D�CLARATION COMMUNE DES PERSONNES HANDICAP�ES ET DES FAMILLES

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					DECLARATION OF HANDICAPPED PEOPLE AND THEIR FAMILIES
           FOR ACCESS TO HEALTH AND SOCIAL SERVICES


   Whereas in Quebec there are currently 638,400 people (8.4% of the total population) living with a
   disability.

   Whereas health and social services must be universal, accessible and free in all regions of the province
   of Quebec.

   Whereas access to services in inconsistent with the waiting lists that are fast becoming the norm in
   terms of access.

   Whereas the right to obtain services is an integral part of the right to receive quality services including
   adequately meeting the needs of the disabled person, trained and qualified staff, an individualized
   service plan and a follow-up at all stages of the person’s life.

   Whereas the current rehabilitation and support services are insufficient.

   WE, the handicapped people, their friends and relatives, health, social and human rights caseworkers, in
   response to the forum on access to services hosted by PHAS (Personnes handicapées pour l'accès aux
   services), which was held on May 12, 2006, in Montreal, DECLARE the following and support our
   declaration with our signatures.


                                    Relationship with the
                                   disabled person and his
     Name (Please print)                 or her family                   Signature              City or region
                                       (relative, friend,
                                         caseworker)

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   For Rehabilitation
   Keeping in mind the importance of rehabilitation services in the development of the disabled person’s
   capacities and the role of these services in allowing them achieve greater autonomy.

   Measuring the impact and social costs due to delays in meeting the needs of the disabled person or to
   the absence of rehabilitation services.

   Denouncing the delays in access to rehabilitation services, or their interruption, as well as the delivery
   of services based on availability rather than on the needs of a person.

   Whereas to eliminate the waiting lists, there needs to be a cash infusion of $130 million for physical
   disabilities and $60 million for intellectual disabilities and pervasive developmental disorders (PDD).

   Asserting that the disabled person best knows his or her needs.

       We demand
       A whole range of social and professional services, fulfilling activities and residential
       (apartment, residence, etc.) support services encouraging the development of the disabled person.

       Quick access to rehabilitation services meeting the individual needs of all people with disabilities,
       especially multi-handicapped and aging people as well as those who fall in a grey area.

       Continuity in rehabilitation services at all stages of a person’s life.

       A cash infusion to meet the needs of the people on waiting lists.

       Recognition of the disabled person’s competence and the imperative for all health and social
       services professionals to respect them.

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DECLARATION OF HANDICAPPED PEOPLE AND THEIR FAMILIES
            FOR ACCESS TO HEALTH AND SOCIAL SERVICES

    Early Childhood

    Considering the importance of evaluating the child’s needs and establishing a service plan as quickly as
    possible in order to intervene in the first years of life to ensure the child’s optimal development.

    Emphasizing the lack of services offered to premature babies that go on living with after-effects.

    Denouncing the fact that families go into debt to buy private rehabilitation services that should be
    offered in public establishments.

    Asserting that the parents know the needs of their child best.

        We demand

        Immediate access to public diagnostic services, as soon as a request is made.

        Quick access to early stimulation and rehabilitation programs as soon as any developmental delays
        are diagnosed by a health professional, regardless of the cause of the developmental disability.

        Access to public physical rehabilitation services (occupational therapy, physiotherapy, speech-
        language therapy, behaviour therapy, etc.) for all children who need those services.

        Recognition of parental competence by all health and social services professionals involved in the
        child’s case.


    For the Social Integration of Handicapped People

    Considering the right of people with disabilities to full citizenship.

    Recognizing the right of people with disabilities to live in the environment of their choice that
    corresponds to their needs and expectations.

    Emphasizing the fact that many people with disabilities are isolated and may suffer from psychological
    distress.

        We demand

        Increased access to rehabilitation services supporting the integration of the person in
        environments and activities of his or her choice (residential, daycare, school, recreation and work).

        Immediate access to adequate home services in order to maintain people with disabilities in their
        environment taking into account their aspirations and supporting their social participation.


    For Family Support
    Keeping in mind the heavy burden of friends and relatives who, in addition to their regular
    responsibilities, must also deal with the shortcomings of the service networks.

    Insisting on the right of families to have a family life that is not uniquely centered on the needs of the
    disabled person.

    Denouncing, in addition to the delays, the lack of funds and support services to the families.

        We demand

        Immediate access to information services, psychosocial support, for siblings as well, and
        educational assistance (self-management skills and know-how) for parents.

        Quick access to respite services, daycare and support services for household tasks to avoid the
        exhaustion and isolation of families.

        Access to grants from the family support program corresponding to the true needs of the families.




  Please return signed declaration to: Mouvement PHAS, 5095 9ième Avenue, bureau 103, Montréal, H1Y 2J3
  For information: mouvementphas@yahoo.ca – (514) 638-4777

				
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