Autistic son ‘prisoner’ in Ottawa hospital

CBC News (March 10, 2014) – Written by Kathy Tomlinson

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Ontario parents are outraged over how their developmentally disabled adult son is confined to a hospital room — watched by security guards 24/7 — because the system doesn’t have a placement for him elsewhere.

“There is nothing out there. That’s basically what the problem is,” said Joseph Spagnuolo, whose son Nicholas is in Ottawa Hospital’s Civic Campus, an acute care facility.

“I just feel Nicholas is a prisoner,” said his mother Anne Spagnuolo. “He’s confined to that room and there’s no way out.  The minute he steps out of that room – the guards have their hands up like he’s a monster and it’s degrading. It’s despicable.”

31-year-old Nicholas Spagnuolo was born with cerebral palsy and has autism and dementia. [Read the full story and watch the video here]


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