The Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) will no longer offer free admission to people with disabilities when the Ex opens its gates later this summer. The CNE says people with disabilities will have to pay full price to get into the exhibition grounds but their caregivers will still be admitted at no charge.
At least one woman is happy about this new decision. In an interview with the CBC, Lauri Sue Robertson, a disability consultant, said, “We’re not pitiful, we’re not pathetic, we’re not a bunch of charity cases. Other entertainment venues, most of them in fact, all of them, charge people something.”
Tasha Kheiriddin spoke with Lauri Sue Robertson, President Disability Awareness Consultants, about the new decision, and why she helped the CNE to change their mind about the disabled.