Tag Archives: Nova Scotia

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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Mother worries son with Down syndrome will suffer with no programs

CBC News | September 23, 2016, Written by Sherri Borden Colley

A Nova Scotia mother is worried about what will happen to her 20-year-old son with special needs once he leaves high school in the spring.

There is no day program in East Hants where Sally MacNearney and her son, Jimmy MacNearney, live.

Jimmy has Down syndrome and autism, and functions at the level of a two to three-year-old child. He graduated from Hants East Rural High School in June 2015, but is allowed to continue classes there until he turns 21-years-old in May.

After that, MacNearney does not know what the future holds for him.

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Jimmy MacNearney will be finished high school soon and his mother is worried about finding him activities during the day.

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N.S. woman with cerebral palsy denied extra home care

CBC News | July 1, 2016, Written by Anjuli Patil

A Halifax woman with cerebral palsy seeking more home care hours from the province was officially denied funding for emergency funds she needed to pay her care givers on Wednesday.

Gerrianne Hull uses the province’s self-managed care program that provides money so she can hire her own home care workers to help look after her daily needs. They help Hull — who has limited mobility and difficulty speaking — get around day to day. Last weekend, she ran out of money to pay them.

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Gerrianne Hull learned on Wednesday that her application to get emergency funding to pay her home care workers for working extra hours was denied.

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Parents unhappy with abrupt end to special needs program

CTV News | June 30, 2016

Two families are speaking out saying their sons are being discriminated against by the Halifax Regional School Board.

The board’s ACEE program provided a year of skills and training after high school for students with disabilities. However, it’s been abruptly ended, the students in the program won’t get to finish.

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Disabled woman struggles to get more home care hours

CBC News | June 29, 2016, Written by Anjuli Patil

A Halifax woman with cerebral palsy trying to get extra home care is struggling with the appeal process.  

Gerrianne Hull said she has had to dip into her own emergency funds because the amount of public funding allowed by the Nova Scotia Health Authority isn’t sufficient for her needs.

“I am out of money to pay my staff,” said Hull. 

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Gerrianne Hull said she is behind on paying the staff that look after her because the health authority denied her request for more money.

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Sydney senior fighting for disability benefits

Cape Breton Post | June 22, 2016, Written by Sharon Montgomery-Dupe

“They took my life away from me,” said Patsy Sutherland.

Sutherland, 64, said although a neurologist diagnosed her as “severe and prolonged injury and unable to work,” her claims for Canada Pension Plan disability have been denied for 12 years now, leaving her to live on solely workers’ compensation benefit.

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Aging Nova Scotia parents worried by waiting lists for children with disabilities

Chronicle Herald | June 8, 2016

Seventy-four-year-old Marg MacPhee says caring for an adult son with Asperger’s syndrome can mean moments of joy, but the time has come for the Nova Scotia government to ensure he has his own place.

The mother was one of several parents attending a government information session Tuesday night who said their worries are growing over waiting lists for housing of adults with disabilities.

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Mother calls on province to tackle disability support wait list

CBC News | May 18, 2016, Written by Kristen Brown

A Halifax woman is calling for action as Nova Scotia’s wait list for disability supports continues to grow.

Pam Anderson’s son, Brenden, 26, lives with Down syndrome. Six years ago, he was placed on the wait list for housing for people with disabilities. 

“It’s more for me that I have to have him settled before anything happens to us,” said Anderson. 

“We never know if he’s gonna go, if he’s not gonna go, when he’s gonna go. We’re getting older, we need to have him in place so that we know he’ll be comfortable.” 

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Pam Anderson with her son, Brenden

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Family of cystic fibrosis patient Jennifer Crouse struggles to cover costs

CBC  News | March 1, 2016, Written by David Irish

As a Lunenburg County single mother’s health deteriorates from cystic fibrosis, her family is racing to raise enough money to send the 31-year-old to Toronto to live while awaiting a double-lung transplant. 

Jennifer Crouse of Pinehurst, N.S., was approved for the transplant on Dec. 18, but as the clock ticks her condition worsens, shortening the window of opportunity for the operation once a pair of lungs is found.

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Jennifer Crouse (right) with her 11-year-old daughter Taylor. Crouse's family says her condition has been declining over the last several weeks as they rush to raise money to cover costs of moving to Toronto for a double-lung transplant.

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