‘What does this mean for us?’ People with developmental disabilities left out of vaccination planning

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  1. Janet

    Thank for this article. It is a long time coming. Ford and Trudeau and Kenny are ignoring the disabled calls, texts and emails.

    Changes to Medical Assisted Death C7 legislation will save the government 149M in 2021 and the Liberals did not want to give the Bill any more time for debate in HOC and ignored the pleas from the disabled. So off it went to the Senate and was expected to pass before they all jetted off around the world.

    My concerns are similar to what is stated in this article, but I will take it one step further.

    Everything that has been done and said by our PM MPs etc for the pandemic have been half measures and caused confusion in order to gas light the public and distract from the covert genocide of #vunerabmes currently underway, with the true goal of population reduction.

    We are now at the start of the 4th Industrial Revolution, meaning AI, and robotics will take over our jobs that will never fully come back from the Pandemic mass layoffs

    You will notice most funding programs currently offer by gov have been for the youth / families and leave disabled living 45% before the proverty line

    As a result the government has written people aged 30+ off as they already spoke of the dark winter to come. A winter that they caused by their actions and inactions

    Trudeau is speaking in July 2021 at the Ones Young WORLD summit, a summit of youth leaders setting the agenda for 2030 and beyond.

    So yes we need a plan for the disabled desperately and must stop the covert genocide

    • Mike Fraumeni

      Excellent article and also reply Janet, couldn’t agree more. Discrimination towards people with developmental disabilities is something so apparent in our society and our elected officials should be cognizant of this and act.

    • Louis Renaud

      There is no factual basis for saying that the true goal is population reduction nor is there any support for your statement that there is a covert genocide.

    • Susan Barnes-Parsons

      have you made the Ontario newspaper aware of this article which demonstrates, yet again, people with disabilities remain somehow invisible to the general public….there are several seniors with DD in Community Living type environments.

      Perhaps a strongly worded email to all the Ontario Health Units, who are ultimately prioritizing the distribution of the Covid vaccinations when they become available to the remaining Ontario residents, province wide.

      Susan Barnes-Parsons, sister to my 74 year old DD brother, living in Ontario.

  2. Wendy

    Can’t agree more with this. In the vulnerable group, seniors and other medical fragile people can make noises, they can speak up for themselves. People with intellectual / developmental disabilities cannot, they are quiet, they are overlooked “naturally”. At the same time, people with these disabilities don’t know / understand how to protect themselves, they actually at higher risk than most of the other people. Thank you for the article, hopefully it will make some impact on government considerations.

  3. Carrie Batt

    Thank you so much for this information.As someone immersed in the disability community both personally and professionally,this information is most valuable.

  4. Bev Evans

    Thank you for this very informative article. Without being alarmist, you have provided straight forward information. I will be sharing this with the board of EDCL which I chair on Jan 26. Do you ever present to groups by zoom who advocate for those living with disabilities.

  5. Louis Renaud

    Thanks for this viewpoint. At all levels, advocacy has been needed throughout the pandemic to include persons with developmental disabilities and those who support them.

  6. Susan Beayni

    Dear Yona and Muhammad Irfan
    As a parent of an amazing 38 year old daughter who has been labelled with a developmental disability, I commend you and appreciate you bringing this concern forward. With all the advocating we have done over the years to ensure all people are seen, heard and valued for the gifts that they bring to society, the situation we are in presently indicates that more advocacy in still needed. Thank you and well done!!!

  7. E.D

    Thanks for sharing this info. Greatly appreciated!

  8. Donna Rowen

    Thank you for your article. As a parent of a dual diagnosed developmentally disabled person living in a group setting I am extremely concerned that they are once again an invisible forgotten population. Not only are they at high risk for COVID the extreme isolation conditions they are living in exacerbates the presentation of their psychiatric symptoms.

  9. Anita Lefebvre

    Thanks for remembering people with disabilities and trying to change the order they are doing things in!!! This vaccination is of utmost importance for people’s health and well-being!!!!! I do agree that we need to make it clear that we are a priority as well!

  10. Shirlene Alveranga

    What can parents do to help protect their children with developmental disabilities & ensure they are vaccinated as a priority, as well as their caregivers, who are working hard to protect them?

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