ODSP Action Coalition response to the Commission’s second discussion paper

Positive or Punitive?

We must state at the outset that this kind of understanding of the needs and reality of life for people with disabilities did not come through in “Approaches for Reform”. We know from the companion document, “What We Heard”, that the Commission was told a lot about the barriers and stresses of dealing with disability and poverty. But most of the suggested changes discussed in the Commission’s second discussion paper do not reflect that understanding. Instead, they seem to put the burden of dealing with disability and health concerns, as well as with coping with societal, attitudinal, and environmental barriers, on people with disabilities themselves.