Disability transportation and socialization in rural areas
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