Ruth Enns

Ruth Enns grew up in a farming village in Manitoba. As th middle child of a farm couple who raised primarily grain, she is well acquainted with Canadian rural prairie life.

She got hr B.A. and B. Ed. from the University of Manitoba and spent eight years teaching in rural schools. Shortly after her marriage in 1981, illness forced her out of the profession so she turned to freelance writing after studying Creative Communications at Red River Community College.

Ms. Enns acquired a sensitivity to th Canadian disability rights movement through her own experiences with disability resulting from polio and glaucoma. She was also briefly involved in the early development of the Manitoba League of the Physically Handicapped, now the Manitoba League of Persons with Disabilities, although since the seventies she has not been involved with any of these organizations.

Since 1983 she and her husband have lived in rural Manitoba.

  • A Voice Unheard

    The Latimer Case and People with Disabilities

    By Ruth Enns     December 1998

    A Voice Unheard shows the positive options for Canadians with disabilities. It features parents, able-bodied and disabled, who see potential where others see only dark despair. It shows how the majority of people with disabilities know that death was not Tracy Latimer’s only option. Their voices are valid in the debate about Robert Latimer and disability and must be heard.