Preventing the neglect of vulnerable victims: Jamie Hawley's death by neglect. Click here.
Sal Amenta responds to hateful letter. Click here.
Community Living Ontario responds to hateful letter. Click here.
Michael Bach speaks about Ready, Willing & Able in Parry Sound.
Link to the CBC Edmonton feature story on Betty Anne Gagnon. Click here.
Toronto Star's Carol Goar's comments on Huronia. Click here
FAMILIES IN CRISIS
CTV London reports on a family's fear of losing support and funding. Click here for more.
Desperate mother in Arnprior click here.
Desperate parents leave son who has autism at government office. For more info click here. Watch CBC's coverage of the story.
Deborah Rollier writes a letter to The Windsor Star on another family in crisis.
Read a compelling opinion piece on lack of direct funding for people who have a disability.
Community Living Ontario presents to the Select Committee on Developmental Services - Now it's your turn to be heard
"Ending the Wait: An Action Agenda to Address the Housing Crisis Confronting Ontario Adults with Developmental Disabilities": We need your help
As media reports and an Ombudsman’s investigation suggest, Ontario’s long-standing shortfalls on services for adults with developmental disabilities have reached a crisis stage. This is particularly true with respect to residential supports – where 12,000 people have been on “waiting lists” that have grown steadily longer over several decades. It is especially unacceptable, for instance, that aging caregivers in their 70s and 80s are still shouldering 24/7 responsibilities.
In 2012, a “Housing Study Group” was created by the Partnership Table, which regularly brings together representatives of the Ministry of Community & Social Services and the developmental services sector (including agencies and community/family groups). Asked to investigate this critical problem the Housing Study Group prepared the report “Ending the Wait: An Action Agenda to Address the Housing Crisis Confronting Ontario Adults with Developmental Disabilities” and released it in September 2013. Read more
Select Committee on Developmental Services
This October, the provincial government struck the long-anticipated Select Committee on Developmental Services. The committee held its first meeting on October 24, and set the mandate and plan over the next few months. There will be opportunities for consultations coordinated around the province; we do not know when these will take place, but we will keep you up to date.
Community Living Ontario is working to draft some common messaging and strategies for ensuring that critical issues, and solutions are communicated to the committee members. We will be making a presentation to the committee on November 13th, at 4:20 p.m.
We encourage you to visit them and tell them your story and share your experiences. Read more
Settlement for Former Residents of Huronia Regional Centre
Community Living Ontario recognizes the great injustice suffered by people who had an intellectual disability and were sent away from their community to government run institutions over many decades. We applaud the former residents of Huronia Regional Centre who have pursued justice and secured a settlement with government for the harm done them. Read more
Community Living Day at Queen’s Park
Community and Social Services Minister Ted McMeekin and participants of the day (photo credit Louis Thomas)
Members of Community Living visited Queen’s Park in downtown Toronto yesterday to recognize what they have achieved in partnership with members of the provincial parliament and look ahead to the work they need to continue doing together.
A joint annual project of Community Living Ontario and Community Living Toronto, the day is a means to promote public awareness—especially among government representatives—of the issues faced by people who have an intellectual disability, along with their families and those served by Community Living associations. Read more
Ontario Budget begins to tackle huge crisis for families in Ontario
The Ontario Budget included $42 million per year for support to people who have an intellectual disability. New funds will be invested to help families and adults in urgent need, reduce waitlist pressures and better support those with complex needs.
Many families who are facing crisis will benefit from these new funds but unfortunately, it will not stretch nearly far enough to prevent many more exhausted parents reaching the crises point Amanda Telford reached earlier this week. Amanda dropped her son off at an Ontario government office Tuesday morning because she and her husband could not care for him any longer. Read more