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A Measuring Body?

Till now, The PWD Forum cannot find a country where persons with disabilities (PWDs) will be absolutely safe and sound.

It cannot be in the United States of America where The PWD Forum has 212 viewers. Chairman Sachin Pavithran of the U.S. Access Board and the disability policy analyst in the Utah State University still sees “misguided sympathy” and “warped forms of discrimination” 25 years after the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) was passed.

It cannot be in Canada where The PWD Forum has 36 viewers. Even with the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, columnist and public health reporter Andre Picard of The Globe and Mail observes that “we continue to treat inclusion of people with disabilities as a privilege rather than a right.”

It cannot be in the United Kingdom where The PWD Forum has 18 viewers. The digital news and views service CommonSpace has reported that the government has cut disability job support by 40% following controversies over the social security sanctions regime.

But then, nothing is absolute. The PWD Forum just hopes that it could convince its readers to act on the social problem physical disability has come to be.

“Discrimination occurs when, for some unfounded reason, those with disabilities are labeled as having “special” needs that are assumed to be better met at “special” schools.” ~ Sachin Pavithran

Video taken from the YouTube Channel of the Charlestown Middle School

Windsor

Even through the summer heat, the outdoor city pools in Windsor will be open for persons with disabilities (PWDs).

The Atkinson Pool, Central Pool, Lanspeary Pool, Mic Mac Pool, Remington Booster Pool, and Riverside Centennial Pool would be setting up lifts for them, anyway. There would also be amenities such as heated pools, wade pools, skateboard facilities, walking trails, and soccer pitches, among others that PWDs and non-PWDs alike can enjoy.

Lifts or elevators have been a legal requirement in some countries for some time now. It is followed by this state as mandated by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Aside from that, Windsor supports the employment of PWDs by maintaining a website that lists the programs that could assist them. These programs include employment preparation, one-to-one assistance, job coaching and maintenance, job trial and volunteer activity placements and vocational life skills training including mobility training and computer training.

It also has services that protects the rights of PWDs in the area. Among these is the Citizen Advocacy, Easter Seals Ontario – Windsor/Sarnia, and Learning Disabilities Association of Windsor – Essex County – PACE (Parents Advocating – Children Excelling).

“Loneliness is the most terrible poverty.” ~Mother Teresa


Video taken from the YouTube Channel of Kevin McShan