Itzhak Perlman, one of the world’s most acclaimed and talented classical musicians recently received a rough welcome at Toronto’s Pearson airport, when the disabled violinist was seemingly abandoned by a mobility assistant after arriving on an Air Canada flight.
Perlman had travelled to Toronto to participate in a benefit concert. A representative says the 68-year-old violinist’s recent struggle should help bring more awareness to the problems that people with disabilities continue to face in society.
“For him it is an opportunity to raise awareness so that people are more sensitive and accommodating,” said David Lai, president of the agency that represents Perlman.
Perlman told the National Post that he arrived at Toronto's Pearson International Airport on Monday afternoon and was met by a disability assistant.
Perlman said the assistant helped him reach an elevator and then left him to negotiate the airport on his scooter with three bags, his crutches and his violin.
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