Stories sought to highlight pressures in the developmental services sector as part of election strategy

Community Living Ontario will be active in making political candidates aware of the many issues that concern people who have an intellectual or developmental disability, families and community agencies leading up the June 7th provincial election.

An election strategy will be launched in April calling for a plan of action to address the continuing crisis facing people who have an intellectual disability and their families. In particular, Community Living Ontario will be calling for the introduction of mandated services, a recommendation that was proposed by the Select Committee on Developmental Services in 2014.

If acted on, mandated services would provide people who are eligible for developmental services to be guaranteed access to the funding and supports they require -abolishing waitlists in the process.

Further, consistent with and in support of the election messages of OASIS and other partners in the Developmental Services sector, the campaign will address the underfunding of community agencies that support people who have an intellectual or development disability.

To illustrate the crisis in the sector, Community Living Ontario is seeking stories that illustrate the crisis people are facing, whether it be living in poverty, the inability to access supports in a timely manner, the waitlist for residential supports, or the lack of transition funding.

Stories can be short or long, and they should include first names, the city or town they live in, and people’s ages. A photo may also be appropriate.

Stories or questions around the campaign are to be sent to info@communitylivingontario.ca by no later than Wednesday, April 4th.

In the weeks ahead, additional details on the election campaign will be shared in Community Living Ontario’s Update Friday newsletter.