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.
"Illness is neither an indulgence for which people have to pay nor an offence for which people should be penalised. but a misfortune. The cost of which should be shared by the commmunity. " ~Aneuryn Bevan. Founder of the NHS
"I felt that no boy should have to depend either for his leg or his life upon the ability of his parents to raise enough money to bring a first-class surgeon to his bedside."
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