Tuesday April 19, 2016
How driving a school bus prompted a necessary discussion on disability and stigma
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Canadian writer Craig Davidson was just looking for a day job when he signed up to drive a yellow school bus. But he got much more than he bargained for. His book, Precious Cargo: My Year of Driving the Kids on School Bus 3077, explores some difficult, and often un-discussed terrain.
Davidson takes on the discomfort, the ignorance, and the prejudice that able-bodied and able-minded people have about people with disabilities. And, he finds that even the most well-meaning amongst us — himself included — often end up making situations worse because they don't know the proper way to treat a person with disabilities.
The Current convened a panel to have a frank, much-needed discussion to tackle the awkwardness, ignorance and prejudice around disabilities.
Guests in this segment:
- Craig Davidson, author of, Precious Cargo.
- Ing Wong-Ward, associate director of the Centre for Independent Living in Toronto.
- Ian Brown, feature writer at The Globe and Mail, and the author of The Boy in the Moon: A Father's Search for His Disabled Son.
Join in on this discussion.
This segment was produced by The Current's John Chipman and Julian Uzielli.