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Seeing The Unseen: Nonvisible Disability

As someone who experiences chronic pain, my appearance doesn’t always explicitly notify others I’m feeling unwell. Sometimes, this can look like me smiling through what hurts while telling those who ask, “I’m doing fine.” It can also result in a trip to the emergency room in an effort to try and overcome an incessant bout of pain


Violation of Ontario Human RIGHTS!

June 27, 2021

Ontario Human Rights Commission:

After extensive research I am learning that Ontario young adults between 20 and 64 are being denied OHIP funded services at our private Physiotherapy Clinics for the following Groups of People:

New Service Offers One-Stop Help to Connect Kids With Mental Health Care

Author of the article: Taylor Blewett
Publishing date: Jun 14, 2021

Kids’ mental health has been front of mind during the pandemic. A new service will simplify the search for mental health care in the region.

A groundbreaking new resource is available in eastern Ontario to help de-mystify and de-stress the process of finding accessible, appropriate mental health or addiction services for a child or youth in need.

Instead of scrolling for help on Google, alone at home, or repeatedly rehashing their stories to new providers only to find out they don’t qualify for a particular service, young people and their families can now phone or visit in new window/tab)

Health of Canadians With Disabilities Suffering During the Pandemic

A new study led by UBC researchers and the Ontario-based Abilities Centre is sounding the alarm over the damaging effects of COVID-19 for Canadians with disabilities.


The Disabled Doctors Not Believed by Their Colleagues

When I was 15, I described what turned out to be the neurological symptoms of mental illness to my doctor. I told him I couldn’t do schoolwork, feel the cold, or understand a book. He suggested I go on walks if I was stressed.

This breakdown in communication, in which patient and doctor seem to live in different worlds, is well-documented by disabled people. Many feel they have to translate their experience, because disability and medical structures seem incompatible.


Mental Illness is Another Pandemic in the Making

Cachelle Colquhoun, mother of four from Collingwood, Ont., is frustrated with the state of mental-health supports available to her children.

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Colquhoun has struggled to meet the needs of her nine-year-old with general anxiety disorder and attention deficit disorder and her six-year-old who has challenges with neurodiversity, including sensory disorder.


People With Disabilities Feel Impact of Crisis in LTC Homes

Nursing home outbreaks renew calls for community housing options for younger adults Moira Welsh
Toronto Star, Dec. 28, 2020

As the pandemic continues to kill elderly long-term-care residents, the virus is harming another vulnerable but overlooked group inside the same homes.

Thousands of people with developmental delays or serious mental health conditions live in Ontario nursing homes, many arriving under the age of 65 because there was nowhere else to go.

As of Nov. 30, 382 of the estimated 3,500 younger residents were infected with COVID-19, said the Ministry of Long-Term Care.

Forty-one died, the ministry said. Thirty of those who succumbed to the virus had a mental health condition such as bipolar disorder or schizophrenia and 11 had a developmental delay, such as Down syndrome.

Telehealth May Worsen Digital Divide for People With Disabilities(PWDs)

Much has been made of telehealth’s potential to bridge the accessibility gap for those who may be otherwise underserved by the healthcare systems.

But, experts said in a new paper published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association this past week, telehealth may also exacerbate inequities faced by the disability community.


Government of Ontario COVID-19 Recovery Must Address Mental Health and Addiction Crisis Warn Experts

NEWS PROVIDED BY Addictions and Mental Health Ontario

TORONTO, Oct. 6, 2020 /CNW/ – Everything is not all right, warned Ontario’s leading mental health and addiction organizations including, Addictions and Mental Health Ontario, Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario Division, the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, Children’s Mental Health Ontario, The Royal, Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences, and Waypoint Centre for Mental Health Care in a meeting with Deputy Premier and Health Minister Christine Elliott and Associate Minister of Mental Health and Addictions Michael Tibollo.

The group discussed the critical importance of embedding mental health and addiction as part of recovery efforts for the impact of COVID-19.

ODSP Recipients Calling for Help, Exploring Assisted Dying

by Cynthia Mulligan and Mahnoor Yawar
City News, Sept. 2, 2020

COVID-19 has proven itself as not an equal opportunity crisis, revealing cracks in the system that leave the most vulnerable exposed.

Low income and racialized communities have been hit the hardest, but there is another group that feels abandoned and ignored – people with disabilities.

There are fears some with disabilities are considering assisted dying as a last resort.

Kim is a recipient of Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) and says her life has been “pure hell” during the pandemic. CityNews has honoured Kim’s request not to use her last name.

“It’s like I’m being punished for being born disabled, like I committed some kind of crime,” said Kim.