The column that Bruce Uditsky submitted to the Advocate on April 5 also appeared as an op-ed in two other major papers. Omitted on this occasion was his self proclaimed title as author, researcher and international lecturer in the study of developmental disabilities.
Unfortunately, my parents can not claim such expertise, but they did have the experience of raising a son who was developmentally disabled. Long before Uditsky appeared on the scene, my parents were fully involved in David’s life. They also chose to make Michener Centre his home. They judged David’s happiness by smiles and laughter, not studies and reports. They did not ask Uditsky to speak for them. This self-proclaimed “expert” has no right to pass judgment on decisions made by my parents.
Uditsky presents himself as the only voice that speaks for individuals with developmental disabilities. In reality, he represents a small, albeit vocal group. Uditsky is only one voice among many.
Until recently, the government has chosen to acknowledge Uditsky’s opinion for what it is, strictly an opinion.
The issues surrounding the government’s decision to close Michener Centre cannot be hijacked by Uditsky and his ideology. The issue at hand is one of a basic moral principle: when a promise is made, it should be kept. The government promised my brother that “No one currently living at Michener Centre would be forced to move away from Michener Centre” (Moving Ahead Report, 2008).
Uditsky’s opinions of Michener Centre are those of a self serving interest group and should be taken as that, self-serving.
Government policy should not be dictated by such groups.
Society of Parents & Friends of Michener Centre