disability rights

22 petitions

Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Justin Trudeau, Doug Ford, Mike Schreiner, Lisa Macleod, Natalia Kusendova

Help stop the cuts to Ontario Disability.

Recently, Minister Lisa MacLeod, thought it a good idea to cut a promised 3% increase to Ontario Works (OW) and Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP), to 1.5%...but at the same time, they want to also cut much needed benefits such as Service Dog assistance, and more. Their goal? To get more people off OW and ODSP, and get them out working real jobs.  It’s all fine and good to want to help, able bodied people on Ontario Works find a job and get off assistance but, many of us on disability benefits didn’t choose to be disabled, it was forced on us by life. We don’t have the luxury of making, more a month than we know what to do with because we’re too busy deciding what to do without, just to survive on the already insufficient amount we get.  Cutting our money and benefits, means saving money, sure...but may also increase suicide rates, higher need of medical professionals, more medications for those already on meds. It means less food, crappier living spaces, medications we can’t afford that could help us. It means us, needing to struggle every day, just to make ends meet...that don’t meet. All just to give us the strength to make more, out of less. We’re Disabled...not magicians! The Service Dog Benefit is a whole $79 a month...barely enough for food...but to us that’s a lot. And we already have to fight and get a lawyer, just to get that. Now they want to cut that. Our dogs are our lifelines...many of us can’t function without them.  Our dogs are our eyes. Our dogs are an extension of our arms. Our dogs are who keep us sane, when all we want to do is curl in a ball, and die. Our dogs are not something they can cut, because they decide, that they wanna save money somewhere. We don’t need less...we need more. More money to help the Disabled people’s. More medications covered under the benefits. More assistance that, doesn’t require the need of a lawyer, just to be heard. More voices fighting for, and understanding us and our needs, that aren’t just trying to line their pockets. We need more people who understand that, while Ontario Works and Ontario Disability both help people, one group has a choice while the other, us, do not. We can’t get normal jobs. We can’t go out and do normal things. We can’t BE normal, no matter how much you push or encourage us. We can’t fit a mold you want to squash us into, without thinking of the repercussions of your actions. We need more!! Stop hurting us more.......We’re disabled, life’s already hurting us enough!!

Crystal Barnard
12,480 supporters
Update posted 4 months ago

Petition to Government of Ontario

Address the gaps in funding and support for people with intellectual disabilities.

Community Living Ontario and an ever-growing number of allies call on the next Government of Ontario to do a better job of supporting people who have an intellectual or developmental disability, their families, and the community organizations that assist them. We ask for a plan, built in partnership with the Ontarians for whom this matters most, within six months of forming government. Why is a provincial plan of action so important? Because Ontario is in crisis mode: Children lose funding for supports for no other reason than turning 18. They must reapply for funding as adults with no guarantee of when or how much they will receive. The waitlist for adult support is anticipated to reach 11,000 this year. Adults can wait more than 20 years for a home of their own. The waitlist for residential services is currently over 10,000. 73% of working-age adults who have an intellectual or developmental disability who live on their own are living in poverty, compared to 23% of people the same age who do not have a disability. Community agencies that support people who have an intellectual or developmental disability are severely underfunded. Should people who have an intellectual disability be treated in this way? We call on the next government to develop a plan of action in partnership with community stakeholders to implement solutions for people who have an intellectual or developmental disability. This plan is urgent and must: MANDATE services and supports so regardless of where a person lives in Ontario or the government of the day, people who have an intellectual disability can get what is required to participate fully in the community. END the cycle of poverty among people who have an intellectual or developmental disability. END the waitlists for residential supports. END the waitlists for child and adult funding supports. PROVIDE transition funding to adulthood. PROVIDE more operational funding to community agencies to ensure people receive needed supports. Please join us by signing and sharing the #NotInMyOntario petition today. Thank you in advance for voicing your concern for Ontarians with an intellectual or developmental disability.

Community Living Ontario
14,949 supporters
This petition won 2 years ago

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
26,098 supporters