I worked part time at the College in Sarnia, part of my job was to go to classes with students with disabilities. One of my students was high functioning autistic and he was a remarkable individual. His capacity for learning was immeasurable.
He loved anything to do with computers and because I had done a 2 yr program at the College to become a Computer Systems Technician we got along very well. His parents were very grateful that he trusted me and that when he was in my care that he was well cared for every minute. This time that I spent with him enriched my life as well.
I eventually had to withdraw from working because of a physical disability so I know what it is like not being able to work and stay at home all the time. Boredom sets in pretty quickly and it can be depressing at times. I am now of retirement age so I am no longer on Government assistance.
These students need this funding to continue because it gives purpose to their lives being able to be part of the community and feel like they are worth something and contributing to society as a whole. Please don't take away this funding, I would sign any and all petitions to support anyone with disabilities, no matter what it is, so they can live a stress free productive life.
Please stop the needless suffering of these individuals by cutting of the much needed funding in Ontario. This should go across the whole country, not just Ontario. We need to support and respect these peoples wants and needs. They should not have to be put on any waiting list that could go on for years.
The longer they are waiting for funding from the Government the worse it is for them. They don't understand why they have been cut off, sometimes they think they are being punished. It is hard to say exactly what goes through their minds, each individual is different. I implore everyone who reads about this to contact their local MPP and send direct messages to the Liberal Government that they need to reconsider the harm that they are inflicting on these people who really need our help. Become a volunteer to help them with their every day needs. We need to be their voice and support them however we can. I am happy to share my story to show that I know what it is like to be in their shoes.