Equitable Access to Care Now!
COVID-19 continues to be an extremely confusing and stressful time for everyone.
Family Alliance Ontario has brought a number of issues forward to the government of Ontario identifying the inequities families are facing during this pandemic.
THANK YOU to all who signed on to the campaign. While it did raise awareness, and visitor restrictions are being relaxed, there still has been no recognition of an essential support person. This campaign helped bring about a motion which was tabled in the Ontario Legislature on July 20, 2020 and subsequently a petition was started. Please add your name to that petition.
We are looking at how Family Alliance Ontario can continue to exert pressure.
This page will be updated as we move forward in the coming weeks. For now, we trust that the resources will help you in the absence of that clear distinction between an essential support person and a regular visitor.
While our contacting your representative campaign has ended for now, you can still sign up to learn more. Click here
Surrey Place Developmental Disabilities Primary Care Program has useful information and some specific tools you may find helpful in navigating through a locked-down care system;
On January 13, the government sent the newest version of the Triage Protocol to hospitals. The AODA Alliance raised the alarm. In a letter to the gov’t they wrote: “Please prevent the serious and imminent risk that under your Government’s written directions, Ontarians with disabilities risk being subjected to disability discrimination when they seek access to life-saving critical medical care during the COVID pandemic, if hospitals must ration or triage critical care. ”
Family Alliance Ontario joined with Ontario Disability Coalition to issue a press release.
For this reason, it is even more important to make sure that your loved one has their essential support person with them as they access care in this uncertain time. The Federal Response and the Minister of Health Response may be useful documents to have with you as you advocate for your loved one to have access to an essential support person.