Disability awareness and education at Queen’s Park
On December 3, we were proud to partner with March of Dimes to celebrate International Day of Persons with Disabilities. Leonard Baker, President and CEO, March of Dimes Canada, opened the session and welcomed the morning’s guests: Honourable Raymond Cho, Minister of Seniors and Accessibility (in photo with Morgan Austin): MPP Joel Harden, Ontario New Democratic Party Critic, Accessibility and Persons with Disabilities Pensions, Seniors’ Affairs; MPP Des Rosiers, Ontario Liberal Party Critic for Municipal Affairs and Housing, Women’s Issues, Attorney-General, Environment, Conservation and Parks, Indigenous Affairs, Community Safety and Correctional Services; MPP Mike Schreiner, Leader of the Green Party of Ontario; and panelists Morgan Austin, Wesley McGee-Saxton and Wendy Murphy. Dr. Stuart Howe, SCIO CEO, was on hand to close the session. This event highlighted advocacy issues that are currently being championed by March of Dimes Canada and Spinal Cord Injury Ontario’s consumers and supporters, noting the progress they have seen so far in regards to accessibility, inclusion and choice, and what the next steps are for the future from their perspective.
In January (date TBD), we again partner with March of Dimes to host a session entitled Improving Access to Medical Supplies. MC Peter Athanasopoulos, Senior Manager, Government Relations & Public Policy, SCIO, and guest speaker Police Services Constable Edward De Nobrega share thoughts with MPPs and community members on how to reduce the high cost of catheters for people who rely on them daily. We launch our #peeforfree campaign at this event to create awareness of the lack of funding for medical supplies, which is forcing Ontarians to make choices that put their health at risk. Advocacy and education is an integral part of our work – learn more about our efforts.