Good Crip/Bad Crip!

Once upon a time I  was a good crip. A good crip doesn’t get annoyed when strangers walk up and ask ‘what is wrong with you?’ Not hello. Not ‘nice day isn’t it? ‘  Just ‘what is wrong with you.’  They don’t really ask so much as they demand. Sometimes they put ‘do you mind…

BC Budget & Disability Benefits: The Raise Up That Was Just Another Let Down

  I am a woman with a disability. Do you believe I have a right to exist? Yes              No If you answered yes, proceed to next question. If you answered no go back to reading Mein Kampf.   Do you believe my life is of equal value to yours? Yes              No Yes – proceed. No…

‘This isn’t who we are’ – Is It? How un-Canadian is hateful prejudice?

    It was late Friday night when I first read of the pepper-spray attack on the people attending an event for Syrian refugees in Vancouver.     Motive unknown were the last two words of tweets from several accounts. I wondered if anyone – especially the person who originally conceived the need to include…

BC Government is More Frienemy Than Friend to People With Disabilities

Yesterday the BC Government announced that people receiving or applying for PWD (Person with Disability) benefits can now have up to $100,000 in assets. I called a friend to share the news and after a few minutes of shared oxygen-depriving, tear-inducing, stomach-cramping laughter, I thought maybe someone not waving pom-poms, should say something. And I…