A new report says the Government is not doing enough to help those with disabilities who report delays on their travel systems.
A new system called CaresTravelSystems helps those with disability and those who can’t use a wheelchair get to their destination more quickly and affordably.
The report by The Globe and Mail says the program, which launched in July, has already helped more than 600 people report delays and is in the process of adding another 50.
But the organization says that is not enough.
“The Government is only doing half the job when it comes to helping people with a disability report travel,” said Kristy Schmader, director of policy and advocacy at the Disability Rights Advocacy Centre.
“We want to see a much larger program that focuses on people who need it most.”
The report highlights the growing numbers of people reporting delays, and how much longer it will take to resolve the problem.
According to the report, there are more than 2,000 reported delays in the federal system, with more than 1,500 reported cases in Manitoba alone.
It also says the province is the only one of the provinces that has no program to help assist those with a physical or mental impairment to get to the airport.
People with a severe physical impairment can report delays through the Cares Travel System.
The service allows people with physical disabilities to request a delay report via the online system or by calling 1-800-876-6788.
But the service is not a panacea for people with the most basic needs, including those who are blind, deaf, deafened, or have other physical and cognitive disabilities.
While the system has been designed to help the most vulnerable people with disability, it also means that people with some disabilities can have more trouble accessing services.
The report says people with autism and other intellectual disabilities are particularly vulnerable to delays and that the system can only help those who need a disability assistance program, but not those with the more complex needs of those with other physical or cognitive disabilities or learning disabilities.
The government is not providing the information people need to help them navigate the system and that’s a big problem,” said Schmada.
Schmader also points out that the report does not include numbers of delays reported to the Department of Transportation, or how many of those delays were actually caused by the delays themselves.
She says the number of delays and the number that were caused by delays must be included.”
The system has received the backing of the province, which has also launched its own travel assistance program. “
That’s not true.”
The system has received the backing of the province, which has also launched its own travel assistance program.
In a statement released this week, the Department says it’s looking at options to improve the system.
“The Minister is committed to supporting the implementation of this pilot program to ensure that people who are most at risk have access to a reliable and timely travel system,” the statement read.
“We also look forward to working with the provincial and federal governments to ensure all Canadians are able to travel safely and easily to their destinations.”