Help Canadian Adults living with Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities find Housing.

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Our Government is failing our Canadian Adults living with Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities across Canada with Ontario being the highest. The lack of adequate Housing and Support are causing a CRISIS in Epic Proportions.  

“More than 73,000 Ontario adults live with a developmental disability. The wait list for supported Housing in Ontario is 23 years, the highest national average. Many parents will never live to see their vulnerable adult child live in appropriate housing.”

This is the story of my son Damion, a 22 year old with Autism. #JusticeForDamion Please take the time to sign this petition.

Tonight, once again my daughter and I sadly left the hospital on my Autistic son Damion’s 250th day of being in the hospital. The last post I made was on day 113. Why is he in the hospital? Simply put...wait lists for services are too long. The mental health floor of our local hospital is simply housing him, taking up a bed, because there are such long wait lists for those Ontarian adults with developmental/intellectual disabilities in facilities such as group homes and Behavioural treatment facilities. In addition to the wait lists for respite and funding. In my opinion, mental health facilities if they haven’t already, are going to see an increase in the number of patients that have a secondary issue such as Autism, like Damion waiting for a bed to become available in the community. In May, we were told that Damion got approved and was on the top of the list for a bed in a Behavioural treatment facility and that it would take 2-3 months for a bed to come available. Then in June, I was told that it could take up to an entire year. Of course I don’t have any plans on telling him. 

Had Damion been eligible for the proper therapies such as Applied Behavioural Analysis (ABA) or Intensive Behavioural Intervention (IBI), I think he would have learned how to control his behaviours. Unfortunately when Damion was diagnosed with Autism at the age of 10, the age in Ontario for therapies being covered only went up to age 6. So, for years we used community agencies as bandaids to the behaviours, but nothing ever intense enough. 

Damion has been assessed and approved for Residential care and Respite through Developmental Services Ontario (DSO) since 2016, but has still yet to see any services.

Something has to be done to help these young adults and their families.