Dear Families, Self-Advocates, and Supporters,
For the past year, disability advocates have been raising the alarm over the provincial governments proposed critical care triage protocol. As we are experiencing the third wave of the pandemic, seeing increased numbers of patients in Intensive Care Units, and are faced with the real threat of our health care system collapsing, we have collected information from trusted resources for your awareness and information on this important issue. Please see the links below.
Below is a template letter that was developed for the purposes of advocating to the Ontario government. You will see that there are highlighted sections for you to personalize the letter and we encourage you to add your comments. This letter is addressed to Premier Ford and Health Minister Elliot and should you choose to send it, please cc your local MPP.
Link to MPP contact list: Current MPPs – Legislative Assembly of Ontario (ola.org)
Doug Ford, Premier: firstname.lastname@example.org
Christine Elliott, Minister of Health: email@example.com
The AODA Alliance is seeking support from self-advocates, families, and anyone who supports those with a disability to put pressure on the government so that discriminatory practices do not occur towards our loved ones should a protocol such as this have to be utilized due to the health care system being overwhelmed. Other advocacy ideas can include social media sharing of tweets and posts, contacting your local media, engaging with faith-based groups in your community, or connecting with a local family network.
You can follow AODA on Twitter at @aodaalliance and we encourage you to sign up for their newsletter to receive updated information on this and many other areas of concern: Sign up for the AODA Alliance Newsletter (confirmsubscription.com)
Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance:
Ontario Human Rights Commission Again Commendably Raises Human Rights Concerns with Ontario’s Critical Care Triage Plans, While the Ontario College of Physicians And surgeons Appears to Wrongly – Green Light Those Plans The AODA Alliance Responds! – AODA Alliance
Ontario Human Rights Commission:
New letter to Minister of Health on critical care triage protocol – Ontario Human Rights Commission (ohrc.on.ca)
Watch the Triage Protocol Townhall discussion:
Triage Protocol Townhall with David Lepofsky – April 2021
Download the Triage Advocacy Letter:
Triage Advocacy Letter – April 2021
Thank you for your consideration of this important issue.
Thunder Bay Family Network
Muskoka Family Network
Northern Autism Families Matter
Family Support Network – York Region
Ontario Autism Coalition
Ontario Disability Coalition
Family Alliance Ontario