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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.


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

Many Ontarians With Mental-Health Issues Must Choose Between Food and Meds

Most must pay out of pocket for their prescription drugs. Not all of them can afford to.

Dr. Kwame McKenzie, CEO of the Wellesley Institute, says Ontario could be “doing so much more” for mental health.

Theresa Schrader, seen here in this 2012 photo, says she stopped taking her mental health medication when she lost her job, and her employer-provided drug coverage. By Peter GoffinStaff Reporter
Fri., Dec. 30, 2016

When her medication got too expensive, Theresa Schrader just stopped taking it.

Schrader has anxiety, Type II bipolar disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. She’s also struggled with addiction and takes medicine for diabetes and blood pressure.

How to Get Help for Mental Illness in Ontario

Coping with mental illness is one thing. Navigating the health-care system is another.

Keith Bundock suffers from chronic depression and sought help after a suicide attempt left him in the hospital. By Lauren PelleyStaff Reporter
Sun., Dec. 11, 2016

Keith Bundock isnt sure when his life started falling apart.

He mightve been 35, or maybe 40. During that time, his marriage was breaking down and his church was closing up. His support network was suddenly gone, and he was having odd, unsettling feelings of fogginess and confusion.

Even stranger, though, was that Bundock often didnt feel much at all.

It wasnt until a suicide attempt left him in a psychiatric ward that the east-end resident learned what was really going on: He was coping with severe chronic depression.

PC Bill Defending Stroke Patients Set to Become Law

December 5, 2016

Today, the Ontario Legislature unanimously passed Bill 9, which improves access to physiotherapy for post stroke recovery patients regardless of age in Ontario.

Bill 9 calls on the Minister of Health and Long-Term Care to oversee and promote an evidence-based approach to the provision of physiotherapy services for post-stroke recovery patients of all ages. The legislation also places the control of stroke treatment into the hands of physicians, where it belongs.

MPP Lorne Coe noted that This is an important day for those recovering stroke victims in Ontario who are falling through the cracks. We want you to know that your voices have been heard.’

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Report Finds ‘Significant’ Gaps in Ontario Healthcare

A new report finds that there is significant gaps to access Ontarios public health care system for certain groups By Laura BeestonStaff Reporter.
Thu., Oct. 13, 2016

Dr. Joshua Tepper, one of the lead authors of The Health Quality Ontario report, in his downtown office. The report found Ontario’s health public health system has “significant gaps” in care, and the inequalities are based on income, geography and education.

Mary and Brian Lewis on the front porch of their Hamilton, Ont. home on Oct. 12, 2016. The couple must pay over $600 monthly out of pocket for Brian’s prescriptions he needs following a stroke.

Parents Say Ontario government Misled Them Over Autism Funding

by Roshni Murthy and Stella Acquisto
Posted Sep 16, 2016 2016 at 8:30 am EDT

Parents of children with autism protested for hours outside the office of the Minister of Children and Youth Services on Friday, saying they were misled by the Ontario government.

They wanted an apology after learning the province did not take the advice of an expert panel when it came to treating children with autism.

In April, the Liberal government faced heavy criticism for its decision to only provide Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI) to children under five years old. Children over five would not qualify for the treatment.

The Liberal government and the Ministry of Children and Youth Services, then led by MPP Tracy MacCharles, credited their decision to the expert advice of a panel.

Expert Panel was Dismayed by Liberals’ Plan to Put Age Cap on Autism Services

In a letter last spring, expert advisers said autism program was premature and not in keeping with its recommendations

Parents like Jessica Perusco of Mississauga, whose daughter Lucia, right, turned five in July, are “still in a state of uncertainty.” Lucia started IBI in May but Perusco says because of her age, it’s unclear how long the therapy will continue. By Andrea GordonEducation Reporter
Wed., Sept. 14, 2016

The province stood firmly behind its controversial plan to stop funding intensive autism treatment for children five and older last spring even as its own expert advisory panel cautioned the move would be detrimental to vulnerable kids.

Watchdog Hammers Ontario’s ‘Hands-Off Stance’ with Adults with Autism, Down Syndrome

In his long-awaited report, Paul Dubé said he found a fragmented, overly complicated system of service agencies and funding programs, and a baffling lack of flexibility from officials at the top.

Ontario Ombudsman Paul Dubé’s hard-hitting report, called Nowhere to Turn and based on more than 1,400 complaints from families, includes 60 recommendations. Hamilton Spectator
By Andrea Gordon and Laurie Monsebraaten

Queen’s Park must fix its “deeply flawed” developmental services system to ensure Ontario’s most vulnerable people in crisis are no longer left to languish in hospitals, nursing homes, homeless shelters and jails, the province’s Ombudsman said Wednesday.

In his long-awaited report, Paul Dubé said he found “a fragmented, overly complicated system of service agencies and funding programs, and a baffling lack of flexibility from officials at the top.”