Re: "MLAs voted secretly for $127,000 parachutes," Nov. 8.
Your recent story on MLA expenses was just brought to my attention with respect to a comment regarding braille business cards.
Although I am sure your reporter did not intend to demean blind people by inclusion of the issue of braille on MLA business cards with several other less-laudable expenses, that was the effect for blind people.
Blind people continue to strive to achieve equal access to our community, including our legislative community. We vote and we lobby our elected representatives. And we continue to be denied equal access to our legislative process.
It is not that all things should be made available in braille. That would be needless and terribly expensive. However, I do believe a decision by my representative to write to me in braille and provide me with contact information in braille is and should be a part of my legitimate expectation from my government.
My expectation for equality should not be mentioned in the same paragraphs as some of the sillier activities of our honourable members of the legislature.
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