Thursday, April 2, 2015

Paying a working wage and Ontario Disability Support Program

Whether we are talking about Personal Support Workers, or the developmentally disabl
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ed, we need to be paying a working wage. In Ontario, minimum wage goes up to $11.25 in the fall.
In the mean time, people on ODSP believe they are not allowed to work. This isn't the case.

Keenan Wellar writes eloquently about this.

“They will have real work for real value” or “How can we begin the end of sheltered workshops for a better society for all?”

The recent media attention (see Ottawa Citizen articles 1-2-3-4 by Chris Cobb and an editorial) given to the pending closure of the OCAPDD sheltered workshop at Tunney’s Pasture in Ottawa exposed the general public to a hidden world that has been right in their backyard (and in the backyard of many communities across Ontario).
[Many think] paid employment is not an option because their ODSP (Ontario Disability Support Program) will be taken away. Totally, utterly, false. ... It took about ten years after the ODSP system changed in the 1990s to convince job-seekers that they would not lose their benefits. 

It’s World Down Syndrome Day: Let’s Change The World, Let’s Start Right Here In Ottawa!


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