Flying to Freedom: The Journey from Institutionalization in Ontario
Nearly 10 years ago, the doors of Huronia, Rideau and Southwestern Regional Centre, the last three large government-run institutions for people who have an intellectual disability, closed forever in the province of Ontario.
We know that creating and maintaining such institutions was one of the most harmful things we have done as a society. However, even though the doors of the institutions have been closed for nearly a decade, institutionalization continues.
People continue to struggle. Harmful and controlling approaches still occur, and people are sometimes required to give up their rights and liberties. Not all people are respected and welcomed citizens.
Organizations within the disability community, including survivors, People First of Ontario and the Council of Community Living Ontario, are organizing Flying to Freedom: The Journey from Institutionalization in Ontario to commemorate the closures, examine how we change attitudes and prevent people from being institutionalized, and commit ourselves to creating a fully inclusive society.