The Disability Justice Network of Ontario (DJNO) has launched a campaign and a petition calling for reforms to the Assistive Devices Program (ADP). In four days, we’ve collected nearly 400 signatures online.
The Assistive Devices Program (ADP) is mandated to help people in Ontario with long-term physical disabilities pay for customized equipment, like wheelchairs, walkers, communication devices, hearing aids, and more. The ADP is also supposed to help cover the costs of specialized supplies, such as those used with ostomies.
There are many problems with the ADP program. Though it is supposed to take 6-8 weeks to be able to have a file processed, people with disabilities can often wait for many more months to hear back about an application and receive the required assistive device. This is due to a chronic underfunding and understaffing of the program. ADP also does not fund repairs of assistive devices.
If you have community members who want changes to the ADP program, or who walk in with concerns about ADP, please have them sign the attached petition. We are looking to collect 1000 signatures in order to have it presented in the legislature.
As well, may you please share this petition to other disability related non-profits who may be interested in collecting physical signatures from community members in their space?
Signed petitions can be scanned & emailed back to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to: Disability Justice Network of Ontario, 423 King Street East, Hamilton, Ontario