Sibling caregiver, community activist, independent consultant. Contributor, EvidenceNetwork.ca.
Helen Ries is a sibling caregiver, a community activist and an independent consultant. She is working to create better systems to support vulnerable, excluded and underrepresented populations. www.helenries.ca
In Ontario, a single adult on disability benefits can receive a base rate of up to $1128 a month to live through the Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP) as well as support for drug, dental and disability related costs. Sounds OK at first glance -- until you look at the cost of living.
We, the disability family, have been an afterthought -- for governments, service agencies and organizations -- for far too long. Our opinions have been sidelined, our emotions trivialized, our needs prescribed and our resources shuttered.