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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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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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Couple’s adoption of boy with Down syndrome ‘a gift and a blessing’

CBC News | September 10, 2014 – Written by Donna Carreiro

Alex Dudley and Holly Graham chronicle their special adoption story online

Alex Dudley posted this photograph of her with Jaxson, her infant son, during a CBC Radio interview this week.

Former Winnipegger Alex Dudley and her wife, Holly Graham, adopted a baby boy this past June then spent a summer filled with medical emergencies, long hospital visits and surprise setbacks.

That’s because their son, Jaxson, has Down syndrome. And they wouldn’t have it any other way.

« He’s a happy little guy and we’re just happy to be out of the hospital with him, » Dudley said from the CBC’s studios in Calgary. « We’re finally getting into a routine. »

It’s an extraordinary adoption story, they admit, in light of recent concerns that adoptive families don’t often get the support they need in order for the adoptions to succeed.

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Inquest starts in Brian Sinclair hospital ER death

Global News & The Canadian Press (September 6, 2013)

“A perfect storm occurred,” Olsen told Judge Tim Preston Tuesday. “The WRHA failed him … at all levels of the organization.”

Sinclair went to the emergency room of Winnipeg’s Health Sciences Centre Sept. 19, 2008, with a bladder infection and spoke with a nurse. The homeless aboriginal man stayed in the emergency room waiting room until a fellow patient notified a security guard that he was dead.

Manitoba’s medical examiner found Sinclair had a blocked catheter and that the problem could have been fixed with a simple procedure.

Sinclair, a double-amputee, was soft-spoken and hard to understand, Olsen said. He was also cognitively impaired and fiercely independent… [Read the full story here]

UPDATE: ‘Brian Sinclair inquest wraps with lawyer calling ER death a homicide’

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