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CONGRATULATIONS TO What changes
ALLISON SCHMIDT! Community Living are examples of individuals
would help make a
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positive difference in
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Disability Claims Advocacy ple who are prepared
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a portion of their life
Along with her husband, Bill,
disabilities, build broad-
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ing knitting as an “in” thing. rum, we hope to have to send an electronic
momentum and ulti-
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A Fair Deal for Everyone
By Chelsea Jones
Systemic discrimination. That’s a new name for it. Well, it’s new to me anyway. I’m taking a justice course
and I have to learn the definitions for a number of terms, one of them being “systemic discrimination”.
In my tired pursuit of marks, I finally found a generic definition systemic discrimination as patterns of behavior
in an institution that create or perpetuate disadvantages for some people.
It seems that, in most cases, systemic discrimination is linked to numerical data that shows that workplaces
aren’t hiring enough people that are usually at a disadvantage. This includes people with disabilities.
Now, there is a section in the Saskatchewan Human Rights code that is designed to prevent disadvantages
in the work place. This bit, more specifically Section 47 of the code, is designed to encourage employers to
hire people from disadvantaged groups. Among these groups are people with disabilities.
This is an act of employment equity, wherein all things are considered and individuals are hired based on
their qualifications, but with special attention given to ensure that certain people from certain groups won’t be
discriminated against. You know, like people with disabilities.
There are complaints about systemic discrimination in the workplace towards people with disabilities. I know I
don’t see many so-called “disabled” people serving me, teaching me, or hiring me. Basically, employers
aren’t hiring enough of these people so they remain unemployed. But under work equity rules, employers are
supposed to hire those who are qualified for certain jobs. With that said, let’s divert our attention from the em-
ployers to the educators.
People with disabilities are being discriminated against in the workplace because they are not receiving the
proper training and education to gain the qualifications to participate in the workplace. Our school systems
are systematically discriminating against (seeing a pattern, here?) people with disabilities.
There are informal policies, and some formal ones, in public schools that keep the “disabled” kids separate
from the “normal” kids. The “disabled” don’t learn the same subjects as the other kids – they learn mainly
about trades. They collect cans, bake food for the canteen, and deliver things to the classrooms. Albeit, trade
skills are useful skills that leas to future jobs, its unfair that trades are their only option.
When some kids don’t graduate with the same level of academic knowledge as others because they’ve only
learned about trades, they don’t have any options in terms of secondary education. This is becoming a large
priority to employers.
The public school system also keeps the “disabled” hidden from the rest of the school by refusing to integrate
classrooms, with the exception of a few lucky kids who get to attend classes with their seemingly “normal”
peers. The programs for young people with disabilities are specially designed to force and glorify the separa-
tion of the “abled” and the “disabled”. The system’s excuse is that some people need special treatment when
it comes to learning.
Call it tough love, but the system ought to cut the special treatment.
With adults with disabilities being the leading group of impoverished people in this country, and families strug-
gling to provide for their adult “disabled” loved ones who can’t provide for themselves, I’d say that this over-
zealous concept of special treatment needs stop so that people with disabilities can survive in the real world.
The solution is integration, not separation.
Indeed, students with disabilities are the ones that spend their days collection garbage and sweeping the
cafeteria rather than reading Romeo and Juliet or dividing fractions in high school. This kind of neglect of aca-
demic knowledge points the school system’s server underestimation of a certain group of people.
A Fair Deal for Everyone continued
By presuming that people with disabilities are only fit for certain kind of jobs and designing educational pro-
grams to adhere to this presumption, the public school system is discrimination against theses people by fail-
ing to offer them equal opportunity to learn the same way that the majority of students learn.
And this discrimination is later carries into the workplace. “Normal” kids see the “disabled” doing the dirty
work, and grow up to hire the “disabled” to do the same thing. Or, worse, the “normal” adults don’t hire the
“disabled” at all because they entirely unaware of the talents and abilities that people with disabilities can
bring to their lives because the school system has kept the “disabled” under a such a deceptive shroud of
specialness that they become unnoticed.
It is my opinion that a person with a disability of any sort be entitled and able to work as hard as anyone else
in the pursuit to do anything she or he would like to do. When this is not the case, and these people are work-
ing harder for fewer benefits than anyone else, the problem must stem from somewhere.
Employers don’t hire people with disabilities because they aren’t qualified. These people aren’t qualified be-
cause the public school system neglects to help them earn the proper qualifications through this new thing
that you and I just learned about – systemic discrimination.
I don’t imagine this column will go without some reaction, and I urge your comments.
I would like to hear another side to this story. However, I will point out that until the public school system can
give me an example of an individual with a disability who can teach me about concepts such as systemic dis-
crimination – not from experience, but from the qualifications they achieved to stand at the front of a lecture
hall as an educated and influential academic professor – I don’t think I’ll buy it.
"Reprinted by courtesy of the Leader-Post." Monday March 20, 2006
George Thomas, Executive Director of the Saskatchewan Deaf and
Hard of Hearing services in Saskatchewan is retiring!
George, it has been a pleasure working with you for the past thirteen plus
years. Your knowledge and expertise, as well as your tenacity has brought
disability issues to the forefront in Saskatchewan.
Congratulations on your retirement!
Beefs & Bouquets!
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Saskatchewan Voice of People with Disabilities, Inc.
Annual General Meeting
June 17th, 2006
Prince Albert, SK
10:00 am –12:00 pm
Time: 10:00 a.m.
2. Additions to Agenda
3. Adoption of Agenda
4. Approval of 2005-06 Minutes
5. Auditor’s Report
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7. Appointment of Auditor for 2006 -2007 Regina, SK S4R 2P7
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Saskatchewan Rental Housing Supplement
The Saskatchewan Rental Housing Supplement includes two benefits:Family Rental Housing Supplement and Disability
Rental Housing Supplement. The supplements are part of the larger Home First initiative and the Building Independence strategy.
The Saskatchewan Rental Housing Supplement helps low-income renting families and individuals to access quality and affordable
housing. The Supplement is available to low-income people whether they are working or not. Home First is a key component of
the Government of Saskatchewan's long-term vision that all citizens have homes that promote health, independence, security
The Family Rental Housing Supplement -Eligibility is limited to families with children under the age of 18. Family composition,
location, rent, and household income determine the amount of the supplement -Eligible properties must meet specific health and
safety Maximum monthly Supplement ranges for single and two parent families: 1-2 Children -$119/month, 3-4 Children -
$136/ month and 5+ Children - $151/month
The Disability Rental Housing Supplement -Eligibility is open to single individuals, couples without children and families. The
supplement is conditional upon one member having a disability that produces a recognized housing impact. These impacts are
self-assessed by the applicants.
Supports that address the housing impact of the disability must be in place at the time of the application.
Recognized disability-related housing supports:
Accessibility/location supports - ramps, elevators, street-level
entrances, widened doorways, required supportive services such as
living in close proximity to a supportive neighbour, family member
or transportation/shopping services;
Other physical supports/features such as audio or visual alarms,
intercoms, grab bars, bath lifts, lowered counters, enhanced
ventilation, lighting, security or reduced noise/soundproofing.
Family composition, location, rent and household income determine the amount of the supplement.
Eligible properties must meet specific health and safety requirements.
Maximum monthly Supplement ranges are: Single Individual - $150/month, Couples without children - $150/month, and
Families - $227/month (when combined with the family supplement)
Applications for the Saskatchewan Rental Housing Supplement are taken over the phone through the Building Independ-
ence Contact Centre. To better serve people with cognitive disabilities who may require more varied housing supports, a
paper application and accompanying program guide are available.
For further information, to complete a pre-assessment for the Saskatchewan Rental Housing Supplement, or to obtain an
application and program guide, please call our Building Independence Contact Centre at 1-888-488-6385 to speak with one
of our Client Service Specialists. In Regina, applicants can call 787-4723 or 787-1090 if TTY is required. TTY users out-
side of Regina can call 1-800-663-9052. The application and program guide are also available on the department website at
The Contact Centre is open: Monday to Friday from 7 a.m. to7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday from
8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Lovely Rose at 87
The first day of school our together and talk nonstop. I When you lose your dreams,
professor introduced himself was always mesmerized listen- you die.
and challenged us to get to ing to this “time machine” as
know someone we didn’t al- she shared We have so many people walk-
ready know. I stood up to her wisdom God promises ing around who are dead and
look around when a gentle and experi- a safe landing, don’t even know it!
hand touched my shoulder. I ence with not a calm pas- There is a huge difference be-
turned around to find a wrin- me. Over sage. If God tween growing older and grow-
kled, little old lady beaming up the course brings you to it, ing up. If you are nineteen
at me with a smile that lit up of the year, He will bring years old and lie in bed for one
her entire being. She said, “Hi Rose be- you through it. full year and don’t do one pro-
handsome. My name is Rose came a ductive thing, you will turn
I’m eighty-seven years old. campus icon twenty years old. If I am eighty
Can I give you a hug?” I and she easily made friends seven years old and stay in bed
laughed and enthusiastically wherever she went. She loved for a year and never do anything
responded, “Of course you to dress up and she reveled in I will turn eighty-eight. Anybody
may!” the attention bestowed upon can grow older, That doesn’t
and she her from the other students. take any talent or ability. The
growing older is
gave me She was living it up. At the end idea is to grow up by always
a giant of the semester we invited finding opportunity in change.
Growing up is
squeeze. Rose to speak at our football Have no regrets. The elderly
“Why are banquet. I’ll never forget what usually don’t have regrets for
make a Living by
you in she taught us. She was intro- what we did, but rather for the
what we get, we
college duced and stepped up to the things we did not do. The only
make a Life by
at such a podium. As she began to de- people who fear death are those
what we give.
young, liver her prepared speech, she with regrets. She concluded her
innocent dropped her three by five cards speech by courageously singing
age? I asked. She jokingly on the floor. Frustrated and a “The Rose.”
replied, I’m here to meet a rich little embarrassed she leaned
husband, get married, and into the microphone and simply She challenged each of us to
have a couple of kids…” “No said, “I’m sorry I’m so jittery. I study the lyrics and live them
seriously, “ I asked. I was cu- gave up beer for lent and this out in our daily lives. At the
rious what may have moti- whiskey is killing me! I’ll never year’s end Rose finished the
vated her to be taking on this get my speech back in order so college degree she had begun
challenge at her age. “I al- let me just tell you what I all those years ago. One week
ways dreamed of having a know.” after graduation Rose died
college education and now I peacefully in her sleep. Over
am getting one!” she told me. As we laughed she cleared her two thousand college students
throat and began, “We do not attended her funeral in tribute to
After class we walked to the stop playing because we are the wonderful woman who
student union building and old; we grow old because we taught by example that it’s never
shared a chocolate milkshake. stop playing. There are only too late to be all you can
four secrets to staying young, possibly be.
We became instant friends. being happy, and achieving
Everyday for the next three success. You have to laugh
months we would leave class and find humor everyday.
You’ve got to have a dream.
In Memory of Peter Bidulka
Bidulka- The passing of Pe- 1955. Peter was employed at the Social Assistance Rates as of
ter Bidulka, of Saskatoon, Post Office and the Canadian
occurred on Easter Sunday, Government Elevators until he May 1, 2006
April 16th, 2006 at RUH Hos- retired. Peter loved farming his Maximum Rate
pital with his two daughters land near Kylemore and believed Tier A Tier B Tier C Tier D/ Public Housing
by his side. Peter will be lov- one must work hard. Peter’s fam-
ingly missed by his whole ily and friends always come first Single Employable $230 $225 $215 $210
family. Peter will also be in his life. He was outgoing, gen-
missed by many dear rela- erous, compassionate, caring, Sharing $185 $185 $185 $185
tives and fond friends. Peter and more than willing to drop
Room -Single $150 $150 $150 $150
was predeceased by his anything at a moments notice to
wife, Olga. Peter was born help someone out. He was ac- -Childless couple $300 $300 $300 $300
on November 21st, 1918 in tively involved in volunteer activi-
the Bruno district where he ties such as: school counsels, Single Unemployable $320 $320 $300 $285
worked on the family farm coaching ball, the N.D.P. Party,
Childless couple $365 $365 $345 $330
and attended school until he the Saskatchewan Voice of Peo-
completed grade 12. He ple with Disabilities, Wheelchair Families*
worked various jobs until he Sports and the Canadian Para-
met the love of his life, Olga plegic Society, for which he re- 1 - 2 children $415 $410 $380 $370
Nakrayko whom he married ceived many rewards. Peter and
in 1945. They farmed and Olga’s door and hearts were al- 3 - 4 children $475 $470 $435 $410
ran Peter’s grocery in ways open to friends and rela-
5 or more children $525 $500 $460 $435
Kylemore, Saskatchewan tives.
until moving to Saskatoon in *Add $50 per “child” within the meaning of The Saskatchewan Assis-
tance Regulations who is 18 years or over attending a secondary
Adult allowance Board & Room Allow-
Includes food, clothing, ance which also in- Tier A: Regina, Saskatoon, Lloydminster.
travel, personal and house- cludes clothing and comfort
hold items needs Tier B: Prince Albert, La Ronge, Yorkton, Melville, Estevan, Wey-
burn, Warman, Martensville, Kindersley, Rosetown, La Loche,
With Parents Other
Creighton, Lumsden, Macklin.
Adult $245 $320 $320
Tier C: Moose Jaw, Swift Current, North Battleford/Battleford, Mel-
Each disabled adult add $ 50 $ 20 $ 20 fort, Nipawin, Fort Qu’Appelle, Humboldt, Dalmeny, Meadow Lake,
Single Parent—1 child $245 $320 $320
Tier D: Other Towns and rural areas (local housing authority units)
Each additional child $ 0 $ 0 $ 85
Security Deposits: Guarantee available up to approved monthly shelter allow-
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You are eligible if :
Regina, SK S4P 3V6
• You are 65 years of age or older;
In Regina, call: 787-2681
• You are a permanent resident of Sas-
Outside of Regina, call: Toll-free: 1-800-667-7161
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• If you have an annual income below a specified level
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