York Student’s Letter Tells A Story

Though my time with staff and the members in which you support was brief, it taught me a lot about myself. If l am honest, when I initially heard that my placement was with adults with disabilities it brought back to past memories from my childhood. As a child with a physical disability, I was hesitant to associate myself with others who were also disabled because I did not want to be reminded of my own disability or be attached to the social stigma given to those with disabilities over the years that is what I ran away from. However, throughout my community placement, I was forced to face my own biases about disability, especially, disabilities different than my own. Despite knowing, that disabled people want to be treated with respect, integrity, and kindness like the ‘average person’ I spoke/speak those words from a personal place relying only on my experience alone. My time at BCCL enabled me to see what it truly means to treat everyone equally and allowed me to overcome my fear of being around or associated with others with disabilities. For that, I will be forever grateful. What I have learned during my time with everyone will not only make me a better person but a better educator.

PowerofONE Project Approved for Funding

Through the support of Brampton Caledon Community Living, Broadening Horizons’ PowerofONE project has received an Ontario Trillium Foundation-Youth Opportunities Fund grant. The PowerofONE project uses art to discuss bullying and discrimination in our communities, with a focus on healing and sharing resources. The grant will assist the project to hire new staff and increase its impact in the co  mmunity.  www.broadeninghorizons.ca

Law Commission of Ontario’s Final Report on Legal Capacity, Decision-making and Guardianship

The Law Commission of Ontario’s Final Report recommends a comprehensive plan to reform Ontario’s laws and policies regarding powers of attorney, guardianship and health care consent.  This project responds to public concerns regarding misuse of powers of attorney, elder abuse, excessive intervention in the lives of persons who have disabilities to make independent decisions, barriers to access to justice, and the widespread lack of understanding about Ontario’s complex laws in this area.

According to LCO Board Chair Bruce Elman, “The LCO’s report is the most comprehensive analysis of Ontario’s laws in this area in almost thirty years.  Legal capacity, decision-making and guardianship laws affect tens of thousands of Ontarians every day, whether as individuals who can’t make decisions independently, as family members, or as professionals.  We believe the LCO’s recommendations will make the law more effective, more responsive, and more accessible.”

This project has been the most extensive in the LCO’s history. The LCO has received advice and support from an expert Advisory Committee and more than 800 individuals and institutions over a two year period.  The report’s 58 recommendations include proposals that would:

  • Reduce abuse of vulnerable individuals, including elder abuse;
  • Reduce misuse and abuse of powers of attorney though better education, transparency and monitoring;
  • Create more options for Ontarians who need support to make decisions independently;
  • Strengthen the legal rights of many vulnerable Ontarians;
  • Improve access to justice for individuals, families, and others; and,
  • Improve supports for individuals, families, professionals, institutions and many others

To read the report click the link below