Consolation Prizes

For decades, voters with disabilities and their supporters have pushed for reforms of health care and social service bureaucracies. And there have been some real successes: curb cuts, liberating people from institutions, the Registered Disability Savings Plan. Tragically, says Paul Caune (Executive Director of Civil Rights Now! www.civilrightsnow.ca), advocates have failed much more often than they have won. One reason for this is that they have allowed their reforming energy to be dissipated by accepting consolation prizes.

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