Do we live in
- a representative democracy;
- or an inclusive democracy?
Do we value diversity for
- the new perspectives it brings;
- or for some feel-good campfire stunt?
As evidenced by the makeup of the Nova Scotia Health Authority Board, the answers are “neither” and “campfire”.
That board has 13 members. 6 women, 7 men, all white. 4 executives, 2 lawyers, 3 in Finances, 3 medicos, 1 small businessperson.
Average age 57, according to Bill Gates at how-old.net (worth a visit).
No people with disabilities and probably
- no one without a family physician;
- no one with an income under $100,000;
- no one dependent on public transportation;
- no one without a shower in the last ten days;
- no one with a spouse for a primary caregiver;
- no one without high speed internet;
- no one living in a pharmacy desert.
How will they ever know:
- That people with disabilities don’t understand why they beg for mobility equipment while most Nova Scotians get new hips for free?
- What it’s like waiting 9 hours in the ER to get your Disability Tax Credit form filled out?
- How to get the ICD to work with dial-up?
- What it is like being sick for a week while waiting for Access-a-Bus?
- How your spouse balances his job at McDonalds with your bathroom schedule?
I’m sure the board is 100% nice people, but the evidence is that they fail at most things. Let’s encourage them to do some divergent thinking through a selective resignation or twelve. Then on to some useful recruiting by Laura Lee Langley
See this report for a completely fictional account of the province’s approach to diversity.
Warren (Gus) Reed writes about accessibility issues on the website of the James McGregor Stewart Society.
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