Kirsten Barraclough

Success in Employment: It Takes Work

Success in Employment: It Takes Work

Success in Employment: It Takes Work The process of finding employment can be discouraging for anyone, and when you have the added layer of a disability or health condition, it is even more difficult.  I hope the following information is helpful. The first thing to consider when trying to find a job is what type […]

Be Prepared for Adulthood

Be Prepared for Adulthood

Be Prepared for Adulthood How do you feel when you hear the phrase “transition to adulthood?”  Are you excited?  Are you scared?  Are you confused?  Are you overwhelmed?  You likely have moments where you experience all these emotions.  Everyone is nervous when they make life transitions, but when you have a disability or mental health […]

Get Support in Your Community

Get Support in Your Community Girl smiling while floating in a pool

Get Support in Your Community Family and friends can be an amazing support system.  But no family or group of friends has all the expertise that someone with a disability or mental health struggle might need.  There are times when we need support from community organizations. However, when we are really struggling, we feel alone […]

Patient Rights and Responsibilities

Patient Rights and Responsibilities

Patient Rights and Responsibilities The Patient’s Bill of Rights was first adopted by the American Hospital Association in 1973.  Patient rights were developed with the expectation that hospitals and health care institutions would support these rights in the interest of delivering effective patient care.  A physician’s ultimate goal should be patient welfare and alleviating suffering.  […]

Gratitude for Little Victories

Gratitude for Little Victories

Gratitude for Little Victories In Roald Dahl’s children’s story Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, five Golden Tickets are hidden inside five chocolate bars.  In the craze to find these rare Golden Tickets (and thereby win an exclusive tour of the chocolate factory and a lifetime supply of chocolate), many people lost sight of the joy […]

See What’s on the Inside

See What’s on the Inside Mother and two young daughters

See What’s on the Inside In the musical The Hunchback of Notre Dame, the protagonist Quasimodo has physical deformities and has been forbidden by his villainous master from ever leaving the bell tower of Notre Dame Cathedral.  His lifetime of profound isolation leaves him longing for just one day out among the people.  He has […]

Let’s Be Clear

Let’s Be Clear Student

Let’s Be Clear Have you ever had someone tell you an inside joke that you didn’t understand?  Have you felt like an outsider because other people were laughing and all you could do was laugh along or look confused?  It feels frustrating to not understand something that other people seem to understand.  Humor is built […]