SOURCE: Spinal Cord Injury Ontario

Spinal Cord Injury Ontario

January 17, 2014 16:52 ET

Media Advisory

TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - January 17, 2014) - Over 5,000 people with physical disabilities who need help to bathe, eat or perform daily tasks are on waiting lists to receive appropriate attendant services in Ontario. Listen to experts in the field and users of the service give their opinions about challenges and opportunities regarding the services available throughout Ontario.

Who: The Honourable David C. Onley, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, Barbara Hall, Chief Commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission; Dr. Keith Hayes, Future Care Planner, Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation; Peter Athanasopoulos, Spinal Cord Injury Ontario; Sandra Carpenter, Centre for Independent Living in Toronto; Sherol Cordner, Spinal Cord Injury Ontario; Nick Gurevich, Ontario Rehab Alliance; Anita Kaiser, Consumer; Sakina Sadikot, Consumer; Bonnie Smith, University Health Network; Mary Ann McColl, Spinal Cord Injury Ontario and Jim Vigmond, Personal Injury Alliance
What: A live event for 40+ people and a webinar for over 300 people. The keynote address will be presented by the Honourable David Onley focusing on his personal experiences with attendant services and their importance. After His Honour speaks, a separate panel of experts will speak to the subject, followed by a question and answer period. This event is in partnership with the Personal Injury Alliance.
When: January 20th, 2014 @ 9:45am - 12:00pm
Where: The MaRS Centre, 101 College Street, Toronto, Ontario in the lower concourseauditorium.
Why: Over 600 Ontarians sustain a spinal cord injury each year. Some of those people will never make it home due to lack of available support for daily living activities. Their reality may be an extended stay in hospital (at $42,000/month) until attendant services do become available. Or they may be sent to long-term care regardless of what age they are. Or they may go home with limited support, (two hours at $2,250/month) which sadly often will result in trips to emergency rooms to assist with something relatively simple like catheterization. How do we get the 5,000 people waiting for appropriate service the support they need? Creative thought and hard solutions are the desired outcomes of the day.
Photo Ops: Available with all speakers listed above including His Honour David Onley, however, His Honour is only available 9:50-10:00 and at 10:20 when he leaves the event.

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