Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - May 18, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta
20-THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD May 1974 Allowable not an incentive to work Welfare rights group to challenge system By JUDE CAMPBELL Herald Staff Writer In defiance to the expected 'welfare recipient Jeannette Draper stands out. Mrs. Draper is out to change the to make people notice those on social assistance and recognize the rights and wrongs of the system. She says she's going to fight to break the welfare assistance should be more than a cheque HELP US TO HELP OTHERS1 The Salvation Army Welfare Services NNd Clothing. Toys. Household Efforts Call 328-2860 For Pickup Service OR LEAVE AT 412 lit AVE. S. VETERANS CLUB UNIT 34 PUBLIC BINGO EVERY TUESDAY 8 P.M. NEW ANAF HALL MEMBERS AND INVITED GUESTS IN THE CLUBROOMS Jackpot in 56 IMS. or less increasing ona No. par wart until won. 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In Southern Alberta Have your Western Felt Cleaned now PARK-NEILSON'S DRY CLEANERS LTD. 31 1-6tk StnMS. 1514- 9th AttMMS. generation which moulds children from a welfare family into a life pattern similar to their parents. She's been on social assistance for four years. For her that's four years too many. She's starting her battle in with a core of people for support and the germ of an idea for a welfare rights group. welfare rights group is going to be a long hard grind. But then so is anything worth says Mrs. Draper. The priorities of the welfare rights group will be drawn up along with the she explains. But the initial step is get enough women behind us to present a solid need women who are concerned about this sort of thing to come out to meetings. We need them to become committed. And we need influential and knowledgeable people in the community to help she says. The immediate thrust of the group will be a revision of the department of health and social development's allowable income policy. The policy says money earned by the welfare recipient which exceeds in a monthly work period will be returned to the department through a deduction on the monthly assistance cheque. Unfair to child The allowable income includes earnings of the recipients' children. The majority of mothers feel this is unfair to the Mrs. Draper says. A child who is part of a welfare family cannot expect and does not receive any sort of for personal she says. It is difficult to squeeze that little bit of allowance out of a monthly cheque which encompasses utilities and a personal and house.expenditure. the opportunity to handle small sums of how can a child be expected to be able to budget family expenses in later Mrs. Draper asks. the youngster has the initiative to go out and get a summer job to buy school or pay for a trip that their non-welfare friends have saved money for from a why should they be forced to turn it over and have it deducted on the family She claims this in itself is an infringement on the rights of a social assistance recipient and adds to the feeling that there is no point in going out to work. She says the allowable income might have been reasonable incentive to in years gone but in today's world it a not a Jobs hard to find Regarding the generalized accusation that those who want out of the welfare cycle can find a job if they look hard Mrs. Draper says it is not as simple as it sounds. than 10 per cent of those on assistance are considered eligible for work. Most people on welfare are the disabled and the and they deserve the help. Women are usually in a situation similar to mine quit or pulled out of school in Grade 10. married young and soon found themselves with five children and marriage breakdown. education you can't hold a job that'll support five kids and yourself. You get into a rut. Maybe you lost your get up and or maybe you never had all that much gumption and maybe that's the reason you're in the spot in the first She says it's easy to run from one coffee session to the next and someone to cry loves sympathy and that's the quickest way to drag yourself down into the dumps where you'll probably be content to says Mrs. Draper. Getting out into looking for solutions and alternatives to problems are methods which will alleviate welfare she says. is where a welfare rights group could step in and help a person to know and understand what type of assistance to expect from the department. are so many things that are valuable to know If there is a special diet in the allowances can be made for it in the food budget. appliances are needed in the home you can get them. If you feel your social worker hasn't helped with a problem the group could fight for you if it feels you're she says. Mrs. Draper says the welfare rights group going to be asking for unreasonable Once the group is she says it will attempt to bring to welfare people the same rights working citizens and their children already have. not so much for the adults as it is for the Mrs. Draper adds. do anything to keep them youngsters from being part of the cycle. Every family on welfare is and pride has a lot to do with the situation. But I can sure swallow a lot of it if it'll help my Hearing world paternalizes deaf EDMONTON Deaf people are beginning to refuse the paternalism of a hearing world and are emerging as leaders of their own affairs a trend Dr. Edward Merrill links to current consumer awareness. Dr. president of Gallaudet College for the Deaf in told a conference of people who work with the deaf that the deaf person is the consumer and must be allowed a voice when it conies to policies and that affect him. challenge you to permit the consumer to lead the he told about 100 delegates to the national education workshop most CASH BINGO SATURDAY O'CLOCK HUNGARIAN OLD TIMERS HALL A SI 00 BlKkwt tar till WH werj Smriii 2-7 NlNter JtckH't JACKPOTS NOW and 5 Cards for or lach Next to No. 1 ANNUAL SUNSHINE BAG TEA MAY 22nd p.m. LETHBRIDGE AUXILIARY HOSPITAL LOUNGE SO cents or a Sunshine Bag EVERYONE WELCOME Sponsored by W.A. of Lethbridge Auxiliary Hospital of whom were deaf. get rid of paternalism for once and for He called on delegates to fight for equal rights for the deaf and about equal Dr. Merrill communicating simul- taneously in sign lang- uage. There is a need to create educational programs that meet the needs of the deaf and think we must offer the programs in hearing colleges and some curriculum sensitive to the deaf Dr. Merrill called on the delegates to get busy and offer the deaf person equal human and civil The need for this becomes evident when you see a deaf person trying to find a job only to be told that since he can't use a he can't get the job. Often the telephone is not an intregal part of the job but is only used as an excuse not to hire the he added. hope we can really search our hearts and find any kind of discrimination against the deaf and do something about In a subsequent Dr. Merrill said there is still a The Rug Drapery Shoppe 324-13 Street N. Phone 329-0712 We are pleased to announce the appointment of Cathie Woodail to our Drapery Department as Manageress of our Workroom and Sales. Cathie has had 15 years experience in this field and is well qualified to assist you in all your drapery re- quirements. 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The college who joined Gallaudet College as an administrator a hearing said that since serving at the institution he has begun to feel a really deep some of the frustrations facing the deaf Asked to comment on the deaf situation in Canada compared with that in the United Dr. Merrill predicted that a study by Dr. Graeme Wallace of Toronto which last year called attention to the plight of the deaf will eventually result in legislative improvements. went through our report the a little earlier and it did produce legislation at the federal level. predict this will also happen with Dr. Wallace's Included in the American legislation was the captioned film for the deaf which makes available to such places as schools for the deaf films with subtitles for use in such places as schools for the deaf. The U.S. government has also provided funds for programs for the deaf in three technical schools as a result of the Dr. Merrill said. F.O.E. 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