Response To: David Menzies Tries To Keep Pace With Ontario's Disability Terminology

I don't know if this can be shared with other readers, but I always hated labels because they took away from the dignity of a person. When I was a child, between the age of 6 or 8 (I'm 56 now) & someone I knew had a spinal injury, people coddled that person to the point that he had lost all self-worth.

I knew then & wished I said then (which I had a tendency to do alot of as a child) "why do you let people treat you like this"?)

My point is I wish people would address the barrier issues when it comes to any issues relating to a person - IE. a person could not access a building because of heavy doors (doors needing openers). Why does a person have to be the focal point of the problem? Why does a person have to be blamed for poor planning by those who represent our needs in the community? Why is the resolution to planning exclude those who have life experience to the barriers? The best input is life experience & not a text book used for teaching in schools that teach our future design engineers (IE. Civic, Aerodynamic, etc). If the decision makers can get it through their thick heads that they don't have all the answers & simple communications to those who have simple resolutions could help develop our communities, then maybe word-smithing & labeling people can be finally stopped.

Judy Ross (Married to Ron for 34 years, who has had a spinal injury since the age of 13)
Thunder Bay

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