Tag Archives: Quebec

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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Opinion: A desperate parent’s plea: Let me outlive my special-needs child

Montreal Gazette | June 1, 2016, Written by Katharine Cukier

And here’s what you should know: In our frequent moments of pessimism, “Just give me one more day’’ is the secret mantra of parents of disabled children across Quebec.

I’m not making cryptic references to euthanasia, but rather exposing the desperate, magical thinking of loving parents who have no reason to believe their vulnerable child will be safe once they are gone. Given that services for adults with intellectual disabilities in Quebec are getting even worse, I really don’t know what else to do except pray to my particular non-existent god to intervene and allow me to live one day longer than my son.

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Undated photo of Benjamin, Katharine, Eric Houde and Marguerite. (Courtesy Katharine Cukier) ORG XMIT: POS1407310957384593

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Man charged after trying to burn down house with himself, son with Down syndrome inside

Global News | April 10, 2016, Written by Annabelle Olivier

TERREBONNE – A Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines man is facing numerous charges, including attempted murder, after he allegedly tried to kill himself and his son with Down syndrome, by setting the family home on fire.

The suspect, posted  a cry for help on his Facebook page Wednesday before allegedly setting the house on fire.

While the video is no longer accessible, Daniel Fortier with Terrebonne police confirmed its existence and said that the suspect was critical of Premier Phillipe Couillard and Health Minister Gaetan Barrette for not doing more to help families in difficult situations.

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Quebec parents of severely disabled children plead for more financial help

CBC News | Marc 15, 2016, Written by Elias Abboud

A group representing parents of severely disabled children in Quebec has approached Health Minister Gaétan Barrette with a solution they say will help them care for their kids at home.

The parents say they provide their children with round-the-clock care, 24/7, and they get little financial support. 

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Anouk and Yan Lanouette-Turgeon's two-year-old daughter Lhassa, bottom left, has a neurological disorder and requires round-the-clock care. Their son Éli, 5, has Down syndrome.

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Presentation on Multiple Sclerosis: Parliamentarians Can and Should Change the State of Affairs

CNW | October 21, 2014

MONTREAL, Oct. 21, 2014 /CNW Telbec/ – Canada has the highest rate of multiple sclerosis in the world, and it continues to grow. Today, an estimated 100,000 Canadians have to live with this disease. “Approximately 20,000 Quebec families are affected by MS,” according to Louis Adam, Executive Director of the Quebec Division of the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada. “It is crucial for elected officials in this province to have a better understanding of the issues related to this disease.”

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