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LETTER: Make special efforts to acknowledge people with disabilities

For all types of reasons, a Langley letter writer asks people to make extra efforts to greet and help disabled this holiday season.

Dear Editor,

Merry Christmas Langley Advance. I was hoping to remind your readers to take a moment at this time of year to acknowledge, wish seasons greetings or give a nod to disabled people.

Generally, this time of year is quite difficult for them as their friends and family are often unable to accommodate their physical needs [nor is it expected]. Therefore, they do not invite them to social gatherings.

It often snows, and the sidewalks are not cleared so they are unable to negotiate pathways, go out, or use their power scooters or other physical aids.

Regardless, it is a “zoo” out there because of the Christmas shoppers, crowded shopping malls, crowded sidewalks and roadways.

For the above reasons, I make an extra attempt to acknowledge disabled people in passing for I am one of them.

My wife is one of them, as well. But at least we have each other during this time of year – many disabled people are alone. Indeed, many people are much worse off than we are – including the poor, the working poor, the homeless, etc.

Gord Weitzel, Langley

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