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Thursday, December 6, 2018

Thursday, November 15, 2018

A Continuum of Mental Health

My opinion piece for the Daily Californian's Special Issue on Mental Health, which started off as an interview with Prof Stephen Hinshaw.



“People may get despairing before they get treatment. … If we can replace silence with talk, if we can replace despair with access to treatment, we can put a dent in the rising suicide rate,” 

Sunday, November 11, 2018

The Search for Restorative Sleep

Got to present my outreach project - Autism. The Search for Restorative Sleep,  for my Psychology of Sleep class at the Turnabout for Autism Biomed Conference in Pleasanton, CA.



    



Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Autism Awareness Week @Cal

My first Tabling at Sproul Plaza for the Autism Awareness Event.


The Fortune Cookies we handed out had messages about Autism inside them.


Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Disability is Another Facet of the Human Condition

October is Disability Awareness Month and The Daily Californian had a special Disability Awareness Issue on 10/30/18

I got the opportunity to sit down for an interview with Prof. Georgina Kleege of UC Berkeley as we discussed Art, Blindness, Disability and Diversity.

‘Disability is a diversity category’: An interview with campus lecturer Georgina Kleege

http://www.dailycal.org/2018/10/30/disability-diversity-campus-lecturer-georgina-kleege/

Prof. Georgina Kleege, UC Berkeley





Some things in the interview were like deja vu for me as I could see parallels in Autism. At its core disability is just a variation of what we call ability.  The role of language is very powerful not just in the way others view those who of us who are disabled but also how we see ourselves as a result.

The world tends to sees things from a very "ableist" point of view which is why we disabled are pushed into the ends of the bell curve and given labels.

In the case of the blind, the ableist perspective is a sighted perspective which can literally affect them in some profound ways as Prof Kleege explains with the braille signage example. I now find myself noticing the lack of braille continuity wherever I go now.

I routinely tell folks ahead of time that I am very much listening to them even if I may not really be looking at them (i.e.: lack of eye contact) so that there is no awkwardness in a face to face encounter. Prof Kleege joked right back saying she does not make eye contact either.  That was an unexpected response but it just made total sense and in a way very comforting too for me.

What an amazing and insightful interview into not just art and blindness but also into disability perspectives. It gave me food for thought.


Thursday, October 11, 2018

Film Reviews and such

This semester I will be writing for  Arts and Entertainment at The Daily Cal. 

First Assignment - review the upcoming Nicole Kidman movie, Destroyer. 

I got to attend a prescreening at the Variety Club Preview Room in San Francisco.
There were a few other journalists present at the screening. 

This is certainly new territory for me....

In ‘Destroyer,’ Nicole Kidman is unsympathetic, delivers great performance

http://www.dailycal.org/2018/10/11/destroyer-nicole-kidman/