There is a clear difference between helping a person with an intellectual disability to stay alive and helping them to live. That mindset has driven the career of Michael Kendrick, a sought-after writer, public speaker, service evaluator, and consultant on the topic of helping people to live meaningful lives. “The overall process is really one of imagining ‘better…’” he says, “you can always have a lifestyle, but is it a lifestyle that’s really personally fulfilling?”... Click here to read the full blog post.
The wait isn’t over for more than 3,500 former residents of Ontario’s three large institutions, many of whom suffered abuse at the hands of staff, as the wait for legally-agreed-upon compensation drags on. According to the website of Koskie Minsky LLP, the law firm handling the settlement, these victims, who have cerebral palsy, Down Syndrome, and other intellectual disabilities, suffered “…psychological trauma, pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and exacerbation of existing mental disabilities.” Charges included choking, kicking, sexual assault, neglect, and even controlling residents with cattle prods.
The December 2013 settlement promised the victims compensation of up to $42,000, depending on the severity of their claim. They have yet to receive any payment.
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Become a Volunteer Member of Community Living Ontario's Board of Directors
Community Living Ontario is actively seeking dedicated volunteers who possess varied backgrounds and perspectives to join its Board of Directors. Join the Community Living Ontario Board of Directors as a volunteer and make a difference in this province, in this country and this world by advocating for the rights of people with an intellectual disability. You will be glad that you did.
Read David Barber’s reflection of his time as a Member and Past President of Community Living Ontario. We thank David for taking the time to share his thoughts. View the blog post here.
Interested in getting involved and contributing to the direction and success of Community Living at the provincial level? Contact Terri Meshwork at terri [at] communitylivingontario [dot] ca. Should you have any questions about the nominations process, contact Keith Dee, Director of Membership at kdee [at] communitylivingontario [dot] ca.