Governments Seem to Believe Starving People with Disabilities Will Cure Them??

There’s an article in the Toronto Star newspaper today about pending cuts to the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) for people with disabilities. According to the article, the poverty line for income in Ontario for a single adult is $22,000 per year and the maximum basic needs and shelter benefit under ODSP is currently about $14,000 per year.

The Ontario government is proposing that people with medical conditions that aren’t permanent shouldn’t be eligible for ODSP and should instead be put on the Ontario Works Program which pays a single person a maximum of $733 ($8,796 per year) per month for food and lodging.

Their rationale of these cuts seems to be that people with temporary or intermittent disabilities like Cancer, Multiple Sclerosis, Mental Health issues, etc., should be able to work some of the time so don’t need the same support a person with more debilitating conditions need.

The whole idea that if you pay people with disabilities income support at less than the poverty line you’ll keep those who might abuse the system from ripping off the public purse seems to be a universal belief among all governments. It’s like saying “we’ll just see who’s faking and who is really sick”. Those faking will leave, or not even apply for, the disability program in question because of the low support level. Too bad about the really sick people who can’t afford to buy groceries.

The problem with this belief is that people who already live a difficult life are sentenced to live their lives in a permanent state of near, if not complete, insolvency. So, governments’ solution to the potential for abuse of the system is to punish everyone instead of ensuring the people who need the support are properly screened taken care of.

The rationale that people with temporary or intermittent disabilities can work part time may be true but is not usually feasible. No employer is going to hire a person who cannot promise reliable attendance at work to any responsible long term position and most wouldn’t hire them at all knowing their condition. People with serious medical conditions need a lot of time to manage their condition and perform normal everyday activities which is rarely compatible with working a regular job, even if it’s part time.

If you’d like to read the article in the Toronto Star you can see it here: https://www.thestar.com/news/gta/2019/12/09/people-struggling-on-disability-raise-fears-over-proposed-changes-to-odsp.html

Caster Loading Article

EZee Life CH1096 Aluminum Wheelchair

Caster load is the amount of weight that is supported by the wheelchair casters. Too much weight and the chair will be difficult to push, too little weight and the chair may tip over backwards.

I’ve just added a new article about caster loading, the causes and steps that can be taken to minimise the effects.

For those who are interested in reading this article it can be found at https://mobilitybasics.ca/articles/caster-load-information

Abilities Expo is Back to Mississauga

Abilities Expo
Abilities Expo
The Abilities expo is back to the International Centre in Mississauga. Below is their flyer but if you want more information you can visit: 
www.abilities.com/toronto/e.html

Accessible Halloween in Toronto

frolicshaunt.com

I got notice of this this morning in my email.

It’s a great idea for people with accessibility issues who would like to experience a halloween event in the Toronto area. This is a tour through a fully accessible haunted house.

I’ve quickly scanned their site and participation in this event is free of charge although donations will be happily accepted.

You can predetermine how scary and how much involvement you will have prior to starting the tour.

This event is for one night only and it is is very important to reserve a space for you and your friends. They are limited to one night and showing up without a reservation may lead to disappointment if they can’t fit you in.

For more information visit the Frolic’s Haunt website.

DNA Surgery

DNA Strand
DNA Strand

I came across a BBC article about a Chinese university who have successfully altered a human embryo DNA strand to remove a genetic disease.

They had a DNA strand with a defect that was known to cause the potentially life-threatening blood disorder beta-thalassemia

DNA consists of four different building blocks A, C, G and T strung together in various combinations. Apparently, as I understand it, this disease is caused by a single building block out of place among the millions of blocks that make up a DNA strand.  Continue reading “DNA Surgery”

Dear Everybody

Dear Everybody is a new awareness campaign from the Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital aiming to remove the stigma often attached to those having a disability and providing guidance for people who may have questions on how to interact with people with disabilities.

As Holland Bloorview is a children’s hospital they provide a lot of information on interacting with children with disabilities but the information also applies to adults as well.

I believe the information gathered at deareverybody.ca is of value to those with disabilities, those who regularly interact with people with disabilities and those who rarely interact with people with disabilities.

They’ve created several a number of tip sheets targeted at specific groups: Continue reading “Dear Everybody”

Welfare Wall for People with Disabilities

Photo Credit: pixabay.com

There is an interesting article in the Toronto Star the other day about how the system that is supposed to help people with disabilities live creates a wall that forces them to stay on social services by punishing those who try to get ahead.

It’s long been a pet peeve of mine that various governments feel that if you financially support disabled people at sub-poverty levels they will somehow miraculously get well and go back to work so they can eat. All this to encourage a few that may able to work to get a job and get off support services.

Most right leaning political parties are so worried about a few hundred, or thousand, people who may be abusing the system and receiving disability benefits improperly that they don’t mind starving tens of thousands of legitimately disabled people.

Continue reading “Welfare Wall for People with Disabilities”

My Team Triumph Canada

myTEAM TRIUMPH CANADA

On Saturday I visited the Toronto Abilities Expo at the International Centre on Airport Road in Mississauga. This show was a three day public show to for manufacturers and dealers in the home health care industry to display their products to the public.

In addition to the product displays, there were many booths occupied by organisations whose purpose was solely to provide services to people with disabilities. One of these organizations is My Team Triumph Canada.

This organization teams up people with disabilities with able bodied helpers in order to allow them to participate in sporting events such as runs, marathons, triathlons, etc., that they normally wouldn’t be able to participate in. This organization is completely donor funded and provides it’s services at no cost to the participant. For more information on this services please visit: www.mttcanada.org/

Black Friday Sale at FDM

FDM Black Friday Sale!

As you may or may not know the Mobilitybasics.ca website is supported by our advertisers. These companies make it possible for our visitors to get all kinds of information relevant to disabilities and home medical equipment for free and without any requirement to sign up for newsletters or provide any personal information.

So, when one of our advertisers has something they want to promote I’m happy to oblige and help them any way I can. This helps them, me and our visitors.

You may have thought that Black Friday was next Friday, and for most of the world it is, but Factory Direct Medical has started their Black Friday Sale today. Until they run out of stock you can get their best Mobility Scooters for 25% off and their most expensive and least expensive Lift Chairs for 20% off and their Lightweight Aluminum Wheelchairs for 25% off.

If you are interested in any of these products I’d suggest you visit their web site and see what you can get before they run out of stock.

Happy Black Friday, sort of,

Dave

13 month Old Wheelchair User

Okay, this is a little bit different from the normal stuff I post about but thought my visitors might be interested in it.

There is an article in the Toronto Star today about a little girl who uses a home made wheelchair built by her parents. The young girl is paralyzed below the arms by a tumor on her spine and there was no expectation she’d be able to even pull herself around on the floor for two or three years. Apparently it didn’t take long before she figured out that by pushing and pulling on the wheels she could move around their house independently.

Her mom went online looking for wheelchairs for toddlers and found a design that they could make at home for about $100.00 using an off the shelf toddler seat, a cutting board, a couple of small bike wheels and a couple of casters.

For more information and pictures you can visit The Star’s website.