March 27, 2014 10:40 ET
OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - March 27, 2014) - On Friday, March 28, a coalition of development services activists will hold a rally to protest inadequate funding for local developmental services by the Ministry of Community and Social Services.
Across the province, program cutbacks, staff layoffs, and long waitlists are having an appalling effect on the quality of life for adults with developmental disabilities, say activists.
In Ottawa-Carleton alone, there are 2,181 people on waitlists for day programmes and 992 people waiting for residential placements. These numbers do not include people who need supports and services, but have not registered with local service agencies.
Media are invited to Friday's rally to hear the experiences of the families of adults with developmental disabilities and frontline workers supporting individuals in the face of programme cutbacks, layoffs and services reductions. The event has been organized by Local 1521 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE).
CUPE Local 1521Jenna StamplicoskiVice-President613-601-9115CUPE National RepresentativeNathalie Stringer613-237-0115 ext. 415Communications RepresentativeMary Unan905-739-3999, ext. 240 or 416-206-5609
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