PEI’s Currie makes autism announcement

Short notice and no press release which is typical disability abuse on PEI

Doug Currie promising reforms in 2007 but nothing has changed

“Minister Doug Currie will release Provincial Autism Strategy. Staff and individuals from the Autism Action Group will be on hand to answer questions about the strategy. The public is welcome to attend:) Today @ 1:30 pm pm at the Shaw Building (south) 95-105 Rochford Street, Ch’Town, PEI” (From Autism Society Prince Edward Island)
“Short notice! Gov’t likes it that way!” says one Facebook comment.
This is typical government procedure to bury all disability issues. An important issue – autism – gets an announcement held almost secretly.
Despite promising reforms prior to the election in 2007, the Ghiz government has made little if any progress in services to people living with disabilities.
Less than 5% of the disability community qualifies for benefits. Seniors are still excluding from receiving assistance like wheelchairs. Many people with disabilities live far below the poverty line, many of them are women.
We have a new larger, bloated government committee to recommend change that the government can ignore. The disability non-government agencies all got increases in funding to keep them quiet. Times have not changed much.

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