Your Weekly Dose of #5ThoughtsFriday: A description of what we think is important at BIAMD
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I identify as non-binary. This means that my gender identity does not fit neatly into the “male” or “female” category. As a non-binary transgender person serving individuals with traumatic brain injuries, I have developed a multilayered perspective about the intersection between the transgender community and the disability community that I would like to share with you.

Being transgender has a significant impact on the way that transgender people navigate the world. It impacts where we go to school, where we work, where we receive healthcare, and which streets we choose to walk down late at night. When on a job interview, we often need to consider, “Will people here be accepting of me? Will there be a restroom that I can safely use?”

People with disabilities also face these kinds of choices. Living with a body (or brain) that is different from other people’s impacts how people with disabilities move through the world. When invited to a wedding, they may ask, “Will the environment be too overstimulating? Will there be a wheelchair ramp from the parking lot to the front door?”

For many people who identify as transgender and have a disability, these two identities are inseparable. However, many assume that these identities operate independently of each other. This results in resources and access that serve only a fraction of who they are. 

CLICK HERE to read the article from one of our own Support Services Case Managers.
On December 20, 2019,
BIAMD is hosting a

at 2200 Kernan Drive
Baltimore, MD 21207
from 8:45am to 5:00 PM.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019 if you are interested in attending.

We are limited to 15 individuals for this class.

CLICK HERE for a flyer.
CLICK HERE to email us your interest!

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According to a   report   published by the CDC last year, one in five adult Americans has chronic pain. The same study found that chronic pain impacts more women than men. Countless women, especially women of color,  have said  they struggle to get doctors to believe their pain and treat it accordingly. For me, it was four years after my symptoms started that I finally heard the word endometriosis.

Then there’s chronic pain compounded with the experience of being a journalist: We work long, unpredictable hours, spend lots of time hunched over computers or on our feet, carry heavy equipment or even have to appear on-camera. It leaves little room to see doctors, curl up in a fetal position, or even just hide during a pain flare-up.

I’ve learned to balance both my demanding reporting job and my chronic pain. Here’s my advice, along with tips from other women in media with chronic pain:  

CLICK HERE to see how Chelsea dealt with her chronic pain and how you might be able to try to deal with yours.
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One of the core challenges of modern AI can be demonstrated with a rotating yellow school bus. When viewed head-on on a country road, a deep-learning neural network confidently and correctly identifies the bus. When it is laid on its side across the road, though, the algorithm believes—again, with high confidence—that it’s a snowplow. Seen from underneath and at an angle, it is definitely a garbage truck.

The problem is one of context. When a new image is sufficiently different from the set of training images, deep learning visual recognition stumbles, even if the difference comes down to a simple rotation or obstruction. And context generation, in turn, seems to depend on a rather remarkable set of wiring and signal generation features—at least, it does in the human brain.

Matthias Kaschube studies that wiring by building models that describe experimentally observed brain activity. Kaschube and his colleagues at the Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies, the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience, the University of Minnesota, and elsewhere have found a host of features that stand in stark contrast to the circuits that engineers build: spontaneous activity and correlation, dynamic context generation, unreliable transmission, and straight-up noise. These seem to be fundamental features of what some call the universe’s most complex object—the brain.

CLICK HERE to find out about the importance of spontaneous order and noise to how we think.
2) What We are Reading to We Think
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Born in 1875, the great German lyric poet Rainer Maria Rilke published his first collection of poems in 1898 and went on to become renowned for his delicate depiction of the workings of the human heart. Drawn by some sympathetic note in his poems, young people often wrote to Rilke with their problems and hopes. From 1903 to 1908 Rilke wrote a series of remarkable responses to a young, would-be poet on poetry and on surviving as a sensitive observer in a harsh world. Those letters, still a fresh source of inspiration and insight, are accompanied here by a chronicle of Rilke's life that shows what he was experiencing in his own relationship to life and work when he wrote them. 

CLICK HERE to read more about this wonderful book.
Thanks to everyone who made this year's #GivingBRAINday one of the most successful to date. We appreciate your enthusiasm, notes of support, and, especially, your generous donations.
1) Quote We Are Contemplating...

"I want to unfold. Let no place in me hold itself closed, for where I am closed, I am false."

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