In his new groundbreaking book, The Politics of Blindness: from Charity to Parity, author Graeme McCreath does what no other person in the history of our country has done; he writes expertly and profoundly about the deplorable situation faced by blind Canadians, and brings our voices to life.
With great care, respect and honesty, Mr. McCreath documents the complicated and systemic issues affecting the lives of blind people in Canada. He reviews the social factors underlying the current situation, describes how our history brought us to where we are today and clearly outlines positive and proactive solutions for change.
After reading his book, we can no longer stand aside, turn away and ignore the existence of this far-reaching and terrible problem in our society.
Mr. McCreath explains how we arrived at the present situation of a 75 per cent unemployment rate for blind Canadians, a staggeringly high level of poverty, a severe shortage of proper education and training for blind individuals and a disgraceful lack of knowledge or concern about the plight of blind Canadians on the part of government, the public, and organizations that are supposed to help blind people.
Mr. McCreath’s book brings clarity to the struggles of blind people in this country and describes the obstacles that plague their journey to dignity and equality.
“The Politics of Blindness” stands as a monument of history, a testament to the unrecognized blind citizens of our country and a guide to motivate positive change for blind Canadians now and in the future.
I am grateful to Mr. McCreath for his commitment, for his perseverance and for his courage in writing this book. I implore all who read it to take steps to make sure this shameful situation does not continue in our country. As Mr. McCreath says in the final pages of his book, “Let’s make it r.e.a.l.” Blind Canadians must achieve respect, Equality, assimilation /integration into society, and liberty. Only with these achievements can we hope to attain first class citizenship and equal status with the sighted.
With heartfelt thanks,
Elizabeth Lalonde, President
Canadian Federation of the Blind