Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)
Community Living Essex County

Community Living Windsor

March 23, 2011 13:50 ET

CUPE-Media Advisory: Hundreds of Adults With Developmental Disabilities Without Services

Windsor-Essex County Families Appeal to Finance Minister for Better Funding in Next Week's Budget

WINDSOR, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 23, 2011) - The need for quality community supports for persons who have a developmental disability is so great in Windsor-Essex County that area families are appealing directly to Windsor MPP and Ontario Finance Minister Dwight Duncan to fund increased access to services and supports and get hundreds off waitlists in next week's budget.

Waitlists for services and supports for persons with a developmental disability are at an all-time high across the province and must be addressed, say Windsor-Essex County parents, agencies and direct support workers. Together, they will be holding a media conference on Thursday, March 24, 2011 (10:30 a.m.) at Community Living Essex County, 372 Talbot Street North, Essex, to give an overview of the challenges faced by families in accessing services locally.

"Our message to the province is a simple one: If you believe that every Ontarian has a right to be an active participant in our communities, you, as the finance minister, have to provide the necessary funding for supports to the most vulnerable to let that happen," says Bruce Awad who has a daughter receiving supports through Community Living Essex County.

Media conference participants include:

Bruce Awad (Parent of a daughter receiving supports)
Lisa Raffoul (Parent/community advocate)
Xavier Noordermeer Community Living Windsor
Nancy Wallace-Gero Community Living Essex County
Charlotte O'Neil, Srila Perine Direct Support Workers

Contact Information

  • Community Living Essex County
    Tony DeSantis
    Community Relations
    (519) 776-6483 x246