Ontario Works and ODSP recipients are eligible for emergency benefits for COVID-19 related expenses. This funding, available upon request, can be used to meet a broad range of needs, including cleaning supplies, transportation, food or clothing that individuals and families may require due to COVID-19. Recipients can access emergency benefits by calling their caseworker. Emergency benefits for COVID-19 related expenses are the same for both programs: up to $100 for single individuals and up to $200 for families.
“It is imperative that the Government of Canada urgently address the unique vulnerabilities of people with disabilities and their families during the COVID-19 crisis. People with disabilities represent 22% of the Canadian population. Many are at extreme risk and require additional support to ensure their health and safety at this time.”
Local Love, a community guide powered by United Way, published this week an article by CILT consumer Aaron Broverman. “The surprising truth about having a baby when you’re disabled” addresses the various challenges that people with disabilities face during pregnancy. Parenting with a Disability Network (PDN) and Rebecca Wood (PDN Coordinator) are referenced in this piece as an important resource for prospective parents with disabilities.
The Metrolinx Universal Design Team has designed a survey to collect feedback from customers with disabilities or others who may require accessible services. Metrolinx wants to better understand customers’ experience on GO Transit to improve services and to stay informed about the accessibility planning process.
The survey takes about 15 minutes to complete (longer with a screen reader).
If you can’t open the GO Accessibility Survey link, please copy and paste the following link into your browser: https://survey.euro.confirmit.com/wix/p1869644333.aspx?l=9&svt=D4W6
MOTOmed is an exercise bike designed to assist people with arm and leg mobility. Each session lasts half hour.
Location: 2398 Yonge Street, Anne Johnston Health Station site
For more information and to book an appointment contact Anne Crasto at 416-489-8666 ext. 263
Abuse Hotline created for people labelled with intellectual disabilities living in Ontario.
According to the Ministry, “Each call will be investigated and the appropriate action will be taken”
*Please note that this new line is in no way a substitute for situations where a 911 call is required*
There are several ways to report abuse:
Toll Free: 1-844-309-1025
People with disabilities who need attendant services face extremely long waiting times to get those services, especially if they wish to self-manage their service through Direct Funding.
People who have Direct Funding have also raised some issues they would like to have addressed.
CWDO’s Attendant Service Quality Committee (ASQC) has developed a survey get more information. Your responses will help the committee to have more accurate, up-to-date information to inform their proposals to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.