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Caring for Kyram: Dad of severely disabled boy pleads for help

Ottawa Citizen | December 19, 2014, Written by Sonia Mendes

“Kyram requires care 24 hours a day to ensure his survival,” says his dad Myles Dear, whose son was born four months premature and has cerebral palsy.  At night, a trained nurse sits at his bedside and a disability support worker is with him during the day.

Quality professional care for children with severe disabilities comes with a high price tag, but only a portion of Kyram’s long-term needs are currently being funded by the Ontario government. The difference, which Dear has calculated to $65,000 per year, must be paid out of his own pocket.

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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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Winnipeg Transit bus (CBC)

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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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Woman with intellectual disability sexually assaulted on bus as support worker sat nearby

CBC News | October 28, 2014

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. »

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Presentation on Multiple Sclerosis: Parliamentarians Can and Should Change the State of Affairs

CNW | October 21, 2014

MONTREAL, Oct. 21, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ – Canada has the highest rate of multiple sclerosis in the world, and it continues to grow. Today, an estimated 100,000 Canadians have to live with this disease. « Approximately 20,000 Quebec families are affected by MS, » according to Louis Adam, Executive Director of the Quebec Division of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada. « It is crucial for elected officials in this province to have a better understanding of the issues related to this disease. »

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Minister Bergen addresses Special Olympics Canada to highlight benefits of Registered Disability Savings Plan

CNW | October 2, 2014, Written by CNW

The Honourable Candice Bergen, Minister of State (Social Development), highlighted the benefits of the Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) during a meeting of Special Olympics senior representatives from all regions of Canada, who gathered in Ottawa today. She encouraged Special Olympics Canada to help raise awareness about the initiative so that more eligible Canadians benefit from this long-term savings plan.

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Removing barriers helps build inclusive communities

The Boundary Sentinel | September 30, 2014, Written by Don McRae

The Government of B.C. has set out to become the most progressive place for people living with disabilities in Canada by 2024.

We believe that when barriers are removed, and people with disabilities are able to contribute to their communities, support their families, reach their dreams and goals, we all benefit.
The Government of B.C. has set out to become the most progressive place for people living with disabilities in Canada by 2024.

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Discrimination Found Where Lay-Off Decision Did Not Consider Disability

Global Workplace Insider | September 26, 2014, Written by Michael Torrance

In the recent decision Besner v Deputy Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development the Public Service Staffing Tribunal (the “Tribunal”) held it was discriminatory to lay-off a disabled employee after she was selected by the retention and lay-off process (“SERLO”).

The complainant was an Administrative Co-ordinator with Human Resources and Skills Development Canada suffering from several disabilities, including hearing impairment and anxiety. 

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