Created to relieve misery, AISH now causes its own
DON BRAID, CALGARY HERALD
November 8, 2016
"...The system called Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH) is so cold and distant that it makes handicapped people wait an average of more than 200 days for benefits, and won’t even speed up for the dying.
The auditor general found that some approved palliative care applicants did not get proper application forms, received fewer benefits than they were entitled to, or died before receiving any benefits at all.
To put it in the bleak humour of this tormented world, AISH will even stiff the stiffs.
The problems range from ridiculous delays between numerous stages of approval, to complex forms that handicapped people have trouble dealing with, to rejections because of minor details that could have been resolved at the start.
That only begins to describe the wall handicapped people are forced to climb. But whatever it takes,...
“I was more exasperated after each fruitless visit to AISH. The person we saw was never the same when we returned. We presented our case many times and were never offered even basic courtesy.
“We waited for weeks to have inquiries replied to. I lost count of how many doors we knocked on trying to make sense of the AISH maze.”
“One indignity follows the next, one uncaring person transfers you to the next, and the only escape from the AISH hell is to give up.
“I am a person somewhat familiar with bureaucracy. I was healthy, I was determined, and I love my boy.
“I cannot imagine..."