LONDON, ON and ST. THOMAS, ON, May 26, 2014 /CNW/ - OPSEU developmental
services workers across Ontario are taking to the sidewalk on Tuesday,
May 27, demanding dignity for people who live with intellectual
disabilities, their families and the workers who provide the services
they depend on. Frontline staff in London and St. Thomas invite all
those who support dignity in their community to join them.
WHAT: Walk for dignity
WHEN: Tuesday, May 27, 2014
TIME: 11:00 am to 12 noon
WHERE: 217 York Street, London
TIME: 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm
WHERE: City Hall (Talbot & Mondamin St)
The recent All-Party Select Committee on Developmental Services openly
acknowledged the extent of this sector's crisis in their March 2014
interim report. This committee has a mandate "to develop
recommendations on a comprehensive developmental services strategy to
address the needs of children, youth and adults in Ontario with an
intellectual disability or who are dually diagnosed with an
intellectual disability and a mental illness".
"Ontario's developmental services must be addressed during this
election. And we expect all three parties to honour the commitment they
have made," said OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas.
The Ontario Ombudsman, Andre Marin, has reported that we are failing
families. The number of complaints regarding access to quality
developmental services has skyrocketed to well over 800 in 2013-14.
Waiting lists have grown to 21,000 people.
Ontario reached a new low on May 20, 2014, with yet another parent
taking the desperate action of threatening to abandon their adult
child, this time at Ontario Deputy Minister of Community and Social
Services Marg Rappolt's office.
"No-one should have to threaten to abandon their child just to access
the services they need for them to be safe and well-cared for. There
must be a firm commitment from all three parties to properly funding
this neglected sector. It doesn't matter who wins the election," said
OPSEU Developmental Services Chair, Patti Markland. "Dignity should
not be optional."
For further information:
London: Lisa Fewster, OPSEU local 166: (519) 902-0630
St. Thomas: Steven Abdey OPSEU Local 151: (519) 494-8276
Emily Visser, OPSEU Communications: 416-557-7936