Everyone in Canada should be able to travel freely, independently, and with dignity

Last month I talked about the inequitable treatment of those who live with disabilities with respect to transportation options in Ottawa. This month I want to highlight the treatment of people with disabilities who travel further afield.

The Canadian Human Rights Commission recognizes the barriers and discrimination that people with disabilities who rely on mobility aids, service animals and assistive technologies continue to face when travelling in Canada.

There are many instances of lost or damaged mobility devices. The loss or damage of these items is not an inconvenience it is a loss of dignity, mobility and independence. The Commission goes as far as to say that in some cases it may be a violation of fundamental human rights.

The way we treat vulnerable populations says a lot about our society. What type of community do you want to live in?

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Heather Lacey

Experienced Non-Profit Executive Director

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