Traditionally May is MCS and MCS/ES Awareness Month.
After decades of awareness raising, it’s time to move on to welcoming action and accommodation, don’t you think?
Are people with MCS/ES, often referred to as Human Canaries, actually welcome in this world?
If you are a person with MCS/ES, please share in the comments if and how you are being accommodated and welcomed (or not) in this world.
If you are a person who doesn’t have MCS/ES, please share in the comments how you are accommodating and welcoming people with MCS/ES into the world.
Posted in Accessibility, Action, Environmental Health, Environmental Sensitivities, Healthy Environment, Human Rights
Tagged awareness month, chemical sensitivity, environmental illness, environmental sensitivities, human canary, humancanaries, MCS, MCS/ES, multiple chemical sensitivities
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