|Including disabled people in cohousing, especially forming communities||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Allison Tom (allison.tomtelus.net)|
|Date: Fri, 20 Oct 2017 12:28:21 -0700 (PDT)|
Hello all, This is a significant tangent from the discussion on slush funds, but the spirit of the conversation has moved me to write with my question/topic. What have communities done to include members who have significant disabilities? In particular, has anyone successfully negotiated the challenge of including disabled people in a forming community? I ask because I regretfully left a forming community almost two years ago because of an exhausting chronic health condition. I’m now on the waiting list to return to that community, and I’m thinking hard about how I could return successfully or be part of any other forming community. My condition makes the frequent marathon meetings of planning an almost insurmountable challenge. I believe that living in cohousing is a very different pace from creating cohousing, and I think that I can contribute and thrive in a community - with some accommodations to my condition. Joining an existing community in my city is very difficult because there are so few spots. I’m a former professor now on medical leave. I’m self-sufficient and currently own and maintain my own home (I pay for household and garden help). What strategies have groups explored or implemented to extend the cohousing goal of inclusivity to people with various disabilities? I look forward to hearing from folks with experience or advise on- or off-list. Thanks, Allison Tom allison.tom [at] telus.net NB: I am planning on submitting an article about this to the “Race, class and privilege” issue of Communities magazine.
Including disabled people in cohousing, especially forming communities Allison Tom, October 20 2017
Re: Including disabled people in cohousing, especially forming communities Joan Sidney, October 21 2017
- Re: Including disabled people in cohousing, especially forming communities Ann Zabaldo, October 22 2017
- Re: Including disabled people in cohousing, especially forming communities Sharon Villines, October 22 2017
- Re: Including disabled people in cohousing, especially forming communities Linda Hobbet, October 22 2017
- Re: Including disabled people in cohousing, especially forming communities Joan Sidney, October 21 2017
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