The DRC is advocating for emergency planning and relief supports on behalf of people with disabilities in institutional settings, such as RRCs, ARCs, RCFs, and the East Coast Forensic Hospital, who are capable and wish to leave the institutions. In response to Covid 19, to reduce the risk of infection, persons with disabilities need to be provided with supports and services to move to community based settings on an urgent basis.
One of the many health protection measures taken by the Nova Scotia government has been the ban on visitors for people with disabilities residing in institutions and small options homes.
Hearings of the Nova Scotia Court of Appeal have been adjourned indefinitely due to the Covid 19 pandemic, with the exception of those that are essential.
These are challenging days for everyone but particularly for vulnerable people and their families. As the corona virus spreads and more and more people practice social distancing, many will lose their community connections and will become even more isolated in their homes.
People with disabilities including many members of the Disability Rights Coalition are still waiting to hear from the Premier in response to the April 2019 letter regarding the human rights crisis.
Fri Nov 29th: The Dalhousie University Health Law Institute is presenting a free lecture by Linda Steele, Faculty of Law, University of Technology, Sydney Australia
NOTE: This hearing was interrupted last week due to an illness. It is now set to resume on Monday, September 16 at 1:00pm at a NEW location – Park Lane:
5657 Spring Garden Road
Park Lane Terrace
3rd Fl., Suite 305
The Disability Rights Coalition has filed an appeal of the March 4, 2019 Board of Inquiry Decision which dismissed the DRC’s complaint. The DRC complaint addressed the discriminatory impact of the Province’s policies and practices that have resulted in the unnecessary institutionalization of hundreds of people with disabilities, and a growing delay in obtaining supports and services to live in the community for other people with disabilities – currently numbering over 1500 people.
There is an opportunity to participate in an online survey to seek input on barriers to accessibility in education and the built environment.
As many of you have likely heard, Joanne Larade passed away last week, just one day after moderating No More Warehousing’s ‘Celebrating Mothers’ event. Joanne was a very passionate, outgoing disability rights advocate with lots of optimism and life. We are so saddened by her sudden passing.