There is a Rehabilitation crisis for children with ALL disabilities in Ontario and it is imperative to get action from our Government. Families and concerned citizens are planning to share with you our experiences with rehabilitation services across Ontario. The Ontario Disability Coalition is discussing the effects of the erosion of Human Right’s by the Ontario Government for people (especially children) with a disability.
We will be also be releasing the results of a recent survey on the experiences of parents with children with special needs when dealing with the Children’s Treatment Centres (CTC’s) across Ontario. In addition, we will share our vision for families to have choice and control in relation to their disability services.
Every Ontarian deserves to be treated equally and be provided with the opportunities to be able to live without discrimination of the services, and facilities that they need to survive, succeed and thrive.
If any of you would like additional information please feel free to reach out to us ONTARIODISABILITYCOALITION@GMAIL.COM
Health Canada has approved Spinraza for Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) patients so what is stopping the Ontario Government from allowing a Children’s Hospital to administer this to young patients. Especially when it has proven effective in the USA for patients with SMA 1, 2 & 3. Money should not prevent a child have a chance at a normal life.
Irreversible tissue damage will happen if 3.5 year old Sofia Gall does not get treated. Why do her parents need to raise money through donations to travel to a hospital in the States just so the Ontario Government can save a penny to waste on their follies?
Help Sofia and her mom Julia Antipa by making her plea go viral on Facebook.
Help the Ontario Disability Coalition make a change and sign our Petition.
A disabled child, youth or adult can benefit greatly from the hands-on treatment provided by a health professional. A trained Physiotherapist, Occupational Therapist, Behavioural Therapist, and/or a Speech and Language Therapist can work wonders and make life-changing differences.
The Ontario Government cutbacks have reduced access to this needed therapy and are handing it over to the stressed, over-worked, parent to handle. Consultation sessions with health professional does not turn a parent into a trained professional that spends years in training before earning a license to practice the learned skill.
Help us change this and provide greater access to hands on treatment with a regulated health professional. Please sign, distribute and mail our Petition.
To the Legislative Assembly of Ontario
WHEREAS; We need you to break down the barriers that are depriving many children and youth with ALL disabilities access to ongoing and continuous therapy to improve their quality of life to promote their independence.
WHEREAS; Children and youth with ALL disabilities should be able to access quality therapy that is parent/caregiver directed. All children and youth with disabilities must have access to needed hands on therapy such as Physiotherapy, Occupational, Speech and Language, Augmentative Communication and Vision therapy
WHEREAS; Parents should be able to purchase therapy through a Direct Funding model WHEREAS; There should be a transparent process for accessing therapy through the Children’s Treatment Centre’s
WHEREAS; All additional investments in Children Treatment Centre’s should maximize front line services and reduce excess management costs.
WHEREAS; Parents should be able to access an independent appeal process
The undersigned an Ontario voting resident petition the Legislative Assembly of Ontario as follows:
As currently many children and youth are being deprived of necessary therapies which result in adverse long term health effects we are pleading with you to address this immediately. Urge the Ministry of Children and Youth Services to provide the necessary and required therapy to children and youth with ALL disabilities on a consistent and ongoing basis, with a choice of direct funding model,to fulfill the government’s commitment to support ALL children to allow these services to increase their ability to participate fully at home, school and in the community.
Printed Name: _________________________________________
Ontario Address: ________________________________________
Ontario City: __________________________
PO Code: ________________
Please print complete and return signed petition to: Ontario Disability Coalition 5 Skywood Drive Richmond Hill, Ontario
To Download Full Form: OCDPetition
Access to therapy should not be difficult but if your child requires regular professional therapy it is! These same children become adults who will still need therapy. Without ongoing professional therapy secondary preventable conditions can and will develop as a result of poor ongoing care.
Today, the untrained parent is expected to handle this therapy as most cannot afford a private therapist.
The Canada Health Act states that “the primary objective of Canadian health care policy is to protect, promote and restore the physical and mental well-being of residents of Canada and to facilitate reasonable access to health services without financial or other barriers.”
If you think that the Ontario Government should follow the Canada Health Act please print, sign, distribute and return the Ontario Disability Coalition Petition.
The Ontario Disability Coalition (ODC) is a grassroots coalition that was established in 2017 to be the voice of parents, caregivers, health service professionals and disabled individuals children and adults. Our primary goal is to advocate for health care services that a person needs to find their way towards achieving as normal a life as possible.
Our secondary goal is to ensure that all publicly funded services, have minimal wait times, are fully accessible and flexible to meet the needs of all disabled individuals. We are willing to assist with policy development related to issues of children, youth and adults with disabilities. We will co-operate where possible with other organizations and advocates for individuals with disabilities. We will assist with and support the efforts of parents, caregivers and professionals to meet the needs of people with disabilities. We will preach accountability and transparency with all publicly funded or public supported health services.
The Ontario Disability Coalition was formed to break down the barriers that provide access to therapy for children, youth and adults with an ongoing disability.
The continuing reductions of support for our disabled children and youth has reached critical conditions. The changes in the accessibility to essential services for school age children was reviewed and reported upon in the July 2010 “Report of School Health Support Services” produced by Deloitte Inc. Little has improved since this report. More and more children need these services everyday but the services have not changed to meet this increase and may have indeed been reduced.
Many children and youth with ALL types of disabilities have no access to ongoing and continuous therapy designed to improve their quality of life to promote their independence. We wish that the Ontario Government urgently change this sad situation for those who cannot fight back.
All changes need the support of all Ontarians – please download and sign the ODC Petition Please have friends and neighbours do the same. Return signed Petitions to: Ontario Disability Coalition 5 Skywood Drive, Richmond Hill, Ontario, L4E 4L2.