Crisis of care town hall
Help for parents and their high-needs kids as they age out of the system
In Canada, the circle of care is broken when high-needs kids age out of the pediatric system. Supports and services they've come to depend on fall away. Parents are often left scrambling trying to fill the void.
On June 12, White Coat, Black Art hosted a taping of a special town hall at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto to talk about how to fix this broken circle of care.
Broadcast dates on CBC Radio One:
June 16/17: Town hall highlights on White Coat, Black Art
June 20: Town hall hour-long special, 9 p.m. (9:30 p.m. NT)
- Full story: 'I can't continue to do this forever': Families with children aging out of care seek answers
A few of the guests:
She spoke about how gaps in services and crises impact people with disabilities and their families and the need for an intersectoral, family centred approach.
Wesley Magee-Saxton is an actor and a first-year theatre student at York University, as well as an advocate for people with disabilities.
Wesley is working towards his black belt in taekwondo, which he has been training in for over 12 years.
Brendon Pooran is a principal lawyer at PooranLaw. He also teaches at Osgoode Hall Law School.
He is the past-president of Community Living York South and he's a founding director of Partners for Planning. Brendon is a senior lawyer member on the Ontario Consent and Capacity Board.
Dr. Gorter leads a transition clinic for teenagers with disabilities and their families at McMaster Children's Hospital.
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- CBC NEWS: Special-needs youth face 'big abyss' after leaving school