n 2013, the incumbent government committed to a ten-year plan for equality, making Nova Scotia fully accessible and promising they would close institutions providing community-based living supports for all persons living with disabilities by 2023. With 30 months to go, the progress thus far has been glacial.
New Disability Rights Coalition report shows Nova Scotia government is not following its own Roadmap
Halifax Examiner: Report: Nova Scotia failing to meet its commitment to de-institutionalize people with disabilities
A report issued yesterday by the Disability Rights Coalition says there remains “a mismatch” between government rhetoric on providing services to disabled adults and the frustrating reality faced by many families. Photo: Questsociety.ca
NS Advocate: Government abandoned earlier commitments to community living supports, new report charges
I remember how genuinely excited disability advocates were when in 2013 Denise Peterson-Rafuse, then minister of Community Services, announced a five-year plan to close down all large institutions for people living with physical or intellectual disabilities and provide them with the supports to live in their own communities, either in a small group home or in a place of their own. -Robert Devet
The Nova Scotia government is being accused of pushing its plans to transform services for people with disabilities to the back burner.
The Disability Rights Coalition says the 2013 roadmap in which the province committed over 10 years to more community-based services rather than institutional care has stalled.
“This systemic discrimination must be stopped. The compensation order for the complainants was particularly insulting. It is time to end segregation and discrimination against people with disabilities in Nova Scotia.” -Vicky Levack
The closure of institutions and the provision of community-based supports, which the DRC, People First and others have been pushing for years, is something which happened decades ago in the UK. Here’s a 9-minute BBC podcast which tells the story of one person who survived institutionalization and fought for his right to community living.
The recent Chronicle-Herald article by Andrew Rankin stirred strong responses from readers and disability rights advocates alike.
Legal columnist Wayne MacKay was on CBC radio to talk about the significance of Justice Ginsburg’s milestone decision that outlawed the institutionalization of people with disabilities. [audio now available]
In his Human Rights Board of Inquiry decision in March 2019 [J. Walter Thompson, QC] found “Joey Delaney (one of the complainants) is so disabled that payment to him of a very large sum will not have a greater impact on his life than a moderate sum.”