WE WANT TO HEAR AND SHARE YOUR STORIES ABOUT DISABILITY!
Write your story in Word Document. 500 word limit
Send it to firstname.lastname@example.org
Cam will make suggested edits and email you back
Once we agree on the final draft, it will be POSTED
We sit back and see what happens
(TAIT ON EIGHT … EDMONTON SUN … JULY 5, 2018)
One of my newspaper editors who I have tremendous respect for made an off-the-cuff comment during a conversation about all kinds of different things.
“The key for a columnist— or, for that matter, anybody — is to re-invent themselves every now and then,” he said. “It keeps one fresh.”
So, I’ve dug into the old tool drawer, found a wrench, a couple of screwdrivers, a measuring tape and of course a hammer to make a few alterations to what I’ll be writing in the near future.
I have a concern about one issue that is very close to me: living with a disability. I have cerebral palsy and use a wheelchair.
For too many years, I think, there has been a mysterious silence from people with disabilities on issues, programs and services available.
Oh, sure: a news story surfaces everyone once in a while about someone being denied a service of program.
But, dare I be so bold to suggest, there needs to be more. Because my sense is there are stories out there which need to be told.
We’re just not hearing them.
As the world grows every minute, so does the prevelance of disability.
That’s not having a negative lens on the situation. I think that’s reality.
Because there’s going to be a baby born today, somewhere in Alberta, with a disability. And, there’s going to be someone, too, who will have an accident and their lives will never be the same.
I wish — really wish — I didn’t have to write that. But that might be turning away from the truth.
More significantly, though, that newborn and the adult who sustains a life-changing injury, fundamentally deserve opportunities so they can reach their full potential as Albertans.
They need to know programs and services are out there to assist them. They also need to know they have a voice, as a consumer, and can raise questions and concerns when a service isn’t meeting their expectations.
Those concerns need to be heard and read.
So … I invite you to share your concerns and experiences. Email is the best way to communicate with me and my email is email@example.com.
We’ll share as many stories as we can on people with disabilities, who, I think aren’t being heard.
But that’s not all you’re going to read here. Nic Good is busy lining up things for the ATCO Edmonton Sun Christmas Charity Auction which is running again this fall to raise money for the Christmas Bureau, Adopt-A-Teen and Catholic Social Services.
If you’d like to help we’d love to hear from you: if you have something you could share as an auction package, or giving us a suggestion for a package you think we should put together please let us know.
It’s been five years since we began Tait on 8, with the intention of telling stories about people doing extraordinary things.
Please help us do that.
Who knows? Maybe we can re-invent a few things so everyone can the same thing: a fighting chance
If you would like to share your story with us, here’s how it works:
CAM THE COMIC
Let me come share my eight minutes of my life story with quick one-liners. Good for banquets, award dinners, charity events, church groups (I don’t use profanity at all), and Grandad Taylor’s birthday party.
Here are a few samples.
My contact information is at the bottom.
CAM: WE’VE HEARD THAT YOU COULDN’T BREATH FOR 45 MINUTES AT BIRTH. WHAT HAPPENED?
CAM: WE KNOW YOU LIVE IN EDMONTON. WHY DO YOU TALK A LITTLE FUNNY?
CAM: WE HEARD YOU DRINK BEER WITH A STRAW. WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU HAVE ONE TOO MANY?
CAM: WE ALSO HEARD YOU HAVE A FUNNY STORY ABOUT YOUR WEDDING NIGHT?
CONTACT CAM TO BOOK YOUR EIGHT UNFORGETTABLE FUNNY MINUTES HERE…
CLICK BELOW TO MAKE YOUR BOOKING TODAY!
HOW OUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS CAME TOGETHER TO HELP ME WHEN I WAS FIVE YEARS OLD
(CBC TELEVISION. 1966)