Henrietta Bollinger writes on The Spinoff that she wants the non-disabled community who have been sickened by Auckland woman Lena’s death, to extend their rage towards ableism as a force in this country. Bollinger says ableism contributed to Lena’s death and causes less “relatable” deaths that go unseen. “Disabled lives are simply not valued equally to those of non-disabled people… We should be able to be human and not die.” Lena was a 27-year-old woman with Down Syndrome and a vision impairment who was murdered while out on her regular walk in Mt Albert.
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