Re: Deaf members
From: Chris Hansen (
Date: Sun, 25 Apr 2021 12:08:58 -0700 (PDT)
Non-sequitur (riffing off this post with apologies in advance) One of the
hats I wear is as a disablilty activist, so I’ve noticed this and thought
about it a lot also. I agree that we find out about each other’s unique
characteristics- I also think that some of these conditions make it hard
for people to contribute and be included as valued and respected citizens
in our western individual-centric communities, so in some respects this
attracts people to cohousing. I have found a disproportionate number of
introverts in cohousing also (having attended local, regional and national
coho events) and think this may contribute to it also.
Burlington Cohousing

On Sun, Apr 25, 2021 at 1:53 PM Sharon Villines via Cohousing-L <
cohousing-l [at]> wrote:

> After I had been living in cohousing for about 2 years, I began to feel
> like we were a whole group of disabled people and what did this portend for
> cohousing? We had multiple levels and types of hearing loss, obesity,
> hoarding, various types of vision loss, two with MS, three heart problems,
> brain damage, stuttering, at least 4 with birth defects, serious allergies,
> autism spectrum disorder, at least 4 with dyslexia, and I’ve forgotten what
> else.
> Ultimately I realized that it was the effect of knowing everyone better,
> the freedom to share such information, and better diagnostics so people
> could name what their condition. Almost all of these would have been
> invisible in a typical neighborhood or workplace.
> Sharon
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> Sharon Villines
> Takoma Village Cohousing, Washington DC
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