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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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Sell the house to save the child: Family seeks mental-health care in U.S. for girl on wait list

CBC News | October 6, 2016, Written by Janice Grant

Most mothers think highly of their children, but few have come as close to losing them as Kirsten. (The CBC is only using her first name to protect her daughter’s privacy.)

When her daughter was just 11, she entered a spiral of worsening mental-health issues that got so bad, the family decided to sell their home to pay for life-saving treatment in the U.S.

Their struggles point to a devastating reality for those dealing with mental-health issues in Manitoba: Children are living in life-threatening situations as they wait for mental-health care. But as Kirsten enjoys coffee this fall morning in the living room of an old Winnipeg character home, she is content to know her daughter is in the kitchen, safe and sound, looking for bread to make a sandwich.

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Kristen credits a U.S.-based residential therapy program for saving her daughter's life after she began to hurt herself.

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Autism program changes cause concern for Manitoba families

CBC News | September 9, 2016, Written by Kim Kaschor

Anxieties are high this week for parents of Manitoba children with autism, as their kids head back to school with fewer supports.

“For the last two days all I’ve got was phone calls and emails and Facebook posts with parents that have huge amounts of anxiety about [their children] going back to school or going … to school for the first time,” said Guy Mercier, chairman of Manitoba Families for Effective Autism Treatment (MFEAT).  

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Adrian Roy is five years old and thriving in the early intensive behavioural intervention (EIBI) program at St. Amant.

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Being blind and using a wheelchair adds up to financial struggle for Winnipeg woman, others with disabilities

CBC News | February 23, 2016, Written by Kim Kaschor

Christine Bonnett is blind and in a wheelchair. She was diagnosed with lupus, myasthenia gravis, and neuromyelitis optica. Unable to work, she receives less than $10,000 a year from Canada Pension Plan’s long-term disability benefit.

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Christine Bonnett is blind and in a wheelchair. She was diagnosed with lupus, myasthenia gravis, and neuromyelitis optica. Unable to work, she receives less than $10,000 a year from Canada Pension Plan's long-term disability benefit.


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Challenges facing personal care workers highlighted after Winnipeg bus assault of disabled woman

Yahoo News | October 29, 2014, Written by Matthew Coutts

New details about the horrific sexual assault of a disabled woman on board a Winnipeg bus emerged this week, suggesting that the woman had a personal care worker, who was nearby during the attack but didn’t notice what was happening for 10 minutes.

The new information has placed a greater focus on Canadians who require assistance and their personal care workers – an industry that often struggles from low wages, intense working conditions and frequent turnover.

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Woman with intellectual disability sexually assaulted on bus as support worker sat nearby

CBC News | October 28, 2014

A 19-year-old woman who has a mental disability was sexually assaulted on a Winnipeg Transit bus as her support worker who sat two rows in front didn’t notice her client had been approached by a strange man until after the assault was over, CBC News has learned.

CBC News has learned the woman needs 24-hour care.

Advocates for people with disabilities said vulnerable people are often abused.

“This happens in institutions, it happens in care homes, it happens everywhere,” said Shelley Fletcher, director of People First of Canada, a national non-profit group that advocates for people with intellectual disabilities. “It happens way more than people think.”

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