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BC Empty Gifts like Empty Promises: ACORN Members Rally for Disability Rights

ACORN Canada | December 29, 2014

In British Columbia, single parents on income and disability assistance have every dollar of their monthly child support payments clawed back from their assistance cheques. Since 2013, BC ACORN members have been campaigning tirelessly to get the government to end this controversial policy, and after over a year of consulting with organizations, families, parents, and other stakeholders, on December 10, 2014 the government requested yet further consultations before making any decision on the matter.

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Removing barriers helps build inclusive communities

The Boundary Sentinel | September 30, 2014, Written by Don McRae

The Government of B.C. has set out to become the most progressive place for people living with disabilities in Canada by 2024.

We believe that when barriers are removed, and people with disabilities are able to contribute to their communities, support their families, reach their dreams and goals, we all benefit.
The Government of B.C. has set out to become the most progressive place for people living with disabilities in Canada by 2024.

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The Plight of People with Developmental Disabilities in Ontario

Donna Kirk Blog (August 8, 2014)

Crisis is now a Pre-requisite for Service.

On October 3, 2012, the Legislative Assembly of Ontario gave unanimous consent to a motion to appoint a Select Committee of Developmental Services. The Select Committee would consider and report to the House its observations and recommendations with respect to the urgent need for a comprehensive developmental services strategy… [Read the full blog post here]

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Richmond Hill facility to benefit from province’s investment

York Region News (August 1, 2014)  – Written by Sean Pearce

L’Arche provides meaningful work and day programs for people with disabilities, MacMillan said, but space and staffing limit how much it can do. Investments such as that made being made by the province will allow it to welcome even more people, he said.

“It’s a very good start,” he continued, especially since it has been a few years since there has been a significant influx of new dollars for the sector. [Read the full story]

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No more wait lists for disabled in Ontario, all-party report urges

The Toronto Star (July 23, 2014) – Written by Andrea Gordon

No more wait lists. One provincial minister in charge. And recognition that all people with developmental disabilities have the right to services they need throughout their lives.

Those are the key recommendations in a long-awaited report released at Queen’s Park on Tuesday by the Select Committee on Developmental Services.

Calling the situation “urgent,” the all-party committee said it was “deeply troubled and alarmed by the range of barriers confronting persons with developmental disabilities.” As a result, they said, many families “feel pushed to the brink of disaster.” [Read the full story here]

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Parents get chance to voice concerns about care for intellectually challenged adult children

The Ottawa Citizen (January 16, 2014) – Written by: Matthew Pearson

It’s been eight months since Amanda Telford and her husband made the gut-wrenching decision to drop their adult son off at a social service agency because they were too exhausted to provide round-the-clock care for him.

They were, until recently, among the 12,000 Ontario families waiting for some kind of supported living accommodation for their adult children with developmental disabilities, mental illnesses or, in some cases, both.

And it is stories such as theirs that members of Ontario’s select committee on developmental services are likely to hear Friday when they convene a special session in Ottawa… [Read the full story here]

 

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