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Healthy Relationship Characteristics

Healthy Relationships When evaluating any relationship, whether it be romantic, friendship, or even a familial, it is important to consider the healthiness of the relationship. As humans, we often want to feel loved, respected, and to feel supported by the people in our lives. By establishing healthy relationships, again, regardless of the type of relationship,…
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It’s All About Consent!

It’s All About Consent! People with disabilities are 3 times more likely to be sexually assaulted than people without disabilities. (disabilityjustice.org) The statistics are devasting. There are things we can do to change these numbers and help create safer communities for all people. Teaching about consent is one powerful thing. Here are some of the…
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The Bully, The Bullied, and the ‘not so innocent’ Bystander

The Bully, The Bullied, and the ‘not so innocent’ Bystander In October’s blog about Bullying, we shared that research has shown that students who have a disability are more worried about school safety and or being injured or harassed by their peers than students without disabilities (pacer.org). The title of this blog is the title…
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To Sext or Not To Sext?

What is sexting? Sexting means to send sexy messages or images using your phone, computer or camera. Some people think that sexting is harmless, however, once a sext is out on the internet, it will always be there. Once you click the SEND button, you have no control over where that message is going to…
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Don’t Be A Bully

Don’t Be A Bully Bullying is the actions taken to seek harm, intimidate or coerce someone who is considered to be vulnerable to the perpetrator (stopbullying.gov). Like each new generation of children, bullying changes too. New forms of bullying are found, meaning that there are new outlets for kids and adults to bully, this can…
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Tips For Talking to Kids About The Birds And The Bees

Having a good understanding about sex and sexuality starting from a young age allows us to foster healthy relationships for later in life. Talking to our youth about this subject is difficult, scaring and uncomfortable. Sex education is a sensitive subject and not many people are willing to talk to their teens, let alone allow…
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A Fresh Start For Men And Boys Health Awareness Month

    June is Men’s Health Awareness month and in 2020 the theme is a “Fresh Start”. At a time when we have spent the last few months staying at, or close to, home while having limited engagement with others this seems very appealing. 2020 is also the start of a new decade and an…
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Understanding The Importance Of Choices When You Don’t Have Many In Your Life

Have you ever felt frustrated because you thought your feelings were not considered about a decision being made? Have you ever felt frustrated towards a caregiver because they made an assumption on how you may feel about something? Having the ability to make decisions in our lives is an important part of our well-being. When…
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TheraPAWtic Benefits: How can our pets be helpful to us when dealing with distress?

TheraPAWtic Benefits It was a Thursday night at 7:15 pm. I just got home from a long day at work and nothing had been going right all day, in neither my personal nor my professional life. After I realized I came home to an empty house (no other humans), I immediately started to cry. I…
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Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month Highlighting An LGBTQ+ Lens

You claimed to love me. But did you really? Is it really love if you make me feel worthless? Is it really love if you tell me I will never succeed? Is it really love if you so easily left when I clearly needed you most? You claimed to love me. But did you really?…
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