Thank you for your interest in Community Living Ontario’s Annual Policy Forum: Ensuring Access to Healthcare.
As you are aware, the situation around COVID-19 is changing and developing rapidly. Given the current context, the Policy Forum originally scheduled for Tuesday, April 14, 2020, will be postponed until further notice. We are currently seeking an alternative date and will reach out to you once it is confirmed.
Please note that we will honour your paid ticket at the rescheduled event for you or a colleague. Alternatively, we will refund your ticket if you cannot attend the new date.
If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Community Living Ontario’s Director of Marketing and Communications, Marcy Galipeau: email@example.com.
Wishing you good health and safety during this difficult time.
Community Living Ontario will be hosting its Annual Policy Forum in collaboration with the Ryerson School of Disability Studies on Tuesday, April 14, 2020.
This year’s forum will focus on healthcare challenges for people who have an intellectual disability and their families. The interactive event will look at the implications of the shortcomings in our current system and the effect these have on the wellbeing of people with disabilities. We will also explore policy and programming options to begin addressing these shortcomings. You will learn from content experts and from people with lived experience.
The overarching topics will include:
- the enhanced risk of hospitalization when the health system fails
- improving access to home-care services that allow people to live in their home longer
- ensuring that people remain in control of their own healthcare decisions
- the impact of environmental determinants of health, especially poverty and homelessness
- addressing transitions in healthcare for youth and seniors
- ensure safeguards in the age of Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD) legislation
Join us to hear from the following experts:
Dr. Yona Lunsky: Director of the Azrieli Adult Neurodevelopmental Centre, and the Health Care Access Research and Developmental Disabilities (H-CARDD) program at CAMH. She is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto and Adjunct Scientist at ICES. She will be discussing access to healthcare, healthcare decisions, how we all have a role to play, and what role agencies, people with disabilities and families can play in improving healthcare.
Michael Bach: Managing Director of the Institute for Research and Development on Inclusion and Society (IRIS) who has undertaken research and development in Canada and internationally on ways to advance the full inclusion and human rights of persons with disabilities. He will be addressing the issues surrounding the review of Medical Assistance in Dying, medical consent and supported decision making.
Brendon Pooran: Partner at PooranLaw, has been involved with various disability organizations as a member, volunteer, employee or director for most of his life. He created PooranLaw to provide support to the developmental disability community and to influence disability law and policy across Canada. Brendon will be discussing issues related to the Family Managed Care Program and medical consent issues from the legal perspective.
Dr. Bill Sullivan: Family physician at St. Michael’s Hospital Academic Family Health Team and Surrey Place and Associate Professor in the University of Toronto’s Department of Family and Community Medicine. In his practice, he mostly provides primary care to elders and consultations to family physicians and teams regarding health issues of people with developmental disabilities. Dr. Sullivan will be speaking about two new transition clinics (one for youth and one for adults) and the impact of environmental determinants of health, particularly poverty and homelessness.
Amy Olmstead: Director of the Home and Community Care Branch at the Ontario Ministry of Health. The Home and Community Care Branch (HCCB) is responsible for legislation, policies and provincial initiatives related to Ontario’s home and community care services. Amy will report on current sector reforms that are of interest to the developmental services sector and clients.
We hope you will join us for this important forum.