The Disability Dialogue: No Modern Asylums

Emily LadauNo Modern Asylums: A Response to Dr. Christine Montross

By Emily Ladau
The Disability Dialogue
Regular Contributor

History has consistently proven that the way forward is not to move backwards, and yet, this is exactly what three ethicists from the University of Pennsylvania propose should be done for people with mental health conditions*. Echoing this idea in “The Modern Asylum,” a recent Op-Ed for The New York Times, Dr. Christine Montross reflects on her experiences as a hospital psychiatrist, expressing disappointment with the current status of mental health care. A return to institutional facilities, she argues, would be an ideal alternative to the vicious cycle of challenges faced by those with mental health disabilities who cannot find effective, stable care in community settings.

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The Disability Dialogue: Optional, People or Optional People?

Leah SmithOptional, People or Optional People?

By Leah Smith
Regular Contributor
The Disability Dialogue

In the entertainment industry, there is currently a great deal of hullabaloo surrounding the idea that disabled characters should be played by disabled actors and actresses. Often times, writers will create a character with cerebral palsy, for example, but the role will be played by a nondisabled actor that does not have CP or fully understand that experience. For all of the actors and actresses out there that do, in fact, have CP, this is frustrating. This seems like it would be the one role that would be a shoe-in, right?

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BILS sponsors NYDVN "Rock the Voter Bloc" event

Bronx Independent Living Services sponsors NY Disability Vote Network “Rock the Voter Bloc” event featuring Assemblyman Michael Blake

Marie HickeyJOINT PRESS RELEASE
Bronx Independent Living Services (BILS) & 
New York Disability Vote Network (NYDVN)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 12, 2015

Bronx, NY – Newly elected State Assemblyman Michael Blake will be meeting with constituents who are interested in disability issues at the New York Disability Vote Network (NYDVN) enrollment brunch being held Friday, February 20, 2015, from 9:30 - 10:30 am at the Bronx Independent Living Services (BILS) community room, 4419 Third Ave, Suite 2C, Bronx NY 10457.

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The Disability Dialogue: Learning to Love in Any State of Being

Emily LadauLearning to Love in Any State of Being

By Emily Ladau
Regular Contributor
The Disability Dialogue

They say love finds you when you stop looking for it, and maybe that’s so cheesy it makes you nauseous, but at least for me, it turned out to be totally true. I definitely didn’t wake up on July 23, 2011 declaring it as the day I’d meet my first love. Actually, it was the furthest thing from my mind. My summer camp was hosting an alumni day, so I figured I’d get a little nostalgic and catch up with old friends. I was mid-hug with someone when I noticed him between the schoolhouse and the dining hall. Golden hair and light blue eyes and a heart-stopping smile. There was probably harp music playing. (Okay, I know, you get the point.) He might have made my knees wobbly, except I was sitting in a wheelchair. The only thing I worried was a problem? So was he.

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The Disability Dialogue: A Delicate Balance: Parenting, Disability and Public Policy

Leah SmithA Delicate Balance: Parenting, Disability and Public Policy

By Leah Smith
Regular Contributor
The Disability Dialogue

Molly and Tom have been dating for 3 years and have recently gotten engaged. Before tying the knot, they decided to undergo pre-marital counseling. Following the stereotypical script for things that are discussed in pre-marital counseling, the counselor brings up children. Both Molly and Tom discuss possibilities of adoption and/or natural childbirth during the session. Both of them have disabilities and like the possibility of adopting a child with a similar disability. However, the therapist quickly changes the course of the discussion to ways they plan to accommodate having a baby. He then proceeds by explaining to the couple that, “in order to avoid having Department of Children and Families (DCF) involved and/or having your children taken away from you, you need to have a trial run. Set up a baby room, have a baby doll that you practice with- the whole nine yards, because you need to ensure that you have it all figured out before DCF shows up.”

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