Man with disability raises $600K as street beggar

Would Jesus or Charles Dickens notice the difference in how people with disabilities are utilized in Canada today

His name is Muki Baum, he has cerebral palsy, he's deaf and can barely speak. Yet for almost 20 years he's been fundraising outside Holt Renfrew for people with disabilities. His tally to date is a staggering $600,000. VINCE TALOTTA/TORONTO STAR

Muki Baum is a man severely disabled by Cerebral Palsy who has raised $600,000 begging on the streets of Toronto outside posh stores like Holt Renfrew.

Donna Thompson, wife of Canada’s High Commissioner to the UK, argues in The Four Walls of My Freedom that we are not valuing people like Muki Baum.

The Toronto Star reports Mr. Baum raised this money day-after-day for charities like Wheels in Motion and the March of Dimes. He has done it for 20 years.

It’s a wonderful story of triumph over adversity and personal sacrifice.

It’s also the saddest commentary on how little Canadian society values people with disabilities.

Mr. Baum is not alone.

Many Canadians with moderate to severe disabilities are not employed and resort to street begging to survive.

Mr. Baum is not limited in intelligence but his appearance, mobility and verbal limitations make him fit for the lowest level of activity.

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