disability rights

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Petition to Stacey Daub, Hon. Dr Eric Hoskins, Kathleen Wynne, Paul Dubé, Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, Honourable Carla Qualtrough

Human Rights Should Never Be Disabled. Forced into LongTerm Care at 49, my sister with Down syndrome wants apology.

With the stroke of a pen, my disabled sister's human right to decide where she lives was wrongly taken away in 2013. In a heart-breaking move, Teresa who has Down syndrome, was "placed" against her wishes into a long-term care "nursing" home, by the Ontario health care system. Four days later, she was rescued by my 91-year old father who was "adamant" he did not want his daughter living in a nursing home. (Teresa came to live with me, her sister.) But then the nursing home called the police, in a shockingly callous and bizarre effort to force her back.   See the presentation I made with Teresa, to the Ontario Government's Select Committee in January 2014: Teresa’s story: Crisis, Capacity and Courage. The Select Committee acknowledged in their July 2014 report, “Long-term care homes are pressured to accommodate young and middle-aged people with developmental disabilities without any medical need for this type of care or any training to support this group of clients.”Since 2013, Teresa has been demanding a full apology from the Ontario government, the CCAC and the long-term care home.  UPDATE JULY 29, 2016 - Close to Victory But Not Quite There...Finally, the Ontario Government admits a mistake was made!On July 22nd, 2016 after two and half years, and after more than 26,000 people told the Ontario Government that human rights should never be disabled, the Ontario Health Minister Eric Hoskins sent this brief statement of apology to Global News: “I would like to apologize to Ms. Pocock and her family for her being placed in a seniors residence. All Ontarians deserve to be treated with respect and compassion as they navigate our system and that includes receiving care in an appropriate setting.” Will Minister Hoskins now send his apology to Teresa in writing? And will he please admit what the mistakes were so they don't keep happening? We hope so because it would show respect to Teresa for this traumatic life-changing event, and it would help to protect others. We also request that Minister Hoskins replace his misleading euphemism “seniors residence” with the accurate term, “long-term care home”, which underlines how inappropriate the placement was. Teresa, at 49, was put into a long-term care home that specializes in "dementia and palliative care". It was totally inappropriate for Teresa as she did not need that type of medical care. It was also a violation of her human rights as the BC Civil Liberties Association and seven other signatories emphasized in their July 12th letter to Minister Hoskins: BC Civil Liberties Association writes to Ontario Ministry of Health re: Violation of Teresa Pocock’s Human Rights BCCLA wrote, “We believe and support Ms. Pocock’s statements that she did not want to be put into a nursing home.” “We are gravely concerned that the government, through its actions, appears to condone the forced placement and mistreatment of developmentally-disabled adults.”The BCCLA, Canadian Association for Community Living, Inclusion BC, Plan Institute, People First of Canada, Spectrum Society for Community Living, Vickie Cammack, and Al Etmanski have all joined together to send a clear message to the Ontario Government: Teresa Pocock’s forced admission to an Ontario long-term care home violated her human rights. The BCCLA letter prompted Christina Stevens, Global News to do a two-part series. Stevens pressed Minister Hoskins for the apology on television. Watch: "More than 2,900 Ontarians with developmental disabilities live in long-term care facilities"  Global's coverage shows that Teresa is just the tip of the iceberg -- and the government has known about this systemic problem for years.  We ask the Ministry of Health to acknowledge the mistakes that were made in wrongly declaring Teresa incapable and putting her into long-term care against her will. We ask the Ontario Ministry of Health to correct their report to reflect the errors that occurred in Teresa’s case.  By signing this petition you can help Teresa get an apology for the harm done to her -- even to this day, two and a half years later she talks about "danger day". We need a full apology from the Ontario government because this is not just about one person -- it's about standing up for and protecting the human rights of all people with disabilities.  The truth is that if we had not rescued Teresa from the nursing home, she would have been living in an institution -- with no right to choose otherwise -- for the rest of her life. How could this happen in Canada? That's what Teresa and her supporters want to know.  Teresa is not the only one being hurt. Thousands of developmentally disabled people are routinely being forced into inappropriate "care" across Canada and the USA. This is wrong. And it is having a catastrophic effect on the lives of so many people like Teresa.  We need to stand strong to protect the rights of developmentally disabled people. Please sign Teresa's petition, because human rights should never be disabled. Thank you in advance for your support! P.S. Please further help Teresa by tweeting this petition #DisabilityRights Related Stories: 2016 - More than 2,900 Ontarians with developmental disabilities live in long-term care facilities 2016 - Ontario woman forced into long-term care wants apology from provincial government 2016 - BC Civil Liberties Association writes to Ontario Ministry of Health re: Violation of Teresa Pocock’s Human Rights 2016 - Teresa's Book Launch and Art-show: "Pretty Amazing: How I Found Myself in the Downtown Eastside" 2016 - Artist with Down syndrome written off as ‘incapable’ blooms in the Downtown Eastside 2016 - South Dakota Wrongly Puts Thousands in Nursing Homes, Government Says 2016 - Institution Watch: "Human Rights Should Never Be Disabled" by Franke James Institution Watch Spring 2016 Newsletter 2016 - Family Support Institute of BC: Human Rights Should Never Be Disabled - Nowhere Else to Go: 2007 / Toronto Star   Disabled Forced into Nursing Homes "In 1987, The Arc of Illinois filed a class action lawsuit on behalf of individuals with developmental disabilities forced into nursing homes who did not require nursing home care."   To learn more about Teresa, please visit      

Franke James
26,103 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Google Inc., Brian McClendon (Vice President of Google Maps), Alan Eustace (Senior VP of Knowledge), Eric Schmidt (Executive Chairman, Google)

Google Maps: Help people with mobility challenges. Make your maps accessible!

Multiple sclerosis landed me in a wheelchair in 2006. Suddenly a too-narrow door, or one step outside of a restaurant turned the daily activities I had always taken for granted into huge obstacles. When most people plan to go to a restaurant they don't have to worry about whether they'll actually be able to get in the door to meet their friends, or whether they'll be able to get into a bathroom stall. Many of us just choose stay home rather than face these challenges - there's got to be a better way. Google Maps has the ability to help people with disabilities across the world. Currently Google Maps has different options -- you can add traffic info, bike info or weather info to your maps. People with mobility challenges like me need Google Maps to include an accessibility option so that we are able to find out in advance which buildings, transit stations etc. are accessible to us or not! No one wants to discriminate, but accessibility isn't something most people have to think about ever, thankfully. Most of the time I just need to point out why something is inaccessible for people in wheelchairs and people spring into action. I'm hoping that's the case with Google. After all, their motto is: don't be evil.  Google already designs their products to be accessible for blind and deaf people, so we know they already care about accessibility.  When I first lost the ability to walk, I felt invisible. I had been an industrial millwright mechanic for 30 years and suddenly couldn't do that anymore. But I decided to see my disability as a new challenge. I went back to college to study Community and Justice Services, and I developed a passion for helping others.  I started this because I know that not only would an accessibility feature on Google Maps change the daily lives of people with disabilities around the world, but more importantly, it would be saying that people with accessibility challenges matter too.  Sign my petition and spread the word! Thanks, Randy McNeil ___ There are two ways this should happen that would be easy for Google!  1) Work with other map aps that are working on mapping accessibility. There are a couple map programs that I know of already. They are excellent, but Google has the ability to reach the whole world. One solution could be for Google to work with aps like Axsmap, Wheelmap or and Planat and integrate their data into google maps. Everyone would benefit.  2) Include an "accessibility" review on Google+ so that when people click on a location on Google maps they are able to look up or contribute to an accessibility review. This could be useful for people with different challenges. For example, the fact that a restaurant has a ramp outside and also a menu in braille could be listed.

Randy McNeil McNeil
32,682 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Upper Canada Mall

Get Physically Disabled Children, Adults/Seniors off the Upper Canada Mall Floor!

Hi, I'm writing to you for your support in seeing the Upper Canada Mall provide a washroom for children, adults and seniors with severe physical disabilities. With a $60 million renovation, it would be such a great, innovative yet basic accommodation to add. Children, adults and seniors who visit the Upper Canada Mall or any mall and need to use the washroom must be physically lifted from their wheelchair and be laid on the floor near toilets and the garbage inorder to be changed.  This type of activity is happening everyday.  In 2018, does this seem fair?  Does this bother you? Does it shock you? I'm one of many who does this when I support someone at the mall. It is really unfair, unhygienic, unsafe and not dignified. If you agree, please sign your name in support of having a proper washroom with a adult change table and lift.  Just to give you an idea, please check out changingplaces on youtube for an example.   Currently, there are over 1000 in the UK!  Why not here?  Its not hard....just a widening of our minds.  We all need to make @uppercanadamall realize what they could start in York Region. We can do this!  What a great addition it would be to our region.  It would put UCM on the map for sure and how proud they could be to meet the needs of the physically disabled shopper. There are over 13,000 people in York Region who are in wheelchairs and ride the local transit. What great business sense to make a large indoor, cultural and social building inviting and truly accessible. Way to go Stouffville, ON for having the Accessible Washroom Trailer for spring, summer and fall outdoor events!  Check it out!  Made by Innovative Trailer Designs in Canada/USA.  

People With Disabilities
25,740 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Great Wolf Lodge Resorts, Centerbridge Partners

Make the great Wolf Lodge waterpark handicapped accessible

  I started this petition Asking Great wolf lodge resorts to make their main attraction the waterpark at the resorts wheelchair accessible. It is part of my New Year’s resolution. Great Wolf Resorts is a chain of indoor water parks Throughout Canada and the United States of America. The company owns and operates its family resorts under the Great Wolf Lodge brand.In addition to a water park, each resort features specialty restaurants, arcades, spas, fitness rooms, and children’s activity areas including Yoga and bowling.The resorts claim to be a family oriented water park where the “Family fun never ends“ It has always frustrated me that Great wolf lodge has a waterpark that is not accessible. I Remember going there several times as a child with my family and feeling left out it was a constant reminder of the things I could not do and things I find difficult. All areas of their resorts are handicapped accessible except for their water park their main advertised attraction I find this not only horrible but it is also extremely discriminatory to those with physical disabilities. I went to great Wolf Lodge for a Grade 8 graduation trip several years ago. if the Waterpark had been accessible I would have been able to participate with my class more independently, instead I had to rely on classmates to carry me up three flights of stairs to enjoy the water slides that are featured at the waterpark. This was not only humiliating but it was also a reminder that this world is not designed for those “who are differently abled“ “we live in an able-bodied world. I want to make sure that no man, woman, or child ever experience the feeling that I did going to great Wolf Lodge. Businesses will try to convince the public, the government, and anybody who listen that they simply can’t afford making their Business accessible to those who are Differently abled is not worth it because it’s too expensive and it will affect their bottom line too much. I am sure great Wolf Lodge resort will make the same argument. Nothing could be further from the truth One in 7 Canadians are physically disabled that number is expected to jump to 1 in five Canadians by 2020. Let me explain it to you like this … Increased profits.If someone said they could increase your profits you would be sure to listen to their idea, would you not ? So, here’s one… Make your business more accessible! In the UK, it is thought that some seven million people of working age have a disability, which adds up to an awful lot of spending power. This is known as the "purple pound" and is reckoned to be worth around £249bn to the economy!If you want a slice of that, it is up for grabs! All you need to do is make sure that the people who want to spend their money can come into your stores or access your services! Even more profitsYes there is even more money up for grabs than just that £249bn! It is estimated that 1 in 20 children in the UK are disabled. That means 1 in 20 families need better access so they can visit your business and use your services. If the child can’t visit you, neither can the parents or siblings, and we all know it’s the parents who hold the purse strings but the children who get them to spend the money.It is also true that there are not too many wheelchair accessible water parks in Canada or the United States. Giving Great Wolf resorts a huge advantage over the competition, because it will be Tapping into a huge un competitive market. there is an old saying “build it and they will come let us show great wolf lodge that making their water parks accessible is not only the right thing to do but it is a smart business move and should be done sooner rather than later. it is 2018 let us show Great wolf lodge that we will no longer tolerate places that are not accessible to people of all abilities. Please sign and share my petition today thank you Benjamin williamson    

Benjamin Williamson
141 supporters