Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)
Tayside Community Residential & Support Options

Tayside Community Residential & Support Options

May 10, 2011 10:38 ET

Media Advisory: Hundreds with developmental disabilities without services

South Eastern Ontario families, support workers appeal to province for better funding to stabilize supports

PERTH, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 10, 2011) - Waitlists for services and supports for adults and children with a developmental disability are at an all-time high in Perth, Belleville and other areas of south eastern Ontario, and must be addressed by the provincial government before more families lose hope, say area parents, Tayside Community Residential & Support Options and direct support workers.

Together, they will be holding a media conference on Wednesday, May 11, 2011 – 11:00 a.m., at a Tayside residence, 155 Gore Street East, Perth, to give an overview of the challenges faced by area families in accessing services locally.

"There are many families in our area desperate for any measure of support. It's very sad to say that the only way to get residential support is if someone in a group home dies. That's the reality of provincial underfunding. The provincial government must understand that and provide the necessary funding to stabilize existing services while increasing access to supports to the most vulnerable," says Laurie Gauthier whose 15-year-old son Cameron is one of two people in Canada with a rare condition, Marinesco-Sjogren Syndrome.

Gauthier will be joined at the media conference Monday by parents Cathie Hogan and Amy Booth, agency Executive Director David Hagerman and Annalienne Venuta, a direct support worker with Tayside Community Residential & Support Options.

Contact Information

  • Tayside Community Residential & Support Options
    David Hagerman
    Executive Director

    CUPE Communications
    Stella Yeadon