A Few Resources From Our Editor
In Sickness and in Health
Author Ben Mattlin challenges readers to ask why the idea of an “inter-abled” couple should be considered tragic or noble. Drawing on personal experience and conversations with couples of varying abilities, ethnicities and orientations, Mattlin examines whether these pairings are as unusual as onlookers think. The result is a book that untangles a range of hard-to-define issues shared by inter-abled couples. What emerges is a candid glimpse into the challenges and joys of relationships between inherently dissimilar people, from the first blush of sexual awakening to advanced middle age and widowhood. The book will be released on January 30th.
Can I Catch It Like a Cold? Coping with a Parent’s Depression
Can I Catch It Like a Cold explores children’s common questions through the story of Alex, a young boy who struggles to make sense of his father’s depression. As his understanding of depression increases, Alex ceases to feel alone and confused. The first in the “Coping Series” of children’s books published by Tundra Books and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), Can I Catch It Like a Cold? is written for children aged five to nine. It spurs dialogue, offers reassurance and allays fears for those coping with this adult-sized problem.
This self-study tool enables readers to improve their ability to live with chronic pain, whatever the underlying cause. As someone with firsthand experience on the subject, sociologist and psychotherapist Deborah Barrett has devised realistic strategies to navigate through an otherwise overwhelming array of treatment options. Written with empathetic prose and filled with sociological insights and therapeutic lessons, Paintracking is recommended not only for directly affected individuals, but also caregivers and health care professionals.
Struggling for Social Citizenship: Disabled Canadians, Income Security, Prime Ministerial Eras
In Struggling for Social Citizenship, Michael J Price weaves together literature on social policies, political science and disability studies to examine the agendas and records of prime ministers from Pearson to Harper. From policy trends to the role of cabinet, Price explores the ways disability has been distinguished from ability and how, through income and administrative programs, it is a social construct of parliament’s creation.
Accessibility Resource Centre
Overseen by the Government of Canada, the Accessibility Resource Centre provides website visitors with a wealth of information, ranging from the spectrum of disabilities to employment opportunities and accessible housing.