Hey all, here are a few links for my Canadian friends. Please have a look; it's so very important that you know your rights. Also it is important to do your best to not let your fears get in the way of sticking up for yourself because knowing your rights is only a part of the battle!


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http://www.charterofrights.ca/language.php

http://www.ohrc.on.ca

http://www.ohrc.on.ca/en/issues/disability

P.S. I just found more helpful links for all of us!

http://www.humanrights.com/

http://www.un.org/en/documents/udhr/

Take care!

Andre


Questions, questions, questions, they are all around us. They push us forward or they sometimes pull us back, never keeping us in one spot for too long. I have a few questions that hopefully will push me towards and along the path that I want to take in life. My questions are as follows; as an individual living with a physical disability, why can’t I have assistance to live my life to its fullest? Why is it that adults who have cognitive and developmental disabilities receive more assistive services than adults who have physical disabilities? Does the government think that people with physical disabilities do not have viable goals and aspirations in their lives? By voicing these questions, I hope that I will move closer towards my desired life path.

Geez, trying to have my own life is nearly as tricky as defying gravity! I am twenty years of age, I recently graduated high school and I'm looking to start building my life. However, there are barriers and infringed rights that have to be dealt with before I can have the life that I envisioned for myself.

I am not able to get out of my house without assistance and I know that I am not the only one in this situation. Therefore, I am starting a movement called “Defying Gravity” to advocate for the rights of people living with physical disabilities. If you have a physical disability and you are in the same boat as me, please send me your stories. You can do this a number of ways. You can write it down, record yourself on video or utilize whatever method that best works for you.

In Canada, we are entitled to the rights guaranteed in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. We are also entitled to peacefully advocate for our rights. We have the right to Life, Liberty and Security of the person; guaranteed in Section 7 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

How are our rights to Life, Liberty and Security being honoured when we are not receiving the assistance we require to get out of our houses and achieve our goals?

For more details, please go to: http://defying-gravity.ning.com/


Dear Government, I heart you!
I thought I would do something constructive and channel my ever-growing mountain of destruction..I mean frustration into writing this. Soooo I have finally finished high school. [APPLAUSE] What’s my next step? [THINKS] um..I don’t walk so how can I take a step?? [THINKS] Hello people, this thing I am sitting in, is referred to as a wheelchair. Imagine that! This is not one of my acting gigs, this is the REAL DEAL! [OOH, AHH]
Though seriously people, my next step is rather complicated. My next is to pursue a career in the entertainment industry. I know I can write, act and model. The issue is I need assistance on a daily basis. I do have support workers that come every day however they are only allowed to help me with my personal care. My personal care includes activities like; feeding, dressing and bathing. They aren’t allowed to assist me with activities out in the community. I have contacted organizations all across Ontario and they all say that they can’t help me. So what, you expect me to do nothing for the rest of my life?
As a Canadian citizen, I am entitled to the right to Life, Liberty and Security of the person; guaranteed in Section 7 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. How is my right to Life, Liberty and Security being honoured when I am not receiving the assistance I require to get out of my house and live my life?
Much Love!
Andre
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