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- Custom Mobility - November 18, 2013 November 19, 2013This is a time of year that many people consider the purchase of mobility equipment such as walkers, scooters, lift chairs, bath lifts and emergency alarm pendants. While each help provide independence and dignity, caution must to be taken as some sell these items to take advantage of the spending season, rather than helping people fulfill functional need. A […]
Questions Need To Be Answered
I recently read a Blog, “Why I Missed the Emerging Leaders Relaunch PartyJeffrey Preston “>” by Jeffrey Preston on September 25th, 2010. The issues he raises made me reflect on some questions I have been asking myself over the past few months.
1. While watching the Olympics, countless references were made by announcers regarding the competiveness of the athletes. Some were highlighted on how they had overcome major obstacles to be there in competition. These were celebrated and promoted as testimonials to the virtues of tremendous human spirit and perseverance. I agree with the masses, and applaud those accomplishments. I then question however, what about the Para-Olympians? Are their stories not at very least, of equal or greater examples of those very qualities? This being so, why does the world tune-out at conclusion of the “able-bodied” games.
2. Estimates have indicated that 3 to 4% of the population is gay. Statistics Canada estimates that about 14% of the population is disabled. Why then is more not known about issues facing disabled people? Why are more resources not put into educating the public regarding how to assist the disabled? Is it time for worldwide Disabled Pride Parades?
3. When I tell people, we are in the business of mobility, why do so many people immediately assume our only business is geriatric? Are our younger clients invisible?
4. When the conversation is raised regarding improving conditions for disabled, the first response reflects the monetary cost. Is this a defensive reflex? Understanding that money is always an issue, if an economic argument were presented to show offsetting costs would the objections disappear? Are there not many things that can be changed that are non-monetary, such as change in attitude?
5. Before I get too high on my soap box, I also have to question myself. If I were not in this business, would I be thinking of these things? Would I carry on in my life oblivious like so many others? If so, what kind of person would that make me?
The time has come to engage in open and frank discussions, otherwise, the number of questions will only continue to grow.