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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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Regulation changes deny accident victim adequate benefits, family says

Hamilton Spectator | October 14, 2016, Written by Molly Hayes

A Norfolk County man’s family is baffled after their insurance company deemed his brain injury from a near-fatal motorcycle crash “not catastrophic.”

That injury classification — the criteria for which changed the same day of Adam Bari’s accident — means he is eligible for only a fraction of the compensation they feel will be needed to finance his recovery.

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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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Parents of disabled children face daunting financial preparation

Globe and Mail | October 13, 2016, Written by Gail Johnson

As a mother of three children, including one with a severe developmental disability, Laurie Geschke admits that looking into the future was not something she did before her children became adults. It was only then that she and her husband began seriously contemplating their wills.

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