Le Devoir | 23 novembre 2015, Par Isabelle Paré
La moitié des personnes ayant une déficience intellectuelle ont été agressées
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. »
Michel Nadeau, 20, has cerebral palsy and has been using a wheelchair most of his life.
Nadeau says every time he tries to take the 200 bus on Montreal’s West Island from either Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue or Beaconsfield to Pointe-Claire, the ramp on the bus doesn’t work.
A rehabilitation centre for people with intellectual disabilities on Montreal’s West Island is feeling the effects of government budget cuts.
The West Montreal Readaptation Centre — which uses the French acronym CROM — is cutting services, and asking parents and volunteers to pick up the slack.
CROM President Gary Whittaker says the government has slashed more than $5 million from the organization’s budget over the past five years.
“When [the health] minister [Gaétan] Barrette says the cuts won’t affect services, they will affect services,” Whittaker said.by