Breaking Barriers: Ableism
Former Lieutenant Governor of Ontario David Onley is one of six million Canadians living with a disability.
He tells Maggie John how ableism – from the language and phrases we use to the lack of accessibility in buildings – impacts how society views disabled people and sets them apart.
Employment rates for disabled people are 20% lower than for those without a disability.
Lack of treatment options and expansion to Medical Assistance in Dying legislation create barriers to proper healthcare.
Progress is lacking at the government, employment, and societal levels.
This week on Context, how Canada and the church can benefit from reframing the role of disabled people.