disability rights

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Petition to Canadian National Exhibition

Keep the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) free for people with disabilities.

As of 2018, the CNE has decided to do away with its long-standing policy and tradition of allowing people with disabilities and their attendants/caregivers to enter free of charge. For many people with mobility and sensory disabilities, about two thirds of what is available at the CNE is not accessible to them to even enjoy, like the rides and games. They are basically free to walk around and see a few shows or grab a bite to eat. For many people with disabilities, the CNE represents a place where they can be social with friends and families. The new policy will require people with disabilities to pay full admission, or 50% admission with a valid Access 2 Entertainment card, and will continue to give free admission to caregivers/attendents. The primary argument from the Advisory Council implementing this change in policy is that issues of disability ought to be kept separate from financial need, or rather that disability does not necessarily equal financial need. Whether or not a person with a disability is employed in Canada, financial hardship is a very pressing issue faced by most people with moderate to severe disabilities. There are some very real and hard facts that do show of a direct link between financial need and disability: Less than 6% of Canadians with moderate to severe disabilities attain a post-secondary education Of those with post-secondary educations, the vast majority are either severely underemployed or unemployed. According to stats Canada, only 30-50% of people with moderate disabilities are employed Equal employment opportunity legislation for people with disabilities was struck down by the federal courts in 2006 People on ODSP – the Ontario Disability Support Program receive on average between $800-$1000 per month. ODSP does not fund in any way transportation for people with disabilities outside of medical appointments. This means that many people with disabilities have to pay 1/8-1/10 of their income on transportation or remain largely secluded at home if they cannot afford it. ODSP also does not fund attendant care services. Attendant care services that are funded by our government include basic activities for daily living, like eating, bathing, meal prep, dressing, toileting, etc. There is no funded attendant care service for people who require assistance to go out of their home for social activities. This means that many people with disabilities cannot engage in community activities because they cannot afford a caregiver to accompany them. The current minimum wage for caregivers in Ontario is $16.50. Not all medications or necessary dental care is covered by ODSP, even when prescribed. Of those citizens with disabilities who are employed in Ontario, the benefits and assistance are cut dramatically. For example, the Assistive Devices Program (ADP) that funds mobility and writing aids for people with disabilities will only cover 70% of a mobility aid for people not on ODSP, and will no longer fund writing aids. Wheelchairs are only built to last five years. Most motorized wheelchairs cost between $35,000-$50,000, of which 30% means that every five years working adults with mobility impairments are paying between $10,000 and $15,000 for a wheelchair every five years. They will also be required to fund their own lifts (roughly $10,000) pay repairs on all of their equipment, their medications unless provided through their work, and pay out-of-pocket for leisure related attendant care (including paying for travel, accommodation, and food for caregivers travelling with them for any reason--even work or academically-related). Employed persons with disabilities also lose out on assistance with a communication aid every five years, which helps people who need things like DragonDictate or text magnifiers. In many cases, people with disabilities who work lose housing subsidies in the amount of $800 – $1000 per month. This list of disability related expenses is by no means exhaustive. Because of the loss of assistance, services, and funding, many people with disabilities will not venture into the workforce (even if they are able to work full time) because the cost to them is not worth the massive loss in supports. Unfortunately, many people with disabilities cannot, or rarely can, afford recreational activity, even when their caregivers are given free admission to recreational places within the community. For many people with disabilities, the CNE represented one place that we could still go and look forward to at the end of every summer without worrying about paying admission. Indeed, the CNE would have repeat visitors with disabilities throughout the Ex's season attending with friends or family because of the free admission policy. While the CNE has promised to “create a more accessible environment for people with disabilities” of the people who they hope to serve will not be able to see these benefits as they may no longer be able to justify going. This new policy is truly a step backwards toward social equality for people with disabilities. Please sign this petition if you feel that the CNE should remain free to people with disabilities as it has for so many years.

Boundless in the City
298 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Shri U K Bandyopadhyay (Security Officer), Bureau Of Civil Aviation Security in India (BCAS) - 6, Bureau Of Civil Aviation Security in India (BCAS) -8, Bureau Of Civil Aviation Security in India (BCAS) - 7, Bureau Of Civil Aviation Security in India (BCAS) -5, Bureau Of Civil Aviation Security in India (BCAS) -4, Bureau Of Civil Aviation Security in India (BCAS) - 3, Bureau Of Civil Aviation Security in India (BCAS) - 2, Shri Rahul Naferia, Shri A.K.S. Billawaria, Pusapati Ashok Gajapathi Raju, Sh. Vishal Gagan, Sh. K.V.S. Rao, Dr. Vinod Aggarwal, B.S. Bhullar, J.S. Rawat, JDG, G. T. Selvan, K. P. Srivastav, Lalit Gupta, Shri. Jyoti Narayan

Enforce Disabled Friendly Screening Procedures at Indian Airports Security Check Points

I fly frequently for work, both domestically and internationally from several Indian airports. Each time I pass through the security check points at the airports, I am treated like a criminal because I use a prosthetic limb (artificial leg) for my mobility.  I am asked and many a times even forced to strip and to remove my prosthetic. The security staff then picks up my prosthetic limb and puts it on the x-ray machine as if it is a piece of luggage, while I am left immobile and in a state of agony praying that I receive my prosthetic undamaged. The international norms for checking prosthetic do not require amputees to strip, to remove their prosthetic/artificial limb; nor do they require wheel-chair users to stand up & to not use their own wheel chairs. Shouldn't that be equally easy to implement in India as well? I understand that the security staff/CISF is simply following the dictates of BCAS, Bureau of Civil Aviation Security.  I therefore, protest against the human rights violation by BCAS not only on my behalf but also on the behalf of my fellow beings/PwDs, Persons with disabilities- for enforcing the most inhumane and insensitive screening procedures that PwDs are forced to go through at the cost of their physical safety, privacy, dignity and emotional trauma, at the Indian airports. The dictate of BCAS to the CISF (Central Industrial Security Force) at Indian Airports to regard persons with disabilities including amputees like me who use/wear prosthetics such as artificial limb/limbs, a bigger security risk; to ask them to strip and remove their prosthetic and, to make the wheel chair users stand up for thorough checking & not use their wheel chairs - as they all may be carriers of explosives and weapons - is a violation of their human rights of life, liberty, fairness, respect, equality and dignity. The entire screening procedure for the persons with disabilities and medical conditions, and the insensitivity of the rustic security staff (CISF) at the Indian airports towards them need a makeover.  We are living in a human world.  These procedures and the rustic security staff got to have a humane face.  They need to be sensitized and humanized.  I am asking that CISF treats people with disabilities (including those with medical conditions and limited mobility) with dignity, respect, care & courtesy. I am not asking that the national security & the security of fliers be compromised. I am only asking BCAS to: 1) Enforce mine's and my team's manual- "Screening Guidelines to be followed by CISF Security Staff for Passengers with Disabilities at Indian Airports" and include the manual in the Standard Operating Procedure.  Doing so will go a long way in sensitising CISF. The manual abides by the world class screening procedures for persons with disabilities and medical conditions. It also abides by the language of CRPD and it was composed under the guidance of leading disability experts of India. I had personally handed over the manual to Mr. Ajay Kumar and Mr. O.P. Singh, senior CISF officers, in June, 2014. The manual was approved by the office of CISF in New-Delhi. However BCAS has not incorporated it in its SOP. 2) Install full body scanners (like in U.S.) at Indian airports. The scanners will ensure highest level of security while safeguarding the privacy, safety and dignity of persons with disabilities. 3) Enforce zero tolerance policy for any form of harassment, discrimination and infringement of the privacy, dignity, respect and human rights of PwDs. My sister Smiti Bhatia and I have written several letters and emails to BCAS and CISF officials, PM Modi, Ashok Gajapathi and several others.  However we have not received any response from them. I am asking for a meeting with PM Shri Narendra Modi, Minister of Civil Aviation Shri P. Ashok Gajapathi Raju, and the Director General of BCAS Shri Kumar Rajesh Chandra to discuss with them the difficulties faced by Persons with Disabilities and how we can resolve them.   Sign my petition to ask PM Modi, Shri Ashok Gajapathi Raju and Shri Kumar Rajesh Chandra to implement policies and procedures that will make security screening at Indian airports hassle free for Persons with Disabilities. Petitioner, Rajesh Bhatia      

Rajesh Bhatia
1,663 supporters
Update posted 4 months ago

Petition to Sheila Cary-Meagher, Uton Robinson, John Chasty, Mitzie Hunter, Arthur Potts, Kathleen Wynne

Make Malvern C.I. Accessible!

Help us get an elevator in our school! Malvern Collegiate Institute is a high school located in Ward 16 of the Toronto District School Board (TDSB). Our school is not accessible to students with a physical disability or to those who use mobility devices because it is three stories and offers no ramps, stair lifts, or elevators. This means that many teachers, guest speakers, parents, and other visitors to the school who have certain disabilities are unable to enter the school and participate in school events either easily or at all. This also means that future students with disabilities must be differed to other schools because our school is not accessible. The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act was created with the purpose of developing and enforcing accessibility standards to create an accessible Ontario by January 1 2025. With respect to this act, we are seeking to implement an elevator in our school to make the facility more accessible to people with physical disabilities or users of mobility devices. The Fraser Institute ranks schools across Ontario, and Malvern Collegiate Institute has received a ranking in the top thirty. We believe that all students should have the right to attend a good school and we want to see Malvern become a place that is welcoming and accommodating of all students. Help us achieve this goal.

Emma Fletcher
480 supporters