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Monday Update: NCI Training Edition

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Monday Update: NCI Training Edition

Hi everyone and happy Monday!! This past Thursday I had my training for the National Core Indicators (NCI) research project in association with the Ohio Board of Developmental Disabilities at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio…What a mouthful! I had the honor of being one of fifty out of over five hundred selected to take part in this opportunity and I was so happy to be there – even though I had to get up at 4:15 in the morning to begin my day! Let’s discuss, but first take a look at some of the responsibilities that my new job will hold by watching some or all of this video:

My day began early on Thursday morning and didn’t stop until I got home at roughly 7:30 in the evening. After I finished getting myself ready for the day, I packed some snacks, made some coffee, and then hit the road. I live in Akron, Ohio and my drive to Columbus took a little over two hours. Luckily, I began my drive early enough to account for traffic because the rush hour traffic was insane! I had to be at The Ohio State University’s McCampbell Hall by 8:30 to begin checking in and because of my early start I made it right on time.

When I got to our designated room number, I was a bit taken aback by the fact that I was easily the youngest person there. Everyone was at least thirty or older and as I learned throughout the day, all of them had some type of job in the field of service for people with developmental disabilities. Other members of the research project had children with some type of special needs and there were also some fantastic self advocates taking part in the day as well. My parents were so impressed when I told them this and I have to say, I was quite impressed with myself, too!

Our day began at 9:00 sharp and we were introduced to the responsibilities we would have as members of the NCI research project. It’s going to be our job to interview people with developmental disabilities to make sure that through the Ohio Board of Developmental Disabilities they’re receiving the best care possible. It’s also going to be our duty to report anything suspicious to make sure that there is no negligence or abuse going on.

Throughout the day we watched and analyzed the video I posted above, learned how to report possible cases of abuse, and listened to speakers such as the head of the Nisonger Center at OSU who is assisting with this project, department heads at the Ohio Board of Developmental Disabilities, and the people in charge of the NCI project. It was so cool to be able to ask questions and interact with people who are in such high esteem in the world of developmental disabilities.

My training went on until five in the afternoon and I learned so much. We went over the survey that we’ll be completing in extensive detail and I feel confident in my ability to do it well. I have a folder full of paper with the slides of the Powerpoints that we were viewing too so I can look over them whenever I need. My mom read some of them with me too because she’s a developmental pediatrician and is always hungry for more knowledge!

My day was so jam packed with information that I couldn’t even begin to cover it all in one post. All of the speakers did a great job of holding my interest because it definitely would have been easy to zone out during the day! I am so happy to take part in such an important project and I can’t wait to begin conducting my interviews throughout the next few months!

So there you have it, this week’s Monday Update: NCI Training Edition! How was everyone’s weekend? What are your plans for the holidays? I wanna hear from all of you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! Much love. -Sarah

One Size Fits All On Different Body Types Video

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One Size Fits All On Different Body Types Video

Hey! So I was scrolling through my Facebook news feed today and I saw one of my friends post a video with the caption “One Size Fits All On Different Body Types”. Usually I’m not one for watching reposted videos, but this title spoke to me, especially because I used to sell One Size Fits All clothing at PacSun (I also have had quite a few upsetting incidents while trying on OSFA clothing). One of the brands carried called Brandy Melville was all OSFA. I can’t recommend watching this video enough:

I absolutely adored all of the girls in the video. I especially appreciated their nonchalant attitude to the project. It was nice to see these ladies making jokes about these pieces of clothing that claim to fit everyone when they indeed did not fit them. I wish that I could do that. I’m very sensitive about my body and quite frankly, I get upset when clothing in a size small doesn’t fit me. When I worked at Pac and tried some of the OSFA clothing on just for fun it made me feel AWFUL when the clothes just wouldn’t fit me. It made me look at the parts of my body that the clothing was extremely tight on with absolute malice. Like one of the girls mentioned in the video, I felt like something was completely wrong with my body. But when something did fit me, look out! It was almost euphoric. Oh, the joy of being included in the one percent clump of people who can fit into an OSFA shirt!!! But that’s not right either is it? I can recall trying on one of those blasted OSFA items when I was struggling with bulimia and to speak in all honesty it was traumatizing when it didn’t fit me. It felt like my eating disorder wasn’t making me good enough to fit into a stupid shirt that can’t fit ninety nine percent of the population. Clothing shouldn’t do that to people. Shopping for clothes should be a fun occasion! It shouldn’t be something that makes you go home hating the body that you’re stuck with. I admire the girls that were in this video a lot. I’ve been eating disorder sober for quite some time now, but I’m still far from comfortable to be able to do something like that. They had award winning attitudes and definitely will make people stop and think before they support an One Size Fits All company. My opinion? Stick to Small, Medium, Large, or as big or little as you need. Screw OSFA.

How did you guys feel about this video? What’s your opinion on the new One Size Fits All trend? I’d love to hear from you, so leave me a comment and let’s chat! And make sure to check in with me tonight for my review of the new episode of American Horror Story: Freak Show. Peace. -Sarah