TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – Valentine’s Day has been a disappointing moment for people with disabilities in Canada. The reason is that, approaching the Valentine’s Day, the government actually removed the assistance funds for people with disabilities who were already married.
So far, the government has provided financial assistance for people with disabilities who are married and not. For people with disabilities who don’t have a partner, the funds they get are around USD 1,377 per month. While those who are married are around USD 16,530.
Empowerment activist and rights advocate persons with disabilities in Vancouver, Canada, Spencer van Vloten said the government’s policy of withdrawing the aid was unreasonable. “The funds mean a lot to meet the needs of people with disabilities,” he was quoted as saying by the Alaska Highway News on Thursday, February 10, 2022.
Vloten continued, with the cessation of the assistance, most people with disabilities in Canada will be threatened with living in poverty. Moreover, according to him, the economic condition of the family can be a strong indicator of the weakness of the family relationship itself.
Do not let people with disabilities become very dependent on their partners who work, both in terms of financial and other support. This condition, Vloten continued, has not taken into account the same married couple disabled. People with disabilities who receive the assistance, he said, use it to pay for personal care and support equipment as well as children’s education and health.
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