White Coat, Black Art

Crisis of care town hall

Catch the broadcast on June 16/17 and June 20.

Help for parents and their high-needs kids as they age out of the system

Dr. Brian Goldman hosted the town hall at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto. (CBC)
White Coat, Black Art host Dr. Brian Goldman (CBC)

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)


A few of the guests:

Yona Lunsky (Submitted by Yona Lunsky)

Dr. Yona Lunsky is the director of the Azrieli Centre for Adult Neurodevelopmental Disabilities and Mental Health at CAMH.

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 (Submitted by Wesley Magee-Saxton)

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 (Submitted by Brendon Pooran)

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.

Jan Willem Gorter (Jessica Blackwood/CanChild)

Dr. Jan Willem Gorter is a physiatrist with training in children and adults with disabilities, a professor of pediatrics and Director of the CanChild Research Centre at McMaster University.

Dr. Gorter leads a transition clinic for teenagers with disabilities and their families at McMaster Children's Hospital. 

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