Letter to the Editor Re: Advantage Disabled?

The Globe and Mail
Wednesday, 25 November 2009

The Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD), a national human rights organization, applauds the athletic victories of South African sprinter Oscar Pistorius, who uses prosthetic limbs, and the dedication to excellence of all the athletes with disabilities who will be competing in the Paralympics and the Olympics. We also commend the contributions of those who create the technical aids which assist athletes with disabilities compete in their chosen sport.

Elite athletes with disabilities are not the only segment of the disability community who use technical aids. Technical aids assist people with disabilities participate in a wide range of activities with dignity and competence—family life, school, employment and sport. Unfortunately, government data bases tell us that over two million Canadian adults with disabilities lack one or more of the educational, workplace or home technical aids or supports that they need. CCD is hopeful that the attention being focused on the benefits of technical aids in the area of elite sports translates into increased support for public programs providing technical aids to Canadians with disabilities. With such programs we can have more Oscar Pistoriuses, that is, Canadians with disabilities being assisted by the technical aids they need excelling in their chosen fields of endeavor, whether that be in sport, a career or home life.


Marie White
Tel: 709-739-8233