Imagine trying to make Mount Everest disability friendly. Where do you draw the line?
Ontario's plan to become fully accessible for the disabled within 20 years is being hailed as "wonderful news" by a London advocate for the physically challenged. "It's come not a minute too soon," said Cathy Vincent-Linderoos, who gets around by wheelchair. "I'm very happy."
But it is also a human right to reap the rewards of your labour and to dispose of your property as you wish. Too bad the fundamental human rights collide with these fictionalized human rights. Just as it is wrong to force establishments to ban smoking, so it is surely wrong to force private businesses to renovate their premises for the sake of a small minority that seeks special privileges.
Once the first standards are in place in three years, individual violators will face fines of $50,000 and companies $100,000 upon conviction.
Fuck you - I have a healthy body and enjoy the pleasures of movement, but you people make it difficult for me to "have fun" because all of my earnings are spoken for before they even reach me. I can't even imagine travel! Don't get me wrong - we all have a right to freedom of movement as long as we don't interfere with the rights of others.
And I don't think it's going to be very fun in this province 20 years from now if 20% of us are apparently predicted to be disabled -- time to leave!
Emphasis will be on education of children, she said, "so we will have a generation that won't think twice about accessibility. It will be part of their everyday thinking. They won't ever complain about the price of a ramp. In fact, they'll say: 'Can you imagine before 2004, people complained about the price of a ramp. What were they thinking?'
Please guardians of public safety - make the world accessible for all of us. Back off government!
Thursday, October 14, 2004
Posted by Lisa Turner on Thursday, October 14, 2004