By The Associated PressIn a country where people with disabilities can often find themselves trapped in their homes, where their rights are frequently ignored or abused, Canadians are learning a little bit more about what it takes to live a full life.
A new report by the National Centre for Disability Rights (NCDR) highlights the many obstacles that people with language disabilities face when it comes to accessing public services, like education and employment.
The report, released Tuesday, was written with the help of more than 40 disability advocates, advocates and researchers who are trying to get the Canadian government to acknowledge the fact that people living with language and intellectual disabilities are not “less than.”NCDL’s director of education, David Gourlay, said that while the report is not intended to be a call to repeal the existing system, it does underscore the need for change.
“We are not suggesting that people who are disabled have no rights,” Gourryll told CBC News.
“We are saying that when people with a disability live in the Canadian context, they often have to fight for access to the goods and services that are provided.”
In the report, the Canadian Disability Rights Commission (CDRC) notes that people of color are less likely to receive the same level of care as people of other races.
For instance, the report notes that the rates of people living in poverty and living in transitional housing have been found to be similar to those of other groups in Canada.
“The CDRC estimates that between 80 to 90 per cent of people with disability are not receiving the same levels of services that other people of colour are receiving,” Gaurlay said.
The CDCR report notes, for example, that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, who account for about 40 per cent the country’s population, are more likely to be classified as in poverty.
“Many of these people do not have the financial means to access the level of services or to the types of services they need,” Guryll said.
Guryll says there are more than 60,000 people living on reserve or in shelters across the country.
“There are not enough services available to meet the needs of these communities, and they have to rely on the support of the government,” he said.
“When you look at the situation that people are in, it is so much harder to find housing.”
The report also highlights the fact some of these shelters are in residential areas, where people who have special needs may not have access to basic services, such as health care, employment, or even access to education.
“Some people live in houses that are not accessible to people who may need to go to school,” Gurryll said, citing a study that found that people experiencing hearing loss and other sensory and communication challenges were more likely than other groups to face challenges accessing the services they require.
“In the residential care system, there is a lack of people who do have the resources to access those services.”
Numerous studies have found that, when it is not possible to provide basic services to people with special needs, they may face significant barriers to accessing them.
For example, one study found that women with disabilities were three times more likely as white people to be denied the right to work because they have hearing impairments.
Another study found those with disabilities who were unemployed were five times more than those who were employed.
Other studies have also found that older adults, people with mental health issues and people with learning disabilities face challenges getting adequate care and services.
“If you’re in an emergency situation, you’re going to need some form of help,” Gurdel said.
“You don’t just go to a doctor and expect to be able to go home, or you don’t go to an optometrist and expect them to help you.
People who are struggling with disabilities are at greater risk of losing those services if they can’t access them.”
To address this, Gurayll said that Canada should make it easier for people with developmental disabilities to access services.
The country has already taken steps to address some of the challenges people with specific disabilities face, including providing special education services for people who need it.
However, Gurylay said there is still a long way to go in addressing the many barriers faced by people with certain disabilities.
“One of the things that we are seeing is that we have to get more inclusive, and we need to get people to think about how we are going to create better, more inclusive communities,” he explained.
“It is important to think outside of the box.”