Sunday, March 21, 2010

Canada Ratifies UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

March 11 2010.
The headline just few days ago: Canada Ratifies United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

What does this mean? Is it for real or just another empty gesture?

This government website article assumes a familiar self-congratulatory tone:
"...Canada has been an international leader on disability and human rights..."

Yeah right; the treatment of autistic kids, and people with other disabilities proves it. And acts like taking away Special Services at Home funds for families who did not reapply six months ahead, like us, proves it as well. And long waiting lists for many services, group home placements etc. that in fact are not waiting lists, but denials of those services. This has been my experience. A lot of gesturing. A lot of documentation. A lot of meetings. A lot of self-congratulatory statements. And where are the stories of the people who are actually benefiting from these gestures on the part of government?

I really wonder how and if government could be held accountable. I wish that signing that ratification was more than a handshake and photo opportunity and a free luncheon for our officials.

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