Eco­nomic bar­ri­ers per­sist to gain­ing in­de­pen­dence

Cape Breton Post - - Comment -

At Tim Hor­tons I saw a women who looked like she was cry­ing. I asked her if she was all right and we ended up talk­ing for sev­eral hours.

She told me she had come to Cape Bre­ton as a dis­abled per­son and had to go on so­cial as­sis­tance be­cause she couldn’t get work. Now she has an op­por­tu­nity to at­tend school and take a course but if she were to ac­cept how could she live and where would she stay when the so­cial ser­vices sys­tem will not help her out?

I think it should help peo­ple who want to ed­u­cate them­selves and get off the sys­tem. Why en­cour­age them to stay on? As of a tax­payer I would be glad to help th­ese peo­ple, in­clud­ing dis­abled peo­ple, get back on track and into the work­force.

Peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties need a voice. If my hand­i­capped son was able to work I would fight with ev­ery breath to see things change and to get the so­cial ser­vice sys­tem work­ing with us in­stead of against us. There still are peo­ple who have a heart. Norma Sut­ton Syd­ney

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