Historically the rights of people with disabilities have always lagged behind those without disabilities. The rules of society were made without considering their unique challenges and contributions. Cities and other buildings were built without thought to how people with disabilities would navigate their landscapes, our education system was designed to help people become contributing members of society but has not provided the necessary support for persons with disabilities, and employment laws and human resource practices have not protected those with mental, physical or social disabilities.
Under Stephen Harper’s leadership the fragile wall of progress that had been built on efforts such as the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, is being eroded. Financial, physical and social supports are being cut without consideration of the hardships they cause on people with disabilities, their caregivers and families, employees, service users and communities.
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