Please share what you would like people to know about your experience accessing or relying on the Disability Assistance Benefit.

People need to realize and understand that the rate of pay for those on disability in BC is equivalent to an enforced culling of the herd.

With rent cost skyrocketing, food costs equally rising, and everything else also increasing in cost, except the opioids so many are turning to in an attempt to numb the pain of realizing they are essentially wanted dead.

People on disability are treated by the BC government as though they are nothing more then an economic burden in times when others are also now beginning to feel the weight of the rising cost of living.

I don’t eat so others can. I do this because I literally do not have any money to buy myself the food I need to be able to eat on disability alone. I have eaten 10% of the total meals of this year, and while I enjoy the weight loss, the dizziness, the stars I see when I stand, the increase in pain I have endured as the stress at times of this knowing has crushed my heart.

I don’t expect anyone to care. I walk alone, but I also feel that as a human race with any dream of a claim to decency this should not be the case.

Disability rates should be raised to the CERB rates at minimum. This province has too long placed burdens of worthlessness upon the shoulders of those suffering and it’s past time for a change.

Society pays a higher cost for the continued willful condoning of such suffering in so many ways the logic can not be denied by any who has the intelligence to view the totality of the issue.

What do you dream support for people with disabilities could look like?

They are included, valued, respected, and held as members of society able to walk through their days with their heads raised vs. shoved to the ground.

BC residents with disabilities have also been invited to share their experiences in a web only component of the project. This is one of those entries.

Published by rozmaclean

B.C. based artist

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