poverty bytes

March 12, 2010


Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — me @ 12:27 am

I got  funding approval to go  to a conference but apparently I have the funds to pay the expenses then wait over a month for the reimbursement.

When I applied for the scholarship I fully disclosed my source of income ( ODSP)  http://www.mcss.gov.on.ca/en/mcss/programs/social/odsp/index.aspx

As the conference focus is disability issues and I applied as a individual one would think the would be some sensitivity to the fact that poverty is prevalent amongst disabled people in general and even more prevalent amongst the  population that is the main focus of this conference.

It is weird that the organizers of this event have not even considered a compromise.  For other events I have been able to  get the travel and or accommodation dealt with by pointing out my lack of discretionary income. So to recap I qualify for a scholarship  but if  I don’t have over $500 that I can live without for 1 1/2 to 2 months while I wait for the money then I am to decline the scholarship. Um HUH?

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