Thoughts for the Week
I agree with everything Elizabeth Manning refers to in this article. Although the arguments she’s making, and the figures she’s calculating specifically refer to Australia, this is good stuff.
Politicians, policy makers, and the general public tend to view disability funding as charitable. This is counter productive for everyone in the long term. Looking at funding as an investment implies building a future and societal value.
Charity implies that people are dependant and don’t make contributions of value. Not to mention that charity is never central to a fiscal budget in the way investments are. Strong cases like Elizabeth is making are necessary for a cultural shift in how supports are viewed and funded.
Blogging Against Disabilism is an annual event where bloggers write posts to raise awareness on different issues affecting the disability community. It’s a great way to find new blogs. This is an organized list of blog posts according to area of interest.
I’m happy to report that the Manitoba support agency New Directions has settled their dispute with the RM of Springfield. In 2010 the RM said the agency would have to apply to rezone the new home they were opening as institutional. The Manitoba Human Rights Commission says the RM will have to change some bylaws to ensure they are not discriminatory. Congratulations on lobbying a successful case New Directions!
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