Advocate Toolkit: Understand the Issues
Get informed! Take a look at the four urgent issues we’re trying to advance as a community. You’ll also get access to our most recent policy report, sample questions for candidates, quick stats, community stories and general information about spinal cord injury.
- The pandemic has amplified the fractures that people with SCI and other disabilities face in accessing services, supports and funding.
- People with SCI and other disabilities’ human rights are being violated too often without resolution.
- People are suffering from a lack of access to medical supplies, assistive devices, and other basic health care making it difficult to live independently at home.
- People with SCI and other disabilities’ equity and inclusion to societal rights like accessing a restaurant or recreational venue continue to fall short.
- SCIO needs a bolder presence to address and resolve systemic barriers that impact the quality of life of people with SCI and other disabilities during the 2022 Provincial Election.
- SCIO needs advocates like you, in every provincial electoral riding, to create change through sharing their views and lived experiences with their local candidates.
- Candidates need to prioritize the essential needs of the disability community and revise their platforms to address systemic challenges faced by people with disabilities in Ontario.
Mobility devices for those with a permanent disability should be considered a human right over their lifetime.
There should be an efficient province-wide medical supply coverage program for those with permanent needs.
Clear processes and supports must be in place to ensure optimal health care for people with a spinal cord injury.
longer hospital stay for those with a disability with COVID-19
more likely hospital readmission for those with a disability with COVID-19
of our community believe assistive devices should be a human right not a medical need for home use
of Ontarians not on social assistance are unable to afford the co-payments on wheelchairs
government funding for transfer devices and standing devices in Ontario
1 in 3
people had an attendant not show up during their home during the pandemic
government target for AODA compliance significantly off track
people use intermittent catheters every day in Ontario
Up to $2,500
monthly out of pocket cost in bladder management supplies
intermittent catheters are single-use medical devices in Canada
7 Questions to Ask Candidates
To further explore the four urgent issues with your potential representatives, we’ve formulated seven questions to ask your local candidates from all parties. Dig deeper into the document to explore the issues behind each question.