Incapacity Rights Coalition desires to see Nova Scotia be extra inclusive – Halifax

In 2013, the incumbent government committed to a ten-year plan for equality that made Nova Scotia fully accessible and pledged to close facilities that provide community life support to all people with disabilities by 2023.

30 months before the end, the progress made so far was Ice Age. The Disability Rights Coalition doubts the government’s promise will be fulfilled.

The Democratic Republic of the Congo conducted a month-long accountability review of government progress on the Roadmap for Inclusive Communities for People with Disabilities.

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“I wouldn’t say we were surprised, but we were shocked and disappointed at the extent to which the government has failed to meet its commitments,” said Claire McNeil, legal advisor for the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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In 2013, a task force made up of government officials and community members developed a roadmap that provides a thorough, step-by-step plan for dealing with the disability exclusion crisis and weeding them out.

Vicky Levack, who lives with cerebral palsy and campaigns for the rights of people with disabilities in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, has lived in an old people’s home since she was 21. She says that although she does not live in an asylum, it is not right that her freedom has been violated because her options were limited.

“This care model is intended for people who are at the end of their lives. Not for people just starting out or trying to live their lives, so we just need to give people better options so they don’t feel compelled to make choices like me. “

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Levack wants Liberal Party leader Iain Rankin to keep the promise of the Liberals if he is elected Prime Minister.

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“They had seven years to do something before the pandemic broke out and they dragged their feet so I don’t let them loose much. If they did something and had to stop and say, ‘Okay, it’s 2025 because the pandemic struck,’ I would understand, ”Levack said.

Levack feels that the disabled community has been forgotten.

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NDP leader Gary Burrill says this is an important issue for his party. There are five people with disabilities on the NDP province’s candidate list.

“This is very important and we really appreciate it because these people – we are so confident that we can choose them – will then be able to determine the priorities that are needed from their lived experience,” said Burrill.

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If elected in the August 17th elections, Burrill says the NDP is committed to doing what the Liberals planned a decade ago.

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“We will move forward to get people into supportive shelters or suitable group houses,” he said.

PC chief Tim Houston said that while he didn’t see the report, he believes the current government hasn’t done enough for people with disabilities.

“I think it stems from a lack of vision and respect for people,” said Houston.

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The government is currently supporting fewer people with disabilities through its disability support program than in 2013 when it committed to the roadmap.

Levack says she wants everyone who is elected to commit to the roadmap so that she and others in her community can feel like “full” citizens.

She says she turned to Nazi liberals leader Iain Rankin several times and his response was that it was a complicated matter.

“We have to keep building more small option houses. There is a waiting list that we need to do more traction on. We continue to work with community organizations. It’s a tough schedule, ”Rankin said at a press conference in Antigonish on Wednesday.

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