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Parents of disabled children face daunting financial preparation

Globe and Mail | October 13, 2016, Written by Gail Johnson

As a mother of three children, including one with a severe developmental disability, Laurie Geschke admits that looking into the future was not something she did before her children became adults. It was only then that she and her husband began seriously contemplating their wills.

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Challenges facing personal care workers highlighted after Winnipeg bus assault of disabled woman

Yahoo News | October 29, 2014, Written by Matthew Coutts

New details about the horrific sexual assault of a disabled woman on board a Winnipeg bus emerged this week, suggesting that the woman had a personal care worker, who was nearby during the attack but didn’t notice what was happening for 10 minutes.

The new information has placed a greater focus on Canadians who require assistance and their personal care workers – an industry that often struggles from low wages, intense working conditions and frequent turnover.

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Developmental services agencies confirm shocking shortage of services

CNW | October 28, 2014

A province-wide survey of developmental services agencies confirms the crisis in services and reiterates the urgent need for the Ontario Government to provide the funds needed to help people with developmental disabilities.

“The agencies said they have cut staff hours, shut down programs, and, quite incredibly, have turned to student volunteers and fundraising,” said Ontario Public Service Employees President Warren (Smokey) Thomas.

“More than 10,000 OPSEU members are developmental services workers and they have seen first-hand the effects of too little funding year after year,” he said.

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