ombudsman To Release Findings of Examination in July

Do you remember how thrilled we all were when Ontario’s ombudsman – it was Andre Marin at the time – decided to look into the mounting complaints from parents of individuals with developmental disabilities?  And when I say mounting, I mean mounting.  The complaints were in the thousands about waiting lists, lack of government-funded programs, concerns with the DSO assessment process.  It went on and on and on.

The in-depth examination started in 2012.  Yup!  4 long years ago.  Since then, as we all know, there has been a massive infusion of cash into the programs that support individuals with developmental disabilities.  Has it helped?  How much has it helped?  Well, we’re about to find out because the current ombudsman has said that the finding of the in-depth examination will be released at the end of July.

Over the past 4 years, there have been rumours floating about why the report hasn’t been forthcoming – everything from it’s a system that’s impossible to fix to every time one problem is dealt with another worse one pops up.

I am a member of a Ministry/family support Partnership Table.  I know how hard ministry staff have been working to deal with some of these difficult issues.  We’re all going to find out at the end of July if the ombudsman is satisfied with the outcome.  And more importantly – if you are.

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