Jacqueline originally shared her public speaking experience at a noncompetitive StorySlam with the theme ‘Misunderstood’ in a fb group, and very graciously accepted my invitation to share her story here with you.
Guest Post by Jacqueline Rice
Photo of me sharing my truth @ Ex Fabula (from stories), the MKE storytelling organization. Photo from Ex Fabula
Here’s the excerpt from the blog entry from their website:
“Not all stories have a resolve, but instead bring a call to action. Like Teller Jacqueline, who shared her invisible disability with the crowd. Due to carbon monoxide poisoning Jacqueline was forced to alter her lifestyle in dramatic ways. Her exposure to carbon monoxide caused her to be intolerant to chemicals such as perfumes and sprays. Because of this, Jacqueline can’t be in many public spaces. Thank you, Jacqueline, for using your voice and story to advocate for many others with invisible disabilities.”
How it felt for me at the mic in front of 200+ people: Continue reading
When Toxics Drift
we end up with choices.
Sit outside for a little while to get some Vitamin D
Be able to think, wash dishes, and/or make something to eat
Posted in Accessibility, Air Quality, Chemicals, Community, Disability, Environmental Health, Human Rights, Pesticides, Pollution, Products, Toxic Trespass
Tagged allergies, asthma, chemical sensitivity, drift, environmental sensitivities, fibromyalgia, Fragrance, hazardous air pollutants, health, invisible disabilities, MCS, MCS/ES, VOCs
smoke, asphalt, refineries, pesticides, gases, laundry fumes, etc
When pollutants drift, then people (and other living beings) get hurt, especially the many millions who are more ‘sensitive’ to pollution.
Smoke is one form of pollution that is visible, but other types may not be.
Here are a few images that show how different types of visible pollutants move through the air we all depend on to breathe, and how far they can travel:
Posted in Air Quality, Environmental Health, Pollution, Public Health, Toxic Trespass
Tagged allergies, asphalt, asthma, chemical sensitivity, drift, environmental sensitivities, exhaust, fossil fuels, Fragrance, hazardous air pollutants, laundry products, MCS, multiple chemical sensitivities, pesticides, petrochemicals, refineries, smoke, VOCs, wireless
The Fragrance-Free Initiative from the University of Colorado Boulder’s Office of Information Technology (OIT) has created a video I really like, and they have also put together some other resources that can be useful to learn from when creating fragrance-free policies.
Posted in Accessibility, Air Quality, Education, Environmental Health, Human Rights, Policy
Tagged chemical sensitivity, Chemicals, fragrance-free, IAQ, invisible disabilities, job accommodation, MCS, video
We often hear from people who think they aren’t wearing any fragrance while their fume trail is noticeable (and headache inducing or worse) from 100 feet away. Not only that, but the scent residues are left everywhere these people have touched anything, including pretty much permanently in the furniture they’ve used.
How can this be?
Posted in Accessibility, Air Quality, chemicals in clothing, Environmental Health, Fashion, Laundry, Pollution, Public Health
Tagged accessibility barriers, allergies, asthma, chemical sensitivity, Chemicals, dryer vents, environmental sensitivities, fragrance-free, fragrance-free policy, hazardous air pollutants, IAQ, invisible disabilities, MCS, petrochemicals, phthalates, toxic trespass, VOCs
Dear Minister of Health, we’re ready for action!
According to official statistics:
250,000 Ontarians had been diagnosed with MCS in 2014
and the discrimination is still systemic in 2018
SUBJECT: Accommodation for People with Disabilities
Honourable Helena Jaczek, Minister of Health (at firstname.lastname@example.org )
On September 29, 2017, Ontario quietly released the report “Time for Leadership: Recognizing and Improving Care” for those with myalgic encephalomyelitis /chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, and environmental sensitivities /multiple chemical sensitivity (ME/CFS, FM and ES/MCS). This report was produced by the Task Force on Environmental Health for the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care.
The report found that throughout the Ontario health care system and in society at large, there is:
• a lack of recognition of the seriousness and severity of these conditions
• a profound shortage of knowledgeable care providers
• a dearth of clinical tools to support and guide care
• a discouraging shortage of services and supports for people living with these conditions
• an absence of support for family caregivers
The lack of knowledge and appropriate accessible care has devastating effects on Ontarians struggling with ME/CFS, FM and ES/MCS.
Posted in Accessibility, Action, Environmental Health, Health Care, Human Rights, Policy
Tagged allergies, chemical sensitivity, Chemicals, environmental sensitivities, fibromyalgia, fragrance-free, hazardous air pollutants, IAQ, MCS, MCS/ES, ME/CFS, multiple chemical sensitivities, Ontario, Task Force on Environmental Health
Here are 11 excellent reasons to stop using and allowing fragrances in your home, at work, in healthcare, in housing, at school, in transportation, in retail, and in other public places:
Posted in Accessibility, Air Quality, Environmental Health, Fragrance, Health, Human Rights, Pollution, Public Health
Tagged allergies, asthma, cancer, chemical sensitivity, environmental sensitivities, essential oils, fragrance-free, hazardous air pollutants, health care access for people with MCS/ES, MCS, mental health, petrochemicals, VOCs