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 Choice is a function of options an advocate once said to me.  Taking the time to find options is something we find difficult sometimes, like choosing clothes for work, we may not have too much time and become frustrated with choices. 

 As we live in a world of chaos or where things appear to be out of control, talking to our  family and friends may give us some perspective on events and issues important to us that are impacting on our lives.   Much is talked and posted about how people’s coping capacities are based on past experiences where our coping capacity is stretched to the limits, and sometimes beyond. Trauma refers to situations where a person is confronted with situations that exceed and overwhelm their coping capacity. We forget with the routine and busyness of our lives that traumatic event are put aside, that a single event has caused trauma. Or we don’t see the fatigue from trauma of people around us that they have had to deal with for years.

 There are two ways to consider trauma and to organize these events to give ourselves as people with disabilities a chance to manage or even flow through events that may at first thought be overwhelming to us. 

 There are at least 2 types of trauma, and when it comes to trauma size matters, how big or small you think a trauma  is also about finding and keeping a perspective on the things that happen or are about to happen. Hams and Stranssner are two people we can draw on to help us prepare for going into events we might think are overwhelming and prepare ourselves with support from others informal or formal with ways of thinking that assist us. A surprising finding of the research is that people can grow through traumatising situations and I think people find a way of flowing for themselves that is being reflected in finding growth through trauma. The big T1 includes, the big changes in your life such as having to move to a new country or health issue.

  •    Structure of types T1 & T2 Trauma work of Straussner etal ) & Hams (2014)   Reported growth through trauma situations.

 I invite you to wear the shoes of a refugee, who has faced BIG T Trauma in their country of origin, only to come to their version of a new home in Australia, to face Small T Trauma.   The research on trauma and post-traumatic stress disorders also presents the social impacts that can be recognized as disabilities.   Amprao (2012) demonstrated a number of social barriers to refugees with disabilities. I contest that the barriers in the new host country impact on emotional stability and wellbeing. Hans work adds to the work of Ken O'Brien (2010), an advocate for the epigenetic implications of trauma, and a whole community approach to support and recovery.








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