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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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OASIS recognizes support for families, agencies to mark International Day for Persons with Disabilities

CNW | December 3, 2014

Ottawa, one of Canada’s largest cities, has 950,000 people. Now, imagine this whole population struggling to work good jobs and live comfortably. This is a harsh reality for the over 900,000 Ontarians living with disabilities. Fortunately, with more funding and assistance flowing to families and agencies, the reality is improving. Today, on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, OASIS is recognizing the Ministry of Community and Social Services’ efforts to end the wait for Ontario’s families in line for social assistance.

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Oasis - Ontario Agencies Supporting Individuals with Special Needs

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Etobicoke mom with special needs child needs help with necessary renovations | October 29, 2014, Written by Tamara Shephard

Ten-year-old Thomas Bourke is excited to ride his bike and play on the sprawling 11 acres of greenspace when he moves with his mom into their new Burnhamthorpe and Mill roads area condo in late November.

But first, the family is seeking some angels.

The 1,300-square-foot condo needs extensive modifications to accommodate Thomas, who has cerebral palsy. He requires assistance in all mobility and daily living skills, and has difficulty speaking and processing information.

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Thomas and mom


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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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Para Transpo should serve developmentally disabled, group says

CBC News | October 20, 2014

A group that represents people with cognitive disabilities wants its members to have access to Para Transpo services.

According to current rules, anyone who wants a ride with Para Transpo must have a physical disability.

But the Ottawa-Carleton Association for Persons with Developmental Disabilities says some of its members struggle to use regular city buses.

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