Dis­abil­ity trans­porta­tion and so­cial­iza­tion in ru­ral ar­eas

The Compass - - EDITORIAL -

Be­ing dis­abled presents a va­ri­ety of chal­lenges and life ad­just­ments. There is a lack of sup­port for the cause in ru­ral ar­eas.

Dis­abled peo­ple face not only med­i­cal is­sues but self-es­teem and so­cial­iza­tion prob­lems as well. Iso­la­tion is a com­mon prob­lem be­cause trans­porta­tion is limited.

Wheel­chair ac­ces­si­ble taxi serv- ice is not pro­vided in the Con­cep­tion Bay Cen­tre area and as such op­por­tu­ni­ties are limited. There is very lit­tle help given to mi­nor­ity groups and re­sources are hard to come by.

Things that are sim­ple for the able-bod­ied like go­ing out to shop­ping malls and other places in­volves an ex­tra ef­fort for per­sons with dis­abil­i­ties. A care at- ten­dant must be present for our safety and some places are not wheel­chair ac­ces­si­ble.

With proper sup­port from the com­mu­ni­ties, I hope we can band to­gether to form a group as­sess­ing and find­ing so­lu­tions to the prob­lems. Lets make ac­ces­si­bil­ity a pri­or­ity!

Stephanie Dun­phy writes from Holy­rood

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