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Despite Election Promises, Ontario’s Mental Health System is ‘Not Just a Simple Fix’

People who use the system say patients often fall through cracks and only get help when it’s too late Colin Butler
CBC News
Posted: Jun 01, 2018

According to Toronto’s Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Ontario’s mental health care system is chronically underfunded to the tune of a $1.5 billion, leaving many people with few options.

After decades of navigating Ontario’s serpentine, sometimes baffling and often difficult to use mental health system, it was the courts that delivered the most help.

“At 22, it was the first time she’s actually got the help that she needed,” said Chris Moss of her daughter Kyla, who, in 2017 was charged with assault in London, Ont. after she told a cabbie she thought she would be sick in the back of his car.

Increasing Access to Financial Support Programs for People With Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Would Lead to Economic and Social Benefits

Improving financial support programs for people living with multiple sclerosis (MS) would increase their labour force participation and boost economic activity. A new Conference Board of Canada report released during MS Awareness Month finds that expanding the employment insurance (EI) sickness benefit program and making the disability tax credit (DTC) refundable would allow approximately 11,400 people to remain in or re-enter the workforce and boost economic activity by an estimated $1.1 billion annually.

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Increasing Access to Financial Support Programs for People With Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Would Lead to Economic and Social Benefits

‘There was no sympathy’: Brampton Mom Says H&M Store Discriminated Against Her Son With Autism

A Brampton mother is calling for changes in training and an apology from the retail giant H&M after an incident in which she said an employee lacked “compassion and understanding” for her son, who lives with autism.

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https://aoda.ca/there-was-no-sympathy-brampton-mom-says-hm-store-discriminated-against-her-son-with-autism/

Pacific Autism Family Network and Miriam Foundation Receive Federal Funding to Help Canadians Impacted by Autism

The movement to assist Canadians living with autism, intellectual and development disabilities, and their families gained ground today when the government of Canada announced an investment of $20 million over 5 years as part of the 2018-2019 federal budget.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/pacific-autism-family-network-and-miriam-foundation-receive-federal-funding-to-help-canadians-impacted-by-autism/

Does the Government Make It too Hard for People With Disabilities to Work?

The federal Conservatives have tabled a bill in the House of Commons that they say will help get more Canadians with disabilities into the workforce, arguing that right now, it can be more affordable for them to stay out of it.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/does-the-government-make-it-too-hard-for-people-with-disabilities-to-work/

Our Communities are Dying the Death of 1,000 Cuts

Cliche as it might be, we are killing our communities through a thousand cuts. Cuts to hospitals that once provided respite care, cuts to psychiatric services that have lowered the bar from “wellness” to “maintenance” of basic functioning, and cuts to community-based social services that make medication-delivery their primary activity.

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http://www.aoda.ca/our-communities-are-dying-the-death-of-1000-cuts/

Almost Half of Ontario Youth Miss School Because of Anxiety, Study Suggests

A survey commissioned by Children’s Mental Health Ontario suggests that children and parents miss school and work to cope with mental illness.

Shannon Nagy, 20, at the Children’s Mental Health Ontario conference. The group released findings from a study that shows one in four Ontario parents have missed work to care for their child experiencing mental health issues and anxiety.

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http://www.aoda.ca/almost-half-of-ontario-youth-miss-school-because-of-anxiety-study-suggests/

Social Robots Improving the Lives of People with Autism

Enter the social robota companion robot designed to help adults with autism navigate the social river of the workplace. The robot companion will tell essentially translate for people with autism whether or not there is sarcasm or an implied meaning, whether the person they met appears to like them or not, whether an instruction was literal or a joke, what the emotions on someone’s face convey. The idea is that this will benefit them in the workplace, but could go further into the outside world.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/social-robots-improving-the-lives-of-people-with-autism/

UN Calls for Recognizing the Rights of People with Autism to Make Their Own Decisions

Let us ensure that we make available the necessary accommodations and support to persons with autism, Secretary-General António Guterres said in his message for the Day.

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http://www.accessibilitynewsinternational.com/un-calls-for-recognizing-the-rights-of-people-with-autism-to-make-their-own-decisions/

David vs Goliath: Freedom of Information

Below you will find links to David Lepofsky’s Freedom of Information Appeal with the Ontario Government.

1. david lepofskys reply memorandum of argument on his freedom of information appeal

2. david lepofskys reply affidavit in his freedom of information appeal

3. ontario governments memorandum of argument in opposition to david lepofskys freedom of information appeal

4. ministry affidavit without appendices filed in opposition to david lepofskys freedom of information application