Citizens With Disabilities - Ontario
"TOGETHER WE ARE STRONGER"

         



An Invitation To: Ontario Families To Respond And Participate

The Issue:

Thousands of Ontario Families are supporting an adult at home with a Developmental Disability. In May 2007, the Minister of Community and Social Services announced a $200M budget for Developmental Services. Out of that budget only $9M went to people with developmental disabilities and their families to hire support workers to enable their child to participation in community life. The remainder of the funding went to the "revitalization of traditional agency infrastructure and wages." The Minister promised a "transformation" of developmental services to enable people with developmental disabilities to live more meaningful lives of independence and citizenship. Pouring millions of dollars into the old system and then allowing the largest provider of support in this province 'the family' to reach a crisis will not accomplish 'transformation'.

The Passport Program, the only program that provides direct funding to persons with developmental disabilities and their families to hire support workers to enable participation in community life, has been devastatingly under funded. Across the province the statistics are available, in Toronto 400 families applied and there was funding available for 33 people. Our children are leaving high school at age 21 and ending up at home on the couch. Parents are quitting jobs and redirecting respite funds and retirement funds to hire support to insure their son's and daughters have some meaningful daytime activities or are simply 'safe' at home on the couch.

The Response:

Christine Elliot, M.P.P. Whitby-Oshawa has listened to our concerns and will enlist the support of Sylvia Jones, M.P.P. of Dufferin-Calendon and opposition critic, to bring this crisis up with questions during the morning session of the Ontario Legislature on Monday May 26, 2008. There will be a press release prior to the session to inform the broader community of this crisis and to encourage public support for thousands of Ontario families who simply want a life for their children when high school ends. Support to help insure they are off the couch and out in the community and participating.

The Invitation:

Families are invited to come to Queens Park on May 26, 2008 at 10:00AM to fill the gallery at the Ontario Legislature and support Christine and Sylvia in raising questions about the issues related to the Passport Program.

Please RSVP your attendance at Queens Park by May 19th.

RSVP to:
Cindy Mitchell Helen Dionne
Passport Funding Action Group Durham Family Network
(905) 723-8111 (905) 436-2500 ext 2222
E-mail cmitchellworks@rogers.com e-mail hdionne@dafrs.com

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