A new app aims to help the millions of people living with long covid

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Visible helps people to manage their symptoms—and could boost scientific understanding of the condition. 

A new app could help people with long covid cope with their condition by giving them a clearer understanding of what helps—and hinders—their health.

People with long covid, defined by the World Health Organization as a post-covid illness lasting two months or more, suffer from symptoms that include headaches, fatigue, weakness, and fever. Some use a practice called pacing, where they balance activity with periods of rest to recover, to keep things under control. If they exert themselves too hard, it can make things worse.

The new app, called Visible, aims to help people manage that process by collecting data every day in order to understand how their symptoms fluctuate. Users measure their heart rate variability (the variation in time between beats) every morning by placing a finger over the phone’s camera for 60 seconds. This measures the pulse by recording small changes in the color of the user’s skin.

Legal Help for Domestic Violence Issues

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A helpline specifically for legal assistance in domestic violence cases.

Domestic violence often brings legal concerns into survivors’ lives. For the first time, an individual may need to figure out how to secure an order of protection, navigate child custody and divorce, understand criminal charges, property rights, or file legal motions regarding employers and housing. It can easily be overwhelming. 

The Syms Legal Momentum Helpline is a unique resource for anyone looking for legal help, focusing on gender-based discrimination and violence in education, employment and the home. Individuals facing legal issues, including survivors, as well as attorneys, can contact the Helpline via email, an online web form or phone. When prompted, callers provide a brief summary of their issue and submit a request for legal assistance. The Helpline is not a live service like a hotline, but will return inquiries within two business days.

ITVX launches world-first British Sign Language channel

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When ITVX officially launches on 8 December, Deaf viewers will have access to what is a worldwide streaming first – a British Sign Language channel, solely featuring signed programming, which will include a range of shows like the Emmerdale and Coronation Street omnibus episodes, Cilla, Alan Carr’s Epic Gameshow, Vera, Lewis, and The Saint. The channel will be regularly updated and will evolve to include both recent and archive programming from a wide variety of genres. 

ITVX will launch with a selection of 20 themed channels, which are designed to offer a lean-back experience of watching a scheduled channel, and these channels will appear in the ‘live’ section of the service, directly below ITV’s six existing channels (ITV1, ITV2, ITV3, ITV4, ITVBe and CITV).

Manipulation is Abuse — and there are patterns to recognise it

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Our 2017 guide gets a remake as we expand the content to reflect conversations in our communities.

“But stalking can also be tech abuse!”

“And lying or distorting the act of abuse can also be a form of gaslighting!”

Since 2017 when we first launched the Manipulation is Abuse guide, it has become one of our most visited resources. We created it for those who don’t see what’s happening to them as domestic abuse because it may not include physical violence or that sexual coercion is normalised in that society. We poured our own experiences from all of our cultures into it. And now we’ve released an expanded and updated version of the guide that captures a lot more scenarios!

Each Sunday, the Chayn team gets together for a two-hour long collaborative working session with our volunteers, many of whom are survivors. While writing the Manipulation is Abuse guide, which launched on 2 Dec 2022, there was a moment when we all paused in the middle of a working session and thought about the intersections of different forms of abusive and controlling behaviours.

The Undying Holiday-Suicide Myth

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Summary: Despite media claims that suicide rates increase dramatically over the holiday period, researchers report the average daily suicide rate during the holidays remain among the lowest rate of any period of the year.

Source: University of Pennsylvania

The holiday-suicide myth, the false claim that the suicide rate rises during the year-end holiday season, persisted in some news coverage through the 2021-22 holidays, according to U.S. media data collected and analyzed by the Annenberg Public Policy Center (APPC) of the University of Pennsylvania.

In fact, although the U.S. suicide rate increased in 2021 after two years of declines, the average daily suicide rate during the holiday months remained among the lower rates of the year.

#TechTuesday: AT For Social Isolation

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ngd-This is extremely important information and well worth an hour of your time…

We hope you will join us for our #TechTuesday Training Series this year.

Session 14 of the training series will be aboutAT For Social Isolation

You will learn how to use various Assistive Technology (AT) products and devices. We will be highlighting assistive technology devices and products for Social Isolation!Tuesday, December 13, 2022, 12 to 1 PM

This training is free.

CART captioning and ASL Interpreting will be provided.Register in advance for access to the live session and the recording for future viewing:
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International Day of Disabled People

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Inclusion is much more than accommodation

In honour of the International Day of Disabled Persons, I am sharing a collection of my articles related to accessibility and inclusion.

This year’s theme is transformative solutions for inclusive development: the role of innovation in fuelling an accessible and equitable world.

That’s a heady theme, but when you think about it, it makes perfect sense. Innovation is driven by people who saw that the current way of doing things either didn’t work for them, or had significant room for improvement.

People who think outside the box are often more creative and better problem-solvers than traditional thinkers because our minds work differently, therefore we see things from a different perspective.

We can use our unique viewpoints and lived experiences as inspiration for positive change.

Selling suicide

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A dystopian Canadian infomercial presents euthanasia as an aspirational lifestyle choice.

La Maison Simons, a fashion house in Canada, has produced an infomercial promoting euthanasia. The advert presents an assisted death as ‘the most beautiful exit’. ‘Dying in a hospital is not what’s natural. That’s not what’s soft. In these kinds of moments, you need softness’, the narrator says.

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La Maison Simons, a fashion house in Canada, has produced an infomercial promoting euthanasia. The advert presents an assisted death as ‘the most beautiful exit’. ‘Dying in a hospital is not what’s natural. That’s not what’s soft. In these kinds of moments, you need softness’, the narrator says.

‘Last breaths are sacred’, we are told. Dancers holding paper lanterns accompany an attractive young woman in a wheelchair – the narrator – on an idyllic beach. Bubble wands, dinner and cheesecake with close friends, luminescent whale and jellyfish puppets, singing and being on the ocean. These all feature as time shifts between night and day. The beautiful imagery is accompanied by the kind of inspirational music you usually hear in documentaries about whales. The film ends with a dedication to the young woman at the centre of the story: ‘Jennyfer Hatch – 1985 to October 2022.’ The advert finishes with a small logo of La Maison Simons. It was released one day after Hatch’s death. She was just 37 years old.

Hatch was not terminally ill when she sought euthanasia. She suffered from complications and chronic pain associated with a diagnosis of Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, a group of inherited disorders that affect the connective tissue. Since the video was released, it has emerged that Hatch had struggled to find treatment for her rare condition. And she was not even offered palliative care. After battling for years to access healthcare, she was approved for an assisted death within weeks.

Paralympian trying to get wheelchair ramp says Veterans Affairs employee offered her assisted dying

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A veteran and former Paralympian told a parliamentary committee that a caseworker from the Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) offered her medical assistance in dying (MAID), a week after the veterans affairs minister confirmed that at least four other veterans were offered the same thing.

Retired Cpl. Christine Gauthier, who has been trying to get a wheelchair ramp installed at her home for the past five years, testified on Thursday that a caseworker told her that they could give her assisted dying, even offering to supply the MAID equipment for her.

In Philadelphia, ‘tranq’ is leaving drug users with horrific wounds

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The volunteers were handing out the staples of harm reduction: safe injection and smoking kits, condoms, and Narcan, the opioid overdose reversal medication. Down the line, they were distributing hats, socks, coats, and blankets to the people who use drugs who came to this outreach event on a recent Saturday, a bright, cold morning a few days before Thanksgiving.

Just before the final table, where two mothers who had lost children to overdoses were passing out sandwiches, was evidence of the latest evolution in the increasingly dangerous U.S. drug supply. A wound care station.

“You have any wounds you need looked at?” volunteers asked people as they came through the event, held in this city’s Kensington neighborhood.

“Do I ever,” replied one man.

The spike in wounds among people who use drugs in Philadelphia reflects the surge in the local supply of a compound called xylazine. A veterinary tranquilizer, xylazine, or “tranq,” exploded in recent years to the point that in 2021, it was found in more than 90% of heroin and fentanyl samples. With its ascendance has come a wave of wounds — sometimes called abscesses, lesions, or, in the words of one volunteer nurse here, something that looks like “it’s eating away your flesh from the inside out.” The city saw the number of emergency department visits for skin and soft tissue injuries quadruple between the beginning of 2019 and the end of 2021.