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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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It’s not how you look that defines you | October 5, 2014, Written by Wendy Elliott

Recently, 23-year-old Vicky Levack, along with another woman, launched Independence Now to promote housing and independence for young adults with disabilities and/or special needs. Their vision is to live, not just be alive. Doesn’t seem too much to ask.

Vicky is one of 127 people under the age of 50 living in a nursing home. Her ideal setting would be a house with other young people.

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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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Terminally-ill daughter « always smiling »

The Brockville Recorder| September 13, 2014, Written by Meggie Sylvester

Erin Wade, now 22, began showing signs of a neurological condition when she was just 17 years old.

The young, bright-eyed woman would soon be diagnosed with a terminal condition known as Huntington’s Disease, characterized by emotional turmoil, cognitive loss and physical deterioration.

The disease, effecting up to 8.4 Canadians per every 100,000, has yet to gain widespread awareness in Canada or on the international level, according to her mother Cindy Moore.

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Cindy Moore, right, is show with her daughter, Erin Wade, who suffers from a neurological condition known as Huntington's Disease.

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Checking-In: Not old enough to be in a nursing home & not macho enough to work in the video game design industry

CBC Radio’s The Current | September 11, 2014

The Current‘s Anna Maria Tremonti speaks with Minister of Community and Social Services, Helena Jaczek about funding crisis for developmental supports, poor data on prevalence and needs in Ontario, and how the Ontario government plans to spend the extra $810 million announced for the sector wisely without a clear picture of need.

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