Disposable and devalued! Truth or myth?

Greetings and I’m Scott Savoy welcoming you to yet another gorgeous weekend
in June.
Today, I am pleased to share our president’s editorial with you and for this
week Donna J. Jodhan has her focus on a very serious and insightful topic.
I invite you now to read on!
Happy weekend.

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Disposable and devalued

A few months ago, I attended a tele board meeting of a well known Ontario
organization and I was simply blown away when the presenter gave his
personal views on how Canadians with disabilities are often viewed by the
rest of Canada. In short; “disposable and devalued.”

These were the words of a well known advocate with a physical disability who
has had many years of experience interacting, communicating, and
collaborating with a plethora of communities, organizations, and agencies
across Canada.

For me, I guess that I never really considered describing it like this but
after the board meeting I took some time to ponder these words. For the
chicken that I sometimes consider myself to be, I guess that I would
probably not have used such strong words but then if I had to be honest with
myself I would say that these are words that indeed reflect how it can often
be.

Disposable? Yes and why? Because much of society often considers persons
with disabilities to be such that our opinion does not matter. We are
considered to be extremely hard to employ and we are often thought of as
ones whose jobs and services would be first to be chopped when hard times
occur.

In short; we are often thought of as an after thought. When financial times
are hard, the needs and requirements of persons with disabilities are the
first to be disposed of. Whenever consideration is being given to providing
benefits, persons with disabilities are often considered as persons who
either do not need them, require them, or are not even considered.

Devalued? Yes and why? Because sadly enough, we are often considered as
not being able to contribute to society; financially and socially.
We are often viewed as persons considered to be unemployable.
We are also considered as persons who are unable to speak for ourselves and
accordingly we need others to speak on our behalf.
We are often considered to be persons who are not scholastically capable or
technically able.

Time for us to set the records right!
Just my two cents for today.

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