Tag Archives: access to services

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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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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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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Regina protesters want to stop changes to Sask. disability program

CBC News | October 20, 2016

A group of protesters is calling on the provincial government to stop funding changes to disability programs in Saskatchewan.

About 40 people gathered outside the legislature in Regina on Wednesday, some holding signs saying “Budget Cuts Are Killing Us” and “Stand Up For People With Disabilities.”

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About 40 protesters gathered outside the Saskatchewan legislature on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016 to oppose changes to disability funding.

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Family still reeling years after pregnant woman’s hospital fall

Toronto Star | October 14, 2016, Written by Christopher Reynolds

Mary Archer went into hospital an expectant mother, full of dreams for the future — she came out three and a half years later, severely brain damaged, unable to walk on her own and struggling to speak.

“It’s been like a nightmare that you never wake up from,” says Heather MacDonald-Archer of her daughter’s devastating injuries suffered in the wake of a fall at St. Michael’s hospital in 2009, in the hours after she had surgery to replace a shunt at the back of her skull.

Now, after seven years of anguish, uncertainty over living arrangements, and thousands of dollars in care costs, her family is finally getting some relief — supportive housing for Mary.

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Mary Archer, 38, recently moved into supportive housing seven years after a tragic post-operation incident at St. Michael's hospital that left the Toronto social worker with severe brain damage and forever altered her life and those of her loved ones.

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