Friday, January 13, 2006

Australia in Dark Ages on Disability

See this article by that title. It begins:

AUSTRALIA is an apartheid nation! It sounds shocking but sadly, for many Australians, it's a reality. Australians with disabilities are segregated from mainstream society, discriminated against in almost every facet of public and private life and disempowered from making even the simplest decisions over their everyday lives.

Our bodies and our homes are owned by those who regulate our lives and keep us apart from the wider community; special schools, housing, access, toilets, parking, hotel rooms and, of course, special taxis. But why are the needs and aspirations of people with disabilities treated as no more than an afterthought?

Qantas's decision to ban passengers with disabilities if they use an electric wheelchair is a sad indictment of society's attitudes.


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