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.
During this pandemic, ethical decision making principles are more important than ever to ensure the rights of persons with disabilities are respected – in this open statement a group of experts from Australia identified six principles…
“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.
The news we are hearing about prisons in the States and elsewhere in Canada is extraordinarily grim. In response, quite a few incarcerated persons are being released. In Nova Scotia residents of institutions are not so fortunate.
Vicky Levack, 29, a resident at Arborstone Enhanced Care nursing home in Halifax, says the province must do more to protect disabled people living in institutions from the threat of COVID-19.
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.