What motivated me is this - the survey was lengthy (to the point of annoyance, really) but as we neared the end of the call, it hit me like a lightning bolt - what was missing.
Anyone care to hazard a guess?
It was us.
Oh sure, we were there. Of course, we were there. In everything from power rates to emergency health care to the HST to creating more jobs in rural Nova Scotia to class sizes in elementary school .... on and on it went. All that stuff is important and relevant to varying degrees to all of us.
But what was missing was any reference to any issues relevant to the disability community.
Interestingly (but not surprisingly), seniors were prominently featured. Children were there. Families were there. Small business were there. But there was absolutely NO mention of the disability community or any of our issues.
The closest thing to our issues was, in fact, rather a stretch - one question on how important I felt it was to help those most in need. In my mind, that includes those in the disability community. But for
We, my good friends, are not on the radar.
And, if our issues are not on the radar, how in the world can we possibly expect to have them addressed?
If, when the government assesses public opinion on the importance of various issues, people are never even asked their opinion on the issues so important to us and our families, how will government ever assess (let alone grow) the political will to tackle our issues?
This is a post about questions, not answers. But, should anyone have any answers, I, for one, would love to hear them.
Because, really, people ... I'm thinking we have a serious problem here.