Many parents, caregivers and individuals with disabilities are asking how they can get involved. Here is an easy way to participate and become politically active from your computer or smartphone even.
Writing an email/letter to your MPP is an excellent way to help move this political cause forward. If you need some guidance we attached below a sample letter with some suggested wording, Please customize your letter to your needs, and keep it simple. One page is best as they receive many emails daily and you want yours to be read.
Below is a link to Queens Parks MPP directory. After sending your email/letter we suggest you follow up with a phone call in 3 business days if they have not responded especially important if your looking for a meeting with your MPP.
We truly believe every single email, phone call and meeting makes a difference.
NAME OF MPP/PARTY LEADER
Address of Office
Re: Meeting request from (your name)
Dear MPP (First Name Last Name),
As a constituent in your riding, I am writing today to express my concerns with the government’s recent announcement on April 2, 2019, that the needs of anywhere from 25,000 to 50,000 children, youth and adults with disabilities in Ontario will not be addresseduntil the government finalizes its Ontario Autism Program.
The stark reality is that all individuals with disabilities, irrespective of labels, require and are deserving of appropriate therapeutic interventions. No individual should be forced to wait their turn for life-altering therapies while the government limits its focus to only one diagnosis.
The government needs to ensure that the
advantages being afforded to children with a diagnosis of autism through the OAP, such as access to Direct Funding Options for physiotherapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy, are equally available to children, youth and adults with any other disability in Ontario.
To do otherwise is systemic discrimination.
[INSERT YOUR PERSONAL STORY HERE]
The government’s policies and practices towards individuals with any disability other than autism are devastating and discriminatory. Children, youth and adults with any disability need access to the appropriate intervention at the right time and with the appropriate intensity.
I look forward to meeting with you to discuss these issues and ways in which we can work collaboratively to ensure that all individuals with disabilities receive the appropriate, customized, and intensive intervention and they require.
Your Contact Number