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More Students Join Class Action by Mental Health Coalition against Stanford University

Three more students have joined a precedent-setting class action brought by Disability Rights Advocates (DRA) against Stanford University for violating the rights of students with mental health disabilities.

The lawsuit alleges that Stanford routinely responds to student mental health crises by barring students from campus and evicting them from on-campus housing, violating disability laws.


Mentally Disabled Win Class Status Over Loss of Services at Age 18 in Ontario

By Colin Perkel
The Canadian Press, December 14, 2018

TORONTO A lawsuit alleging the Ontario government has been arbitrarily making thousands of mentally disabled people wait indefinitely for provincial government supports after they turn 18 was certified as a class action on Friday.

In his decision, Superior Court Justice Edward Belobaba agreed the plaintiff had made a strong enough case to allow the as-yet untested claim to proceed to trial on its merits.

“The plaintiff’s complaint is not about inadequate funding or the need for a greater allocation of governmental resources but about the negligent utilization and administration of existing resources,” Belobaba wrote in his decision.

Gretzky Bill Targets Supports for Adult Children With Disabilities

Windsor West MPP Gretzky confident her proposed legislation will be passed
Graphic: / Lisa Gretzky; Dan Janisse / Michelle Helou, left, with son Noah, and Mary Beth Rocheleau with son Gregory, at a news conference Friday where MPP Lisa Gretzky talked about her new private member’s bill – Noah and Gregory’s Law – that seeks to eliminate wait times for those with developmental disabilities.;

When Windsor’s Gregory Rocheleau turned 18 last month, there was cake and a celebration – but his passage into adulthood also triggered behind-the-scenes tears and panic for his single-parent mom.

“Deep down inside, I was very sad. I felt overwhelmed,” said Mary Beth Rocheleau.

Ontario Dad Says Program for Kids With Disabilities Has Run Out of Cash for the Year

Paula Duhatschek · CBC News · Posted: Nov 01, 2018

Mike Moffatt is pictured with his son, Mats. Moffatt says he applied in February to get help for his son through a provincial program called Special Services at Home. He was told this week that he wouldn’t be able to get help until at least next April. (Submitted)

An Ontario dad is calling on the government to “be honest with parents” after he says he was told this week that a provincial program for children with disabilities had run out of cash for the year.

Mike Moffatt’s three-year-old son, Mats, has autism. In February this year, Moffatt applied for funding through the province’s Special Services at Home (SSAH) program to help pay for home modifications and other supports.

It’s Been Revealed That Canadians Diagnosed With Mental Health Issues Are Put On A List That Is Shared With The FBI And US Border Patrol

In the past five years, Canada has made tremendous strides in the fight to reduce the stigma surrounding mental health. The #BellLetsTalk campaign has been at the forefront, considering the campaign routinely grabs the world’s attention using a single hashtag to raise money for mental health initiatives.

While the stigma may not be as prevalent as it was a decade ago, what has recently been discovered when it comes to Canadians with mental illnesses trying to cross the border is the harsh reality that the stigma is still very much alive.


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U of T Approves Policy That Could Place Students With Mental Health Issues on Leave

Policy has been criticized by student groups as well as the Ontario Human Rights Commission


Generation Z: Waiting – Often Months – to Get Mental Health Help

Shailee Korrane was still in high school when she had her first panic attack.

Eventually, she decided to seek help. “I was obviously very afraid,” she tells Global News. “It was actually a friend who was diagnosed with bipolar disorder who kind of sat me down and said, ‘I’m really worried about your health and you remind me of me before I sought care.'”


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.


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