|Invisible Disabilities Association of Canada|
Phone: (902) 542-5862
| MISSION STATEMENT
"to assist those with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia and Environmental Sensitivities, their families and friends by providing information and promoting public awareness and providing support services. "
The Invisible Disabilities Association of Canada is a non profit group made up of volunteers who give their time to assist those with disabilities resulting from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Environmental Sensitivities, and associated illnesses.
The individual needs vary from person to person. The organization has referral lists of doctors, alternative practitioners, lawyers, organic farmers, natural food stores, local support group leaders, and links to other organizations working towards similar ends. Sometimes there is a requirement for the services of someone willing to work with people for a fee. Many projects have been completed with funding from the Department of Health in Nova Scotia, Foundations, local businesses and individuals.
There are several ways the organization fulfills its mandate: the referral lists (of doctors, alternative practitioners, lawyers, organic farmers, natural food stores); counseling on issues related to living with chronic illness/pain/disability; providing information to those with the illness(es), their families and loved ones (primarily through the Web Site and email/phone communications); and bringing awareness to the general public regarding the needs and concerns of those living with these and related illnesses. This is done through literature, presentations, displays, and personal contacts.
We have chosen the light pink rose as our symbol. It represents admiration and sympathy. We hope others will grow to admire people who suffer devastating illnesses and yet lead productive lives. It is also believed that others should have empathy, a better form of sympathy for us. Trying to experience life in our shoes will go a long way towards compassion and understanding. We deserve respect and consideration.
The turtle has been chosen as our symbol. Remember the fable of the tortoise and hare? The hare (rabbit) was all geared up and convinced he was going to win the race against the slow, pokey tortoise (turtle). However, he ran out of steam pretty quickly. Because the turtle took his time, he had the energy to win the race.
We feel that people suffering from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Environmental Sensitivities and/or Fibromyalgia win the race. They do this by taking one step at a time towards the goal of wellness.
These people do not give up. They continue on towards that goal with confidence and assurance that they will win. Just like the turtle!
I.D.A.Can was founded in 1999 by Shirley Soleil. Shirley, who copes with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia and Environmental Sensitivities, is a counsellor, public speaker, and writer, and has written the material found here on the I.D.A.Can site, as well as advocating for people suffering from invisible illnesses and is willing to address the emotional needs as people move through the appeal process. Her website, Shirley & You, provides more information on her background and the services she can provide, or you can contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org
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