The D-Word

What you’re about to read is an open-minded exploration of the world of disabilities.
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The person who is the center of it all, is the client.

In order to prepare this assignment, I and my colleague have conducted an interview with Itäkatu family center in Itäkeskus, Helsinki, and their multiple employees. The center provides services for families whose members have a disability, among many other services. We were privileged to participate in the interview after their weekly team meeting and hear many of the professionals at the same time. The main topics of our discussion were inclusion and how it is viewed as and promoted at their workplace.

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SMA – 3 letters that changed our lives.

The school taxi had dropped me off at my familiar stop. The wooden yellow mailbox by the side of the road, covered with first snow of October, crispy air which indicated the long winter was on its way. From the main road you could almost see our big yellow house, which in the afternoon twilight looked warm and welcoming, all that was left was the last few skips and a curve and I was home. At school that day I had barely kept my cool, all we had talked about was my 7th birthday – and who was invited. I remember wishing my mom a birthday cake – bananas and strawberry jam with whipped cream, which she had promised to bake. I rushed the last few steps, opened the front door and found my mom crying in the kitchen. “Your little sister has gone to heaven” she whispered quietly, as the tears ran down her face.

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Checklist: are you an ally for a person with disability?

Positive changes in attitude towards disability and people with disability are on the way, and it would be right of us to do out part by checking ourselves and our attitudes, regarding this topic. There are many web resources out there teaching us to be better allies for people with disabilities, but I attempted to put together to my best ability the most comprehensive checklist. Read on!

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Covid-19 and disabilities

In March 2020, the world stopped. Well figuratively speaking of course, but we were faced with a new virus which to this day has killed approximately 1,3million people worldwide. Reports have shown, that unless you are healthy and do not have any underlying risk factors, chances of infecting with a deadly version of Covid-19 are relatively small.

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“The D-word”: how the language evolves around disability-related topics

We are fortunate to live in an era when the diversity of human lives and experiences is gaining momentum, is widely developed, discussed, and addressed. It is slowly but surely making its way into all corners of society, both in online and offline reality.

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Representation of disabilities in popular culture

Hello my dear student colleagues and welcome to our first blog! I thought it would be fun to start off with a little “lighter” angle to our world of disabilities – but something that I´ve been contemplating to write about for some time now. The heading itself might already be self-explanatory. So, when you think of it – when was the last time you saw a real disabled person in a movie, tv-show, in a Netflix series, reality-tv…think about it?

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