Wait time for child autism assessments ‘completely unacceptable’

CBC News | December 9, 2016, Written by Kerry Campbell

The long wait times Island families face waiting for a child to be diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder or a learning disability came under scrutiny in the P.E.I. Legislature Friday.

The current wait time for Island children to receive an assessment from a psychologist within the school system is about three years, according to government.

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The province says it is exploring an option to hire private practice psychologists to help clear the backlog of assessment cases.

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Winnipeg man living with disability ‘aged out’ of support services

CBC News | December 7, 2016, Written by Donna Carreiro

A Winnipeg man living with cerebral palsy says he is both too old and too smart to access support services he once had as a minor — and that’s why he’s filed a human rights complaint against both Manitoba Health and the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority.

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Tyson Sylvester, 21, no longer has access to support services provided to him before he turned 18.

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BC disability benefits still leaving people below poverty line: advocate

News 1130 | December 3, 2016, Written by Kurtis Doering

Marking the United Nation’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities, a disability rights group here in Vancouver is sounding an alarm.

They say despite a recent increase in disability benefits, people across BC are still being left below the poverty line.

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Woman with disability raises enough money to leave hospital and go home

CBC News | November 28, 2016, Written by Tori Weldon

Kelly Anne Denton said she could have come home months ago, but couldn’t afford the renovations needed to make her home wheelchair accessible.

She said after she was denied funding from the Department of Social Development, she and her family turned to the community and crowd funding.

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Tristan Denton, Kelly Anne Denton

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After the institutions: Why Ontario’s decision to shut long-term care facilities haunts some to this day

Ottawa Citizen | November 25, 2016, Written by Rob Corbett

Ontario Ombudsman Paul Dubé released a report this summer titled Nowhere to Turn. It came with the sub-title: “Investigation into the Ministry of Community and Social Services response to situations of crisis involving adults with developmental disabilities.”

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Rideau Regional Centre

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Halifax father turns to Kijiji as son faces 8-year wait for supported housing

CBC News | November 18, 2016, Written by Moira Donovan

Jeff Pearson’s son is 22, and like many people in his 20s he’s keen to move out and live on his own, his father says.

But when Pearson was told last year his son, who has an intellectual disability, would have to wait up to eight years for supported housing through the province, he started contemplating a different approach — Kijiji.

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Jeff Pearson has turned to Kijiji to try and find his intellectually disabled son a place to live.

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Critics calling for more autism services for English-speaking families in Quebec

Global News | November 9, 2016, Written by Anne Leclair

A family in Rigaud is moving to Ontario to access services for their autistic son because of long waiting lists in Quebec. As Anne Leclair reports, several stakeholders claim it’s a growing problem faced by many English-speaking families.

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