Tag Archives: waiting lists

Wait time for child autism assessments ‘completely unacceptable’

CBC News | December 9, 2016, Written by Kerry Campbell

The long wait times Island families face waiting for a child to be diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder or a learning disability came under scrutiny in the P.E.I. Legislature Friday.

The current wait time for Island children to receive an assessment from a psychologist within the school system is about three years, according to government.

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The province says it is exploring an option to hire private practice psychologists to help clear the backlog of assessment cases.

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After the institutions: Why Ontario’s decision to shut long-term care facilities haunts some to this day

Ottawa Citizen | November 25, 2016, Written by Rob Corbett

Ontario Ombudsman Paul Dubé released a report this summer titled Nowhere to Turn. It came with the sub-title: “Investigation into the Ministry of Community and Social Services response to situations of crisis involving adults with developmental disabilities.”

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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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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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Family still reeling years after pregnant woman’s hospital fall

Toronto Star | October 14, 2016, Written by Christopher Reynolds

Mary Archer went into hospital an expectant mother, full of dreams for the future — she came out three and a half years later, severely brain damaged, unable to walk on her own and struggling to speak.

“It’s been like a nightmare that you never wake up from,” says Heather MacDonald-Archer of her daughter’s devastating injuries suffered in the wake of a fall at St. Michael’s hospital in 2009, in the hours after she had surgery to replace a shunt at the back of her skull.

Now, after seven years of anguish, uncertainty over living arrangements, and thousands of dollars in care costs, her family is finally getting some relief — supportive housing for Mary.

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Mary Archer, 38, recently moved into supportive housing seven years after a tragic post-operation incident at St. Michael's hospital that left the Toronto social worker with severe brain damage and forever altered her life and those of her loved ones.

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Disabled refugees to Metro Vancouver spend hours sitting on floor, immobile

Vancouver Sun | June 22, 2016, Written by Tara Carman

All day, almost every day, they pass the hours sitting on a white carpet on the laminate floor of a North Burnaby apartment, unable to move.

They are two sisters from Syria, Hoda and Maha Al-Sidawi, who are 24 and 23 respectively. Since about age 10, they have suffered from a neurological condition that makes their muscles extremely weak.

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Hoda and Maha Al-Sidawi sitting on floor of Vancouver apartment

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Group homes for adults with autism unaffordable and inaccessible, parents say

CTV News | June 8, 2016, Written by Graham Slaughter

Some parents say they are struggling to pay for support workers and housing once their child becomes an adult and several provincial supports they relied on disappear.

Ontario offers about 18,000 spaces in publicly funded group homes for adults with developmental disabilities, but more than 6,000 people are currently on waiting lists.

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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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ALS patient can’t walk after fall while waiting for home retrofit help

CBC News | May 18, 2016

The family of a New Brunswick woman with ALS is calling on the provincial government to streamline a program designed to help retrofit homes for people with disabilities.

Ruth Holt, a 64-year-old mother of two from New Denmark, was waiting for funding to make her bathroom wheelchair-accessible when she went in with her walker instead and fell on May 9.

She has been unable to walk since then. Now, she must be given sponge baths and lifted onto a commode in the family farm house. 

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Ruth Holt, who has ALS, fell in the bathroom while using her walker instead of her wheelchair because her bathroom isn't wheelchair-accessible yet.


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