Ginette lives in Quebec and has been trying to access health care safely for years, without success. The fragrance exposures cause severe symptoms and her health is deteriorating as a result of not being able to have her basic needs met, because… fragrance.
She posted this video to her fb profile:
Here’s a rough English transcript:
Posted in Accessibility, Action, Disability, Fragrance, Health Care, Human Rights, Policy, Public Health
Tagged accessibility barriers, accessibility standards, chemical sensitivity, chronic illness, disability accommodation, fragrance-free, francais, French, health care access for people with MCS/ES, MCS, MCS/ES, MCS/ES hospital protocols, ME/CFS, multiple chemical sensitivities, Quebec
I saw an announcement on fb from a city agency that was opening up an arena to allow homeless people a place to shower, and they were also providing soap, shampoo, and other necessities.
“People who are homeless or precariously housed in (the city) relied upon bathrooms and showers in public facilities. But, they have closed their doors during the pandemic. There are now free showers and washrooms open daily at (the) Arena.”
Homelessness is something far too many human canaries are intimately familiar with, since there are so few accessible, medically safe housing options available when our ‘sensitivities’ become disabling. Many human canaries are precariously housed too.
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Toothbrushes, shampoo, soap, and more provided.
Free showers & washrooms
Is the soap and shampoo fragrance-free so that people with environmental ‘sensitivities’ could also access the space?
MAY is MCS/ES Awareness Month
I was (due to MCS/ES related accessibility barriers) homeless myself for a year, and the need to shower did not go away. I know several homeless canaries now, one who just a few days ago was discussing her attempts to create a shower outside the van she is living in, so I asked the fb page a question about accessibility for homeless canaries.
Here’s what happened:
Posted in Accessibility, Air Quality, Disability, Environmental Health, Environmental Sensitivities, Fragrance, Human Rights, Medically Required Housing, Policy, Public Health
Tagged accessibility barriers, accessibility standards, allergies, asthma, chemical sensitivity, fragrance-free, homeless, human canary, IAQ, invisible disabilities, MCS, multiple chemical sensitivities, shower
Having invisible disabilities can present challenges most people don’t think of.
Modified from original image by Eurofin
Indoor air can be too polluted for some of us to safely breathe. Those of us with MCS/ES can develop serious and life-threatening symptoms from breathing in toxic chemicals commonly found in indoor air. Even a mask may not be enough to protect us.
Or we may be having a bad Fibromyalgia flare and just be in too much pain to shop.
So what can we do when we need something?
Posted in Accessibility, Disability, Environmental Sensitivities, Food, Human Rights, Indoor Air Quality, Multiple Chemical Sensitivities
Tagged accessibility standards, Accessible Customer Service, CFS/ME, fibromyalgia, Fragrance, fragrance chemicals, IAQ, invisible disabilities, MCS/ES, shopping, toxic chemicals, VOCs