CBC TV’s The National | December 14, 2014 (Originally aired November 19, 2012)
The CBC’s Ioanna Roumeliotis looks at another family that has had to make a tough decision about their developmentally challenged child.by
Adam Traub does not know where he will sleep after he wheels out of his motel room on Tuesday morning.
But the 66-year-old said he is fed up with sleeping in long-term care beds while he waits for a social housing apartment.
It has been five years since Traub applied for a community housing spot. He has lived in two long-term care facilities and recently checked himself out with the desperate hopes he will get bumped up on the priority list.
“It seems to me nobody cares,” he said.by
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.
Like many developmentally disabled people, Paige Cunliffe has found it difficult to find a home. Ontario recognizes the need for better support, but there are an estimated 12,000 developmentally disabled people waiting for a place in group homes.
As part of the « By Design » series The Current examines the growing number of people living in facilities that families argue are simply inappropriate… designed for the elderly.
5,338: The number of people with developmental disabilities — and under the age of 65 — who were admitted to long term care homes in Ontario between 2008 and 2012.
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The last time he was on the streets, Chris spent almost three months in Hamilton youth shelters, where he faced knife-wielding drifters, befriended drug-addled teens, and went missing for 24 hours.
For mom Andrea, it was every parent’s worst nightmare. But for Chris, it was something else: the only place he had friends.
“The people I met on the street were better than school. They were like my family,” Chris told the Star in 2012. “They treated me like an equal.”
Though he now has a permanent place at a Burlington community living home — the missing piece that led him to youth shelters — Chris still thinks he’d be better off homeless.
More than 12,000 Ontarians with intellectual disabilities have been waiting for a group home placement for over a decade. Their aging parents, now unable to fully support their children, are demanding a change in the system. In this episode of AMI’s Canada in Perspective host Anna-Karina Tabuñar talks to frustrated parents to figure out what can be done.
Donna Kirk Blog (August 8, 2014)
Crisis is now a Pre-requisite for Service.
On October 3, 2012, the Legislative Assembly of Ontario gave unanimous consent to a motion to appoint a Select Committee of Developmental Services. The Select Committee would consider and report to the House its observations and recommendations with respect to the urgent need for a comprehensive developmental services strategy… [Read the full blog post here]by
York Region News (August 1, 2014) – Written by Sean Pearce
L’Arche provides meaningful work and day programs for people with disabilities, MacMillan said, but space and staffing limit how much it can do. Investments such as that made being made by the province will allow it to welcome even more people, he said.
“It’s a very good start,” he continued, especially since it has been a few years since there has been a significant influx of new dollars for the sector. [Read the full story]by
The Toronto Star (July 23, 2014) – Written by Andrea Gordon
No more wait lists. One provincial minister in charge. And recognition that all people with developmental disabilities have the right to services they need throughout their lives.
Those are the key recommendations in a long-awaited report released at Queen’s Park on Tuesday by the Select Committee on Developmental Services.
Calling the situation “urgent,” the all-party committee said it was “deeply troubled and alarmed by the range of barriers confronting persons with developmental disabilities.” As a result, they said, many families “feel pushed to the brink of disaster.” [Read the full story here]