posted by pretentious illiterate on Aug 15, 2016 - 21 answers

    How do you cope with feeling inadequate while dating with a disability?

    As a disabled person, how do you keep your head up when you're dating, and deal with negative self-talk and feelings of inadequacy? Essentially, how do you cope with - or even stop - feeling like, basically, no matter how awesome you might be or how much you accomplish, you're nobody's first choice? [more inside]
    posted by anonymous on Aug 12, 2016 - 24 answers

    Disclosing a Disability?

    With some job applications, there's a form that you fill out disclosing whether or not you have a disability. I've been wondering if I should fill that out. [more inside]
    posted by Puck Soppet on Jul 26, 2016 - 17 answers

    Letter-writing to someone with learning difficulties - image font?

    I have seen text written for differently-abled kids with a very low level of reading ability, where each word had a symbol over it. For example, "good" might have a thumbs-up or a smiley face over it; "see" might have an eye with an arrow, or something. I've searched but google is failing me. Does anyone know of any online facility to generate text like this? [more inside]
    posted by greenish on Jul 25, 2016 - 8 answers

    Online Forums / Support Groups for Chronic Illness & Disability?

    I have a chronic illness (fibromyalgia) and identify as disabled. I am going through a more-than-usually rough flare, and need to reach out to others who understand the chronic/disability life. Please recommend me online forums, support groups, podcasts, $resources to feel less isolated! [NB List of relevant podcasts inside, for interested parties.] [more inside]
    posted by thetarium on Jul 15, 2016 - 7 answers

    How should I decide when I became unemployed (...or who should I ask?)

    How should I decide when I became unemployed (...or who should I ask?) [more inside]
    posted by anonymous on Jun 29, 2016 - 1 answer

    Over the river, through the woods but NOT to grandmother's house we go

    We have time off from work the week of the American Thanksgiving (late November) and are trying to figure out an interesting family trip to new destination. Two 50-something parents, two twenty-something adult children. Challenge: Child A is adventurous and would be exceptionally bored if asked to just hang out with family for a week, even in a pretty location. Child B has issues with chronic pain so on her good days is limited in how active she can be and on her worst days focuses on just making it from the bedroom to the kitchen. B is Ok with being left behind sometimes but we want there to be some fun family options that include her. [more inside]
    posted by metahawk on Jun 19, 2016 - 15 answers

    Quick-fix inexpensive stair railings for just-out-of-hospital Mom?

    My Mom the Superhero is busy recovering from her third bout wth cancer, and is almost ready to come home. The issue - she's a fall risk, and her stairs don't have anywhere to hold onto. What can I stick up short-term that will keep her steady for when she has to use the stairs? Aesthetics aren't a concern at the moment (could look like cardboard for all we care); top priorities are speed/ease of installation, stability + low price. [more inside]
    posted by CottonCandyCapers on Jun 8, 2016 - 9 answers

    How do I describe "what I do" without gainful employment?

    I'm in the US and I know that matters. I am frequently faced with the question of what I do for a living and I never know how to answer it. I am not working due to health issues that aren't immediately apparent. But I also am passionate about a couple things that often lead to questions about who I am. I just don't know what to say. [more inside]
    posted by [insert clever name here] on Jun 6, 2016 - 22 answers

    Making my life more accessable for my disability...

    Now that I have a disabled placard and use a cane on a semi-permanent basis I've come to the conclusion that it is time to person-up! and accept that I need to make and accept accommodations in my life to support my breaking body. Looking for suggestions of things I can buy/utilize that will make daily living less of a struggle. Considering the details inside what are the key things I should be doing to make this life easier on myself? [more inside]
    posted by kanata on Jun 4, 2016 - 31 answers

    Registering a Service / Emotional Support Dog - where to even begin?

    I have recently been diagnosed with an anxiety disorder and depression stemming from PTSD. I've been taking psychiatrist-prescribed medication as well as regularly seeing a talk therapist in addition to the doctor prescribing the medication. My doctor has noted the prevalence of my dog in my pursuit of a healthy daily lifestyle and offered to write a letter to help get my dog certified as a service / support animal. [more inside]
    posted by anonymous on Jun 2, 2016 - 13 answers

    Being my...self? Or, hanging a wet blanket out to dry.

    After years of isolation and with no clear sense of self, how do I start and maintain real, substantive relationships, both romantic and platonic? I've tried Meetups, wine and art nights, etc. Help me avoid becoming a hermit. [more inside]
    posted by marsbar77 on May 16, 2016 - 23 answers

    Am I eligible for food stamps? I'm in California

    I'm trying to figure out if I'm eligible for food stamps. I live in California. [more inside]
    posted by Cinnamon Bear on May 5, 2016 - 14 answers

    Short and sweet

    Is there a benefit to disclosing a disability to your employer that does not require accommodation on their part?
    posted by hwyengr on May 4, 2016 - 11 answers

    What jobs can I get with my disability and level of education?

    How can I make money with a disability? [more inside]
    posted by anonymous on Apr 27, 2016 - 8 answers

    Asking for a reasonable housing accommodation

    My mental and physical illnesses severely interfere with my ability to keep up with housework. This has been a big problem with landlords in the past. In another thread, someone here suggested asking for a reasonable accommodation of hiring someone to clean on a regular basis. I’d like to do that, but I don’t know at what point I ask for that accommodation or how I ask. I’ve included some specific questions inside. [more inside]
    posted by mermaidcafe on Apr 6, 2016 - 19 answers

    Front-end web developer career for person with a disability?

    I am disabled and can only work remotely, part-time. I'd like to become a front-end web developer. I've heard that after your education (in an online bootcamp or whatever) a lot of the actual learning for this career happens your first few years when you're working as a junior developer full-time in an office. Is that true? Have you encountered many part-time jobs in this field? [more inside]
    posted by mungopark on Mar 30, 2016 - 7 answers

    Okay, this isn't funny anymore.

    I'm still here and here. I just don't have it in me to keep throwing pebbles at a brick wall. Hope me. Golf-ball sized snowflakes inside. [more inside]
    posted by marsbar77 on Mar 27, 2016 - 13 answers

    Children's Books on Disabilities

    I am vice president of the special needs parents council for my public school district. Our president was approached by our city's public library children's room director because books on special needs and/or disabilities are underepresented in our children's room. What books do you recommend our public library get to better represent this population?
    posted by zizzle on Mar 22, 2016 - 21 answers

    What funding sources are available to PhD students with disabilities?

    What funding sources are available to PhD students with disabilities? That is, to STEM PhD students with hearing impairments. [more inside]
    posted by un petit cadeau on Mar 21, 2016 - 5 answers

    The big, scary world of sexytimes

    I'm 26 and gay. In a wheelchair. Never been kissed ( ha! ), been on only one date, which went poorly. How do I make inroads with regards to my crippling fear of intimacy- physical and emotional? [more inside]
    posted by anonymous on Feb 4, 2016 - 9 answers

    Looking to make life as a big person dealing with chronic pain easier

    So, I've always been big, somewhere between 180 to 200 pounds, at 5'5". I'm female. My thyroid quit on me about 2 years ago and it's been a struggle. I'm holding steady at 250 pounds. I'm not looking for weight loss tips. I'm looking for tips from people my size on how to make my life easier. [more inside]
    posted by patheral on Feb 3, 2016 - 41 answers

    Should you ask your doctor before applying for SSDI?

    Is there any sort of protocol for alerting your doctor that you intend to file for SSDI (disability insurance)? That is, rather than just submitting the necessary government forms, is it best to mention it to your doctor, and if so, in what form? [more inside]
    posted by anonymous on Jan 25, 2016 - 7 answers

    Short-term disability for grief

    My brother overdosed on Tuesday. I used my 3 days of bereavement and now I'm returning to work in two hours. I can't sleep and I'm sick to my stomach with anxiety. Can I use short term disability to take time off? [more inside]
    posted by blackzinfandel on Dec 11, 2015 - 9 answers

    One damn thing after another, right?

    I have no idea how to even put one foot in front of the other. [more inside]
    posted by The Noble Goofy Elk on Dec 11, 2015 - 13 answers

    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 - 69 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 - 25 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

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