Wednesday, March 9, 2011.
MEGAN GILL, – VANCOUVER METRO NEWS.
Victoria man fights for working rights
Not enough job training for the blind, Graeme McCreath argues
Canadian Blind people can contribute to society, if only they were given a chance. Graeme McCreath, author of the book The Politics of Blindness, believes that the 80 per cent unemployment rate among blind Canadians is a
violation of human rights.
McCreath, who is blind, has worked all his adult life. He currently works as a physiotherapist at a private practice.
“We can all work. There’s no reason why blind people can’t, they just need more help to do so,” said McCreath. “We shouldn’t be labelled as something different than anybody else. We’re all individuals, we all have different
McCreath wants to abolish charities for the blind, such as the Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB), and replace them with skill-based training facilities that encourage employers to hire the blind. “We have to
get rid of the CNIB because it creates barriers for people rather then
helping them,” he said. “They spend money on things like prevention of blindness. We’re not a group that wants to be eliminated.”
McCreath claims blind people are being discriminated against when they’re being treated like charity cases.
“The government neglects its responsibility to provide proper training,” he said. “We’re all citizens, we all pay taxes and we all vote. From that, we should expect progressive legislation.”