By Victor Schwartzman
August 26, 2013
Last week, in the Top Ten Reasons Why AODA Has NOT Been Implemented, we dramatically revealed the, well, those reasons.
That top ten list was a nostalgic view of the past. But what about the future? Inquiring minds have demanded to know the top ten reasons why AODA will NEVER be fully implemented, and
here they are (the reasons not the minds):
10. The Government is progressive-impaired.
9. Politicians respond best to money. They know, having created the situation, that disability pensions are too small to provide a significant donor pool.
8. Disability is a lame issue to work with. Most people are blind to it, it’s just gimped—and when you have to start with how we use the English language itself you gotta know enforcing an entire law will take a longer than forever.
7. Politicians are people in business. They care about two things. The first is staying in office. That means catering to groups of voters.
Although people with a disability may comprise one quarter of all potential voters, they do not vote as a group and therefore are not important.
6. The second thing politicians care about is how to make money after exiting office. Disability advocates cannot provide company or university Board positions, nor vice presidencies or professorships. The disability “community” does not exist, and is therefore a limited source of funds for a
legal practice and are of minimal use on the lecture and book tour circuits.
5. No progress will happen without heat from the media, but the media has no interest in covering the story. Disability issues are either downbeat rather than inspirational or inspire too much change. Worse, while individual inspirational stories of overcoming disabilities are always welcome, access
issues are not. The issues are not new. Ask any media person from any media source and they will tell you they already covered the access issue last year. The media needs new twists, not the same old same old.
4. Which brings us to the failure of disability advocates, who have tragically mismanaged everything since forever. What is the sole image for disability? The wheelchair. Baby seals, with a fraction of the organizational skills and funding of disability advocates, score enormous success with
only big innocent eyes. After advocates accept blame, they will realize that the disability movement will only succeed with a proper media image.
The makeover should start at home! Advocates, begin using makeup, wearing jaunty hats, and always accessorize.
3. Implementing AODA would create problems for the Government it can avoid by not implementing AODA. Hmmmm. If I do this AODA thing I have to hire a lot of staff and upset a lot of businesses and other governments. If I do nothing I have no problems except some whining from advocates no one
listens to. Hmmmm. What to do what to do!
2. The only significant political pressure politicians feel is to not implement AODA. Change costs, or politicians assume it will. Pressure not to implement AODA comes from businesses and municipalities which see no need to spend energy or money on access by changing existing practices.
1. Lip service is cheaper than action, it takes a long time to appreciate the difference, and by then today’s politicians will be out of office.
Next: Probably the acronym issue!