The Disabled have rights too

Reposted from a story by Sarah Chapple in North Shore News on November 6, 2013 12:00 AM

Dear Editor:

Re: Disabled woman stuck in care home, Oct. 27.

I read the above mentioned article with interest after a friend who has a disability and lives independently in the community brought it to my attention. In 2009, I completed a research study during which I interviewed eight adults between the ages of 22 and 59 who had a physical disability and lived in a geriatric care facility. Each stated that their primary goal was to move back into the community and that their family physician had suggested they move into a geriatric residential care home due to lack of other options. There are few supports for young people in this setting as the facilities are designed to meet the needs of an elderly population. It is also worth noting that residents who are too young to receive a pension are left with only $95/month from their disability benefit after paying for their care. You may ask yourself, “Why should I care about this?” and I would challenge you to consider that most Canadians will experience disability and a need for support at some point in their lives. Persons with disabilities have the right to live in the community with the same choices as everyone else. Every participant in my study was previously able-bodied and had been living independently prior to finding themselves living in a nursing home. Someday this could be you.

Sarah Chapple

Vancouver

Author: disabledaccessdenied

I am a disabled woman who through no fault of my own has wheels under my ass. I rely on the decency and common sense of local, state and federal goverments, as well as the retail community to abide by the disabled access laws and provide adequate ramps, disabled toilets, and not use them as store rooms or broom closets. This blog exists to find the offenders and out them, inform them, and report them if necessary and shame them into doing the right thing when all else fails.

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