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Woman with disability raises enough money to leave hospital and go home

CBC News | November 28, 2016, Written by Tori Weldon

Kelly Anne Denton said she could have come home months ago, but couldn’t afford the renovations needed to make her home wheelchair accessible.

She said after she was denied funding from the Department of Social Development, she and her family turned to the community and crowd funding.

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Tristan Denton, Kelly Anne Denton

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As girl with Down syndrome gets ready for grad, mom worries about support for disabled adults

CBC News | May 21, 2016, Written by Liam Britten

Ann Auld says that parents of children with disabilities are often left to fend for themselves when it comes to finding supports for their children as they enter adulthood beyond fellow parents of children with disabilities.

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Zola (left) sits with her mom, Ann Auld. Zola is about to graduate from high school, and her mother worries about the level of support she will get as an adult living with Down syndrome in B.C.

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Discrimination Found Where Lay-Off Decision Did Not Consider Disability

Global Workplace Insider | September 26, 2014, Written by Michael Torrance

In the recent decision Besner v Deputy Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development the Public Service Staffing Tribunal (the “Tribunal”) held it was discriminatory to lay-off a disabled employee after she was selected by the retention and lay-off process (“SERLO”).

The complainant was an Administrative Co-ordinator with Human Resources and Skills Development Canada suffering from several disabilities, including hearing impairment and anxiety. 

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Autism Project revisited: Whatever happened to Chris Stafford?

The Toronto Star (August 29, 2014) – Written by Jonathan Forani

The last time he was on the streets, Chris spent almost three months in Hamilton youth shelters, where he faced knife-wielding drifters, befriended drug-addled teens, and went missing for 24 hours.

For mom Andrea, it was every parent’s worst nightmare. But for Chris, it was something else: the only place he had friends.

“The people I met on the street were better than school. They were like my family,” Chris told the Star in 2012. “They treated me like an equal.”

Though he now has a permanent place at a Burlington community living home — the missing piece that led him to youth shelters — Chris still thinks he’d be better off homeless. 

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Alberta opposition wants probe into reports of deaths of care-home patients

Medicine Hat News (August 21, 2014) – Written by The Canadian Press

Alberta’s opposition parties want an investigation into reports that five people have died after being transferred from a care home for the severely disabled in Red Deer.

Residents of the Michener Centre are being moved to community group homes as part of a government plan to close much of the facility to save money.

New Democrat David Eggen says the reports suggest that five of 41 people who have been transferred in recent months have died. [Read the full story here]

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Middle-aged, autistic, lost without mom: Where does a family turn?

The Ottawa Citizen (August 12, 2014) – Written by Kelly Egan

Screen Shot 2014-08-26 at 11.40.05 AMMonday we sketched out the story of an autistic savant, a celebrated writer living in Paris and travelling the world, a man in control of his future.

It is not typically so with autism.

Jennifer James lives deep in Renfrew County and will never see the Left Bank, nor read a book, let alone write one.

Her plight is more common in the wide footprint of the syndrome: approaching middle-age, severely debilitated, living in an old farmhouse, at a crossroads in terms of long-term care, a station in life that has overwhelmed her family. [Read the full story and watch the video here]


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Adults with autism focus of new Ontario working group

The Toronto Star (August 7, 2014) – Written by Kate Allen

The working group was formed to respond to what Weir called “an alarming lack of knowledge and appropriate services.” Their first goal is a conference this fall that will educate clinicians on the mental health problems faced by adults with ASD, who are often misdiagnosed or not diagnosed at all.

More broadly, the committee will advocate for a comprehensive system of care that can support individuals with ASD throughout their whole lives. [Read the full story 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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