hearing impairment does not affect my physical enjoyment of…..


This post goes out to Ontario Parks who tell me that

A Regulation approved by Cabinet under the Provincial Parks and Conservation Reserves Act 2006 defines a disabled person as a resident of Ontario who holds an Accessible Persons Parking Permit issued under the Highway Traffic Act, or a National Identity Card issued by the Canadian National Institute for the Blind.   The Ontario Parks disabled persons discount applies only to those who meet this definition.  Ontario Parks does not limit use of parks by other disabled persons, but we clearly restrict eligibility for the fee discount.

Discount rates are offered in recognition of the fact that persons in the above mentioned two categories cannot fully enjoy the majority of the facilities and programs offered by the park, such as trails and beaches; their physical disabilities do not allow them to do so. Other agencies and governments may recognize a wider range of disabilities, such as autism, diabetes, epilepsy, learning disabilities and hearing impairment, depending on the organization. All of these disabilities present daily challenges to disabled persons but they do not significantly affect an individual’s physical ability to use provincial park facilities. These discounts are not based on financial hardship or other financial tests; they are based solely on the physical enjoyment of the park.

Good to know.  Hearing impairment does not affect my physical enjoyment of the park.

That means there’s no joy in hearing birdsong, cicadas, water lapping on rocks, the powerful sound of a waterfall, chipmunks, woodpeckers, coyotes yipping, wolves howling, owls hooting, leaves rustling, the wind in the trees, gravel underfoot. the squeak of snow underfoot, a campfire crackling, a campfire singalong….shall I go on?

Beautiful isn’t it? Mazinaw Rock at Bon Echo Provincial Park. It’s 100 metres high rising straight out of the lake. It’s called Bon Echo as there is an excellent echo from the sheer face of the rock. Apparently.  Good job hearing impairment didn’t affect my enjoyment.

260 First Nations pictographs adorn the rock face. I would like to tell you what this one is off but I couldn’t make out what the tour guide was saying. I had asked her to slow down and she did for a couple of sentences. You don’t like to go on about it and make a fuss though do you? A leaflet would have been handy. What a good job that hearing impairment didn’t affect my enjoyment.

There are a few beaches at Bon Echo Park, this is one of them. When you swim you remove hearing aids and speech processors, of course this would not affect my enjoyment of the beach.

There are many trails to walk on but no one would be interested in hearing the sounds of nature, which is good because if they were  in anyway beautiful, haunting, melodic, frightening, amusing, atmospheric, then of course my enjoyment of the park might be affected. 

Sitting round the campfire is always fun, even if you can’t see faces to lipread.  Who enjoys a sing song round the campfire? Good job hearing impairment didn’t affect my enjoyment.

Of course Park Canada and the Cabinet must know best. But then if hearing isn’t needed to fully enjoy a Provincial Park one wonders why they put on events such as the Wolf Howl at Algonquin, or campfire singalongs at Presqu’ile. Or put on theatrical productions, or music event, or have speaking “models” at their museums, etc etc

Once again hearing loss is misunderstood. This blog has many examples of my longing to hear noises in nature. I still haven’t really heard a loon, nor the coyotes and I’m sure there are other noises that I haven’t listed here as I don’t know what I’m missing


3 responses »

  1. interesting post,

    thanks for your comment on my blog, we haven’t done a taste test re: Heinz beans but I do remember loving the spaghetti hoops in Britain and not enjoying the same sort of thing over here as it tasted different.

    We have done the British Cadbury’s chocolate againt the Canadian Cadbury’s chocolate and there is a BIG difference there.


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