Importance of Community when Living with Disabilities: Melanie Bidiuk’s reflections
Dilshan Fernando, PhD Candidate, Sociology and International Development whose research focuses on workplace inclusion of people with disabilities in India is curator of a new People's Archive of Rural Ontario (PARO) story titled Importance of Community when Living with Disabilities: Melanie Bidiuk’s reflections.
Part of PARO's "Our People, Our Community" series, Advocating for disability inclusion is a way of life for Storyteller Melanie Bidiuk and her family who live in Curve Lake First Nation. In their rural community, common stigmas of disability don’t exist. Through Melanie’s story, we discover that once we let go of individualized meanings of living and make sharing a collective value, we overcome our ignorance about diverse abilities of others.