“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.”
Open letter to Minister Kelly Regan requesting pandemic pay incentives for workers supporting Nova Scotians with intellectual disabilities
“… Very few people with disabilities are appointed to Nova Scotia’s 135 Agencies, Boards and Commissions (ABCs) despite the claim that ‘The Government of Nova Scotia has an employment equity policy and we encourage people from diverse communities to apply’.” -Warren (Gus) Reed
The DRC’s appeal of its human rights claim based on the discriminatory impact of unnecessary institutionalisation and denial of meaningful access to community based options has been rescheduled.
“It is essential to attend to the health and human rights of those incarcerated in provincial jails But it is unforgivable to, at the same time, ignore those who languish in disability institutions.” -Sheila Wildeman
The DRC endorses Amnesty International’s open statement concerning the greater risks faced by persons with disabilities and other disadvantaged groups as a result of the Covid 19 pandemic.