In a check-box society that functions by dividing us into neatly-defined categories, where does someone with a strong mind and a weak body fit in? Dr. Heidi Janz - award-winning playwright, accomplished academic, and self-described ‘crip’ – has a curious problem. Despite her obvious physical limitations she is denied financial assistance from government programmes because of her “productive” mind. Following Heidi through her everyday life, with all its unique responsibilities, opportunities, and challenges, We Regret to Inform You... offers an unsentimental, and unapologetic, look at what it means to be both “disabled” and “productive”.
Ages 16 to 18
Civics/Citizenship - Human Rights
Health/Personal Development - Bullying & Discrimination
Social Studies - Law
Social Studies - Social Policies and Programs
Ideal for essays, debates and class discussions on the role of government in offering social programs and health care. Explain Heidi Janz’s situation, and why she needs government support. What is the responsibility of the government for an individual such as Heidi Janz, in terms of financial support, medical support, nursing and caregiving, or other forms of support? If budgets for social-assistance programs are limited, how do we determine who receives benefits and who does not?