Jennifer


Jennifer is a young woman confined to a wheelchair and homeless in Toronto. Watching Jennifer’s video, I get emotional – and then I get mad. Jennifer has spent much of her young life on the […]

Jennifer

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Jennifer is a young woman confined to a wheelchair and homeless in Toronto. Watching Jennifer’s video, I get emotional – and then I get mad.

Jennifer has spent much of her young life on the streets. In her teens, she spent six years outside. This is now the second winter outside since Jennifer has had a wheelchair.

Homelessness is hard. Now imagine being disabled and most homeless services are not wheelchair user accessible. Jennifer can get into the lobby of the nearest shelter, but after that the stairs prevent her from further access.

Please take a few moments and watch Jennifer say her three wishes at the end, and then please share this video with everyone you know.  Stories like Jennifers need to be seen and never forgotten.

Jennifer is a young woman confined to a wheelchair and homeless in Toronto. Click To Tweet

Special thanks to Ve’ahavta’s Mobile Jewish Response to the Homeless.

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  • em

    I am currently a student in the Disability Studies Program at Ryerson University. I decided to take an elective course called Homelessness in Canadian Society. For my final project I have decided to discuss the inaccessibility within the shelter system for people who experience homelessness and disability. Thank you for sharing this video. It is shocking that there are not many resources on disabled homelessness… We really need to acknowledge that this is a crisis.

  • Jennifer Shuttleworth

    My name is Jen and this is my story. Thankyou for your comment, if you need any assistance I always sit by Ryerson on Yonge Street and would be happy to help make things easier for all people who face the same challenges as I do. Thankyou again for your interest in my story.

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