Denying PPE and professional support for the disabled and marginalized is a deep injustice

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  • Bob Parke says:

    I am very grateful to read Terri Lynn Landon’s perspective. I hope that the triage protocol is completely rethought as it denied the dignity and worth of all people who are living with disabilities. I remember in a review after SARS of what worked and what did not work members of the “disabled community” saying “if you are not at the table you are on the menu.” Many years later people with disabilities were once again not at the table. I hope that those given the task of creating and reviewing criteria for care during a pandemic will be far more inclusive across all marginalized populations. Including people with a lived experience of disabilities, or their advocates, can help create a response that is respectful and fair to those who have a quality of life that might otherwise be prejudiced by ableism.

  • Lauren Lockhart says:

    Thank you for speaking out; I’m so very sorry that you are encountering these barriers. Aside from the gross injustices, what strikes me in your story is twofold.

    First, the prioritization of life based on labeling without any personal context, illustrates failure of socialized medicine at its highest. This inequality alone should alarm all Americans and provoke our vigilance towards preventing conversion to any similar system.

    Second, the differences in expectation of PPE supply chain management. In the US, receiving PPE is largely employer driven or purchased by oneself. If public interaction is required as part of your job duties, then employers typically provide PPE for their employees. In performing day-to-day activities, PPE is a personal responsibility. Government provided PPE is not something that I am aware of other than at the local level for students attending in-person schools. However, I am thinking that PPE would still be quite easily attained through various agencies or networks, both non-profit and government associated. Though, assuming the worst, washable masks are widely available at low cost; they have almost become an ornamental accessory. Gloves unfortunately remain expensive.

    Translating this back to your situation, since you are managing your own care through a government?? Sponsored program, I would expect adequate funds for gloves and other materials to be available for your “care budget” to cover your needs. On the other hand, PPE for your caregivers should be provided by their employers. If they are self-employed, then that would be a personal provision. Please note, I’m not saying that this is the correct supply chain, I’m simply making comparison to what I see in the US.
    I hope that you are able to find adequate supplies. Stay safe!

  • Shariff Bacchus says:

    Excellent article. Disable persons and especially seniors with a fixed income. I hope you will be able to get the supplies you need. The Ontario government and the federal government is not going to help. However they spend Billions on people that do not deserve it. What happens to a seniors who worked foe 45 years and retired. They are not going to help them. Many times i call or email my Falderal and Ontario MP. But they say or reply they are working on it. So if you are not in a long term facility nothing is done for you. I guess they do not like old people that live in their own house.

  • Diane M Montreuil says:

    It makes me speechless when I read this “Denying PPE and professional support for the disabled and marginalized is a deep injustice”. This is a healthcare inequality that is going unnoticed in Ontario, an inequality that will inevitably result in the loss of life.
    I am not sure what our Government is doing but they have millions to give out to other Countries. Wouldn’t it be here to start first with our communities that have a need to fulfil first?


Terri-Lynn Langdon


Terri-Lynn Langdon is a wheelchair-using mom. She is currently a social worker and PhD student at University of Toronto and a frequent guest speaker at the Dalla Lana School of Public Health.

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