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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

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 5, 2016
QUEENS PARK

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.’