CTV News | December 30, 2014
A Montreal woman with disabilities says she may have to stay in a hospital and give up her independent lifestyle because of red tape and bureaucratic rules outlining who can perform specific medical procedures.
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.
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.by
A 19-year-old woman who has a mental disability was sexually assaulted on a Winnipeg Transit bus as her support worker who sat two rows in front didn’t notice her client had been approached by a strange man until after the assault was over, CBC News has learned.
CBC News has learned the woman needs 24-hour care.
Advocates for people with disabilities said vulnerable people are often abused.
« This happens in institutions, it happens in care homes, it happens everywhere, » said Shelley Fletcher, director of People First of Canada, a national non-profit group that advocates for people with intellectual disabilities. « It happens way more than people think. »by