The short answer to the question "do accommodations give students an unfair advantage" is: No.
The longer answer is one that I thought is worth addressing.
Today marks the start of Mental Health awareness week in Toronto! With the rising usage of social media in corporate and personal contexts, our focus this year is on raising awareness about mental health and social media. Are you a community manager? Do you manage a corporate social media account? Are you a social media guru? Blogger? Vlogger? Or regular Facebook checker? Then stay tuned this week to the blog and L&L Social channels for information, tips, personal stories, and strategies to maintain your mental health while using social media.
Awkward. Shy. Withdrawn. Unfriendly. Disinterested. Nervous. Quiet. Aloof.
These are all words that some of us may intensely identify with when social anxiety strikes. The good news is that these words are just words! … As in they do not define us as people, but are mere perceptions of ourselves that can be actively changed.
March is Nutrition month! A time of year where we can reflect on what we put in our mouths, and re-consider the purpose and impacts of the food we eat and how it affects our body. For nutrition month, we have rounded up some of our favourite posts on nutrition and the mental health benefits, and some tips to eat well at work! What will you try this month to spruce up your nutrition?
For this week we have rounded up some of our favourite posts with strategies that individuals can implement in the workplace to help improve their day to day mental health! What strategies are you implementing at work? Pick one that you could try today and see how you feel.
We at L&L Consulting are saddened by the recent death of top Chef Benoit Violier from the famous Restaurant de l'Hotel de Ville. Chef Violier's suicide has once again drawn attention to the working conditions and lack of mental health supports available for chefs, and all those working in kitchens and restaurants.
February 1st-7th, 2016 marks Eating Disorders Awareness Week (EDAW), an initiative aimed at promoting the message that “eating disorders can and do affect everyone” (National Eating Disorder Information Centre, 2014). Although there is no single cause for eating disorders, concerns about body weight and body shape play a role in all eating disorders. The actual cause of these disorders appears to result from a combination of genetic, neurobiologic, socio-cultural, behavioural, and psychological factors (Williams, Goodie, & Motsinger, 2008). Since eating disorders involve private rather than public behaviour, assessment in the work environment can be quite difficult (Tompkins, 2011).
Many of us may have heard of or seen service animals working with people to help them do the things they need to accomplish in their day. Most often, we see service dogs with people who have a visual impairment, helping them to navigate their environment and make difficult tasks easier to manage. What we may not have heard about before are service dogs for people who have a mental illness.
What do you look for in a new hire? Likely, you are looking for someone who is:
- Hard working
- Good attendance record
- Talent and unique skills
According to this article from the Globe and Mail, these are employer-highlighted qualities of employees with disabilities. People with disabilities have many positive skills to contribute to the workplace that can ultimately increase productivity and reduce costs associated with turnover, presenteeism and absenteeism.