Disabled Persons Harassed and Discriminated Because of their Disabilities is a Hate Crime


Recently the CBC aired a video about Andre Arruda that showed he was being harassed for the mere fact that he is disabled. Arruda, a Toronto comedian suffers from a rare genetic disorder which left him with a height of a little over 3 feet. He uses a scooter as a mobility aid to get around.

The following is the video of Arruda. One will note the many insulting and ignorant comments and stares that he was continually forced to endure. It was a normal day for him.

As a person with a physical disability, this struck a chord with me. I recall the countless times that rude and demeaning comments were made against me by purely ignorant people. One day as I was exiting a building in downtown Toronto, an elderly lady came up to me and as she was sizing me up, said: “Dear what happened to you”? My response to her was that as God made you ugly and ignorant, this is the way he made me. Continue reading