BLOOM ~ October ~ 2020 
'Disability and mental health are not things we talk about in the Black culture'
The Grant family is starting a new support group for Black parents of children with disabilities in the Greater Toronto Area. Read our interview.
For parents coping with a child's chronic pain, acceptance is step one
Making room for difficult thoughts and emotions, rather than fighting them, is at the heart of a therapy used with children with persistent pain and their parents.
Do we get what we deserve in life? Political philosopher Michael Sandel says no
A new book challenges the idea that success in America is based on merit, with some interesting implications for how we view ability and disability.
Son's mysterious disorder leaves dad feeling 'adrift'
'We don't really fit anywhere, and we haven't found our community,' says John Cooper of Winterville, Georgia. John's son James has an undiagnosed disorder, autism and epilepsy.
'Autism isn't a thing. It's how we go about things'
Matthew Dever is autistic, and so are three of his children. He advocates for moving from a language of awareness to one of acceptance. 'Acceptance means finding ways to accommodate.'
I always read the e-letter and find it so valuable. Thank you!
Alison Williams, Chair, Research Ethics Board
Bloorview Research Institute
Arts group shares accessible Canadian events in e-letter
Creative Users Projects is a disability-led Canadian arts group that connects artists and builds more inclusive communities. Sign up for their weekly e-letter about accessible events across Canada.
Activists, artists, accessibility experts talk inclusion
The Walrus Talks at Home has an excellent two-part speaker series on inclusion. This one features four fantastic speakers on how the arts and community-building can foster accessibility.
Medical journal makes its content about racism in medicine free
The New England Journal of Medicine has put together a collection of their stories related to racism and how it impacts people giving and receiving medical care. This is a fabulous, free resource.
As a teacher, Sinéad Burke [who has a form of dwarfism] had myriad experiences to draw on when writing the book, which is filled with important life lessons of empathy and understanding, gently nudging the reader towards the idea that we are all different but if the world missed out on one of us, it would be a lesser place to exist in.
Irish Examiner
A Kickstarter campaign funded this picture book, which Australian author Sanders hopes "will empower" readers, especially "girls and those who identify as a girl." Brazillian illustrator Rossetti endeavours to be inclusive, with depictions of a diverse range of bodies, including girls and women with a range of skin tones, hair textures and colours, and body types as well as a range of gender presentations and some visible disabilities.
Kirkus Reviews
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