Parents Rally Against Plans To Institutionalize Young
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
November 27, 2006
LOWER SACKVILLE, NOVA SCOTIA--A crowd of about 50 people, most of them parents of people with physical and mental disabilities, marched on the Nova Scotia legislature last week, in response to an announcement that the government would be spending $3 million to open a facility to house about two dozen young people.
"They're not going to help 25 young adults like my daughter, and particularly not my daughter," Wendy Bird told the CBC, adding that her 23-year-old daughter Terrin deserves to have a real home in the community like other young adults her age.
"Institutionalization is not the route to go," Bird said.
Mary Rothman, executive director of the Nova Scotia Association for Community Living, explained: "We already institutionalize more people than any other province or territory except for Ontario, and they are closing their institutions."
But Community Services Minister Judy Streatch said renovating the old Cobequid Multi-Service Center is "an option in our continuum".
Jennifer Gallant, a mother of a 10-year-old boy with disabilities, said of the plan: "I've had enough. My son has a wonderful life right now. He enjoys his community, his friends, his family, and quite frankly he deserves nothing less."
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