Learn about Government Programs that Work for You

Canadian Flag picture by Alexindigo 300x199 Learn about Government Programs that Work for YouIf you have a disability or care for someone who does, there is a good chance disability assistance is available to you through the Canadian government. However, it’s not always an easy process to secure the money you’re entitled to. Many individuals face a number of challenges when processing  disability claims — most of which can only be avoided with expert knowledge of government disability programs.

Expertise in understanding government disability programs is what the National Benefit Authority is known for. Its knowledge of disability claims and successes in processing them effectively comes from years of experience. Without the advanced understanding the National Benefit Authority offers, requesting the money you are entitled to can be difficult.

This is why Disability Living has a blog category dedicated to discussing government programs. While there is no way to secure the expertise that disability specialists acquire from years of service, Disability Living is passionate about keeping you informed on current happenings in federal and provincial government. By staying up-to-date with news and events affecting the disability community in Canada, you have the option to develop your own expert knowledge in this area!

All blogs under the “Government Programs” category focus on federal and provincial disability programs, new funding initiatives, and the latest government released statistics relevant to the disability community in Canada.

Like many Canadians with disabilities, you may find yourself referencing government websites, looking for assistance. Often times, individuals go to Service Canada for information about the Canada Pension Plan. Another popular site is Persons with Disability Online, where one can learn more about national efforts to accommodate people with disabilities throughout the country. These are some of the first domains visited when seeking information about disability benefits — but they usually aren’t the last.

While these websites are organised and maintained well, they offer a lot of cut and dry (and not to mention confusing!) information without much inspiration. In fact, it’s common for people to feel discouraged after visiting these government resources. This is why Disability Living strives to provide fresh and enjoyable content pertaining to government programs.

autism ralley e1308156879651 197x300 Learn about Government Programs that Work for YouAs an advocate for people with disabilities, Disability Living is interested in understanding current happenings in federal and providential governments and will stay active in connecting you with the benefits they offer. This is why the blog is excited to serve you with positive news, promising to relay only the most important information in an intriguing and easy-to-understand matter.

In addition to serving you with valuable information, Disability Living is always happy to read the articles that matter to you. Send a comment on one of the blog posts mentioning your latest news interest (make sure to include a link). In effect, the blog will produce stories about what matters to you.

While all governments are far from perfect, they offer many benefits for people, especially people with disabilities. The more information prepared in an understandable and intriguing manner, the better prepared constituents will be to get involved. This will extend benefits assistance beyond the financial aspect and lead to a barrier-free Canada.

On behalf of the entire disability community in Canada — share your thoughts about current events and assistive programs offered through federal and provincial government. By doing this, you contribute to creating an easier system for everyone.

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140 Responses to Learn about Government Programs that Work for You

  1. Carole Anne Campbell says:
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    I have someone who lives with me who is a head injury survivor and is epelepsy has seizure and migraines frequently he cannot read or write and we’ve tried to find someone here in Ottawa to help him fill out for CPP papers he was on CPP at one time went back to school got fustrated tried to work off and on and we now know that he cannot work so we need to re apply and it’s fustrating for him as for me the burden of his depends is all on me for the past 3 months he was only working 2 day’s a week now we need to do something and get him help the last time he went in they told him he was down to one day a week did not call showed up for work to be sent home and at 53 with all this it was devestating for him. Please help him.
    Richard John Potvin 613-565-1809

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    • Disability Living says:
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      Richard, thank you for sharing with us. This cannot be an easy situation to be in. However, the National Benefit Authority is ready and able to assist you with whatever you need. Please continue to keep us updated with developments. Also, is there anything that you’d like Disability Living to write about to raise awareness of this disability?

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    • cs says:
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      touch base with your MLA (phone them), they have alot of pull!
      good luck.

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    • troy says:
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      west end legal services

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  2. Susan says:
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    Hello Carole Ann, first of all he should apply for ODSP (Ontario Disability Support Program), this can be done online, although CPP is good, I hear its not that much and there are so many benefits with ODSP its also retroactive from the day you apply. He needs his doctors help to fill out the forms, but that is a good start. Public Libraries are awesome help when it comes to filling out forms and getting volenteers there are also our YOUTH that have to have “community hours” as well to graduate call local schools and find out if there are youth that can assist him in filling out documents since MOST are on line now and those kids wow they are computer savey! I really hope this helps be patient with ODSP they are trained to say NO he may need a lawyer to represent him remember that is FREE to “Legal Aid”. Hope this helps and remember GOD has your back keep patient with Richard, because I just know if I were in his shoes I would be crying for help. We can, we must!! GOD BLESS YOU!

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    • cheryl says:
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      Hi there im sorry but in regards to ODSP i have to disagree with you…the only thing ODSP is good for is if you dont have any benefits. I was diagnosed with fibro in 1995 and at the time my work insurance had run out so i was told about ODSP so i applied and yes you do get more money….but you also arent allowed to save money…they frown on you owning a vehicle or house and insurance they want you to cash in your insurance and they say then you can live on that till it runs out….if you get any kind of money from a lawsuit or wsib anything like that….they want most of that money paid back to them…..i got a FEL award and in order for me to keep my money i had to show them when the money was spent…what it was spend on etc….no one can ever get ahead on ODSP….even if they have a spouse or living with someone….they take what the other person makes and deducts it off your cheque. At least with CPP disability….you can save as much money as you want….if you get any amount of money come in….you can keep it….and you can own 2 cars and 2 houses if you like….they dont care….the only thing with CPP disability is you dont get benefits from them….but i would never ever tell ppl to go on ODSP if they dont have to, and they also will pay you retroactive also….they paid me for 36 months owing which was just over $30,000 and if you were on ODSP they would definetly want a percentage of that money…i know soo many ppl that are on ODSP and they hate it because first of all it take forever to get your caseworker to call you and you can live with someone or have a spouse and CPP doesnt take any money off your cheque and also if you have children you can also get a survivors benefit for them which is about an extra $160.00 a month and when the child reaches 18 he will be taken off your cheque but if the child is in school he can continue to receive the benefits….i hope this gives you a little bit of insight into how ODSP works and the difference between the 2 disability programs….i hope this helps

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      • John says:
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        @ Cheryl, You may want to re-look @ Your ODSP Program, as I am on it, and a lot has changed over the years. Each circumstance is different of course, but with the benefits You get on ODSP you are better off.
        Good Luck though!!

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        • jane woodcock says:
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          cheryl you are right.7 years ago i had a brain anyerism and i could not get help from the government.cpp would not work for me neither cause i was self employed and i did not have much in it.so i am screwed both ways.

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          • Charlotte says:
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            I agree with Cheryl. Everything she says is correct. Couple of things she has not mentioned – transportation costs is like pulling hens teeth to get. And if you are lucky enough to find a job, 50% is deducted from your cheque. And if you are lucky enough to be in social housing (another issue) they will up your rent, so you are better off staying at home and twittling your thumbs and be better off financially. I’ve actually lost money working – makes sense eh.

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    • Denise says:
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      Would there be a value to have a lawyer review the forms? When I got in my car accident our lawyer reviewed my forms. Thank God, I made an error which would of cost me frustration and less time paid for injury. I had my lawyer look at the documents before I sent the off to my insurance claim.
      Unfornately “Legal Aid” is very limited now and the wait time is ridulous that is why I am using this service.

      Have a great day!
      Denise

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    • Clinton D. Campbell says:
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      Hello Carole… same last name, no relation;
      I was living in Saskatchewan in July of 2002 and the CMHA recommended me to go back to Ontario to be closer to my family. At my arrival there, I went to Social Services and started receiving funding from them. They insisted that I apply for ODSP and Canada Pension Plan Disability. I went to a help centre in Cobourg and they not only helped me with forms and instructions, the very kind lady got to know me enough to write a heartfelt letter explaining my suffering. It must have hit home because ODSP called me in to Peterborough for an interview and immedately deposited an amount of money into my bank account. Then shortly after, CPPD approved me and deposited 6 months worth of funds into my account. ODSP then adjusted their amount of funding to bring me a total of just over $1,000 a month. This afforded me a cute little apartment and decent furnishings, enough money to eat properly and cloth properly. I made the mistake of moving back to Sask. in July ’06 where I get $857. a month CPPD only and that amount is pretty well gone by the middle of the month. My meds are close to $200. a month and I’m sometimes unable to get those meds I need. Unlike the other provinces, there are no additional programs to top up my income to a livable amount. You have ODSP and CPPD you should be getting. There should be a help centre there in Ottawa to help you. I suggest that you call around to Social services, ODSP and CPPD as listed in the government pages in your phone book and I’m sure someone will give you info on a help centre. Good luck… Clinton

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    Sorry am not sure what you mean by Website? I applied for CPP in June/July and have not heard from them yet? I realize that it takes time BUT they told me that it will probably take until the middle of Oct./11 to receive a reply. I am not working and cannot receive anymore sick benefits. My husband does work for the government but is finding it hard financially to pay for everything. We live a very simple life and are trying to sell our home so as to move in with our children for support. Our home needs a new foundation (which we cannot afford to fix) so we are finding it hard to find a buyer. We have had it up for sale for a year so far. I have worked hard all my life but when it comes to receiving CPP, which I paid in to, it seems like you have to pull teeth to get it!!!! I know it would not be much money but at least it would help pay for our groceries. Is there any way to speed up the process? Thanks for listening:) Sharon

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    • t says:
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      i dont know how to speed it up, maybe write a letter ?
      but someone recently told me if the govt gives you something it is icing on the cake but you make your own cake
      not trying to be rude or anything…
      if they say oct 11 , could be november …..or like with me, i got a replt that was positive and budgeted accordingly and then got a letter saying they took back their decision, so im back at square one tring to get a 2nd opinion for my sons dtcc……
      when you do get it
      if possible, dont spend all.
      make sure you put your sin number etc etc on the letter, it may not speed it up but i may just take it a tiny step further too.
      you do what you CAN and let God do the rest.

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    • Disability Living says:
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      Thanks so much for sharing this process with us, Sharon. It sounds like relief is on the way, which is good. And October is right around the corner!

      We hear a lot about how hard it is to get the benefits you and other are entitled to by government. Do you have any ideas about how this good be an easier process? Or any tips to offer people going through a similar experience?

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    • Suzanne says:
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      Hi Sharon,

      What I did when I applied for CPP is, give the them more info then just the simple forms that you find online.

      They want one doctor diagnose, I gave them 4 doctors diagnose (GP, neurologist, neurosurgeon, psychiatrist). Also I gave CPP copies of all my medicals reports that are related to my medical conditions.

      By giving more info on you and your medical condition, you are actually helping them do there work. Also, you know that they have all the right documents to process your claim, and more.

      I have been doing this with VAC and CPP and it has worked in my favor.

      Hope this helps.

      P.S. I am french, so I hope you understand what I am trying to explain!?

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        THANKS Suzanne! I did send them more forms & info than they asked for. Hopefully that will satisfy them. Hope you have a nice weekend:) Sharon

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        Thanks Suzanne I did give them more info than they asked for so hopefully that is a good thing. We have managed to sell our house FINALLY which is the most stressful situation to be in when you are already suffering with Fibro, osteoarthritis and herniated discs in your back. September is almost over with so maybe in Oct. I will receive some kind of decsion about my claim. I’m glad you were able to get some success for your problems.

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    • Maria Kidd says:
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      Dear Sharron, I hear your frustration and can understand. I went through the same thing with CPP. I applied 3 times and was rejected. Everytime m;y rejection letter came back to me it said that my injuried were not” severe and prolonged’ . The fourth time was a tribunal with about 8 people in the room judging me on whether or not I deserved to be on disablility. At the time I walked with a cane. I had a head on collision in 87 and it destroyed my back and neck. I now have Behcets disease, very rare. The two words they kept telling me that was not in my
      doctors letters were, Severe and Prolonged. These are the two words that must be in your doctors letters. The more
      doctors letters the better, with both those words. The 5TH time I applied for disability I got it. My doctor wrote a letter and applied those two words and that was that. It was a long haul but I finally got my disability and retroactive money. I hope this helps. Dont get discouraged and keep going. Get a really good doctor that will write a good letter with the severe and prolonged words in it.

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    • Margo Martel says:
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      Hi Sharon
      My advice to you is to get a lawyer. Apply for Legal Aid which you should be accepted, you might want to wait till Oct but the gov says one thing & it can take much longer. You could also be refused & have to appel which will delay things much longer. The good news is it is recto from the day you apply. However I know in the mean time the money is needed now. You need to be at them at all times, do your self a favor get a journal & document all dates,times. take names first & last of everyone you talk to,& if need be , don’t be afraid to ask them to spell their names . Document what the conversation was about. Remember they tape all conversations & let you know that every time you call. I had to get a lawyer & had a 3 year battle, & I had a very good Dr that supported me all the way. In fact I had many Dr’s. Photocopy every thing u send them & keep a file. If you get in a rut I would be more then happy to help you I know how they work, & remember yes it is your money u payed in all these years , yet you need to prove you have a disablity & CPP has very very tight guidelines. Make sure your Dr is there for you because in the long run , it is the Dr’s that need to prove your disability. You might also want to request your medical file from all the Dr’s you have seen because CPP will.You need to know what is in all of your medical files. I do not want to scare you hopefully you will not have to deal with all this. I just want to help. Please email me if u need help. mmartel5259@hotmail.ca

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        THANKS Margo! Yes I have photo copied everything I sent them so far. If I am refused and have to apply again then I will get ALL of my medical files in order. IF I do receive it do I have to reapply every year? If I have to reapply, do I have to do all the paper work and get a medical filled out again? Hope not! I will keep your email address handy if I have any further questions. Thanks again. Have a nice weekend:) Sharon

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    • Nancy Strickland says:
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      If you have not received a reply from CPP go to your local MPP. I had the same problem and when they called I had a reply back in one day.

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    • cs says:
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      call your MLA!
      they will get it done fast.

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    I applied for CPP in June/July and have not heard from them yet? I realize that it takes time BUT they told me that it will probably take until the middle of Oct./11 to receive a reply. I am not working and cannot receive anymore sick benefits. My husband does work for the government but is finding it hard financially to pay for everything. We live a very simple life and are trying to sell our home so as to move in with our children for support. Our home needs a new foundation (which we cannot afford to fix) so we are finding it hard to find a buyer. We have had it up for sale for a year so far. I have worked hard all my life but when it comes to receiving CPP, which I paid in to, it seems like you have to pull teeth to get it!!!! I know it would not be much money but at least it would help pay for our groceries. Is there any way to speed up the process? Thanks for listening:) Sharon

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    • Debbie says:
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      Hi Sharon
      I am going through a similar situation. I have been suffering from extreme depression since April/09.
      The government has very strict guidelines for applying for disability pension. I applied and was denied as I do not have prolonged and severe illness even though my specialist states otherwise. In Nov/10 I broke my back and resubmitted an appeal to the government including orthopedic surgeon, physiciatrist specialist, physio therapist and therapist for my depression. All stated I will not be able to work at all as I can not sit,stand, bend, stairs etc and I also have memory loss and cognitive issues. Once again I was denied. How can they determine this without even having contact with you. I am now going to a Tribunal to apply once again. Be very patient as the gov takes a very long time to answer…..usually 3 months.
      Good luck!

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      • Thor Rovira says:
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        I am understand your difficulties and you need to appeal again. Go to BC COALITION FOR PEOPLE WITH DISSABILITIES and this is a non profit society to help people who doesn’t get your approval sometimes DOCTORS are too lazy and don’t finished the whole application and leave some parts of the application on blank and this is one big reason the federal government reject and refuse your application even if your “DOCTOR” put all your dissabilities problems on that application and already happened to me. I am also a person with dissabilities and I got rejected twice and I fought back until get it. Don’t get depressed my friend but fight back and make sure the whole application is filled and accurate and this BC COALITION FOR PEOPLE WITH DISSABILITIES go to google and the find out their address and telephone numbers and do it right away and don’t waste your time. Get contact with them.

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  5. Marion Murchison says:
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    I am 57 yrs young and have been legally blind all my life.I was afflicted since birth with toxoplusmosis which destroyed the retna in my left eye and half of the right eye. I am frustrayed that is dont caulify for a disability pension because my husband earns to much. I have been told to involuntarialy seperate and then i would be able to get it. How is this fair we have been happily marrie for 36 years. It seems that since i am married am not seen as individual person . Dosnt seem fair to me

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    • Sharon darch says:
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      Marian I believe the it’s the type of pension. You are having problems with CPP disability pension does not have anything to do with your your husband’s income. ODSP does they combined incomes. This is what I have experienced

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  6. lauri noye says:
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    i am in great need of finacial help with the semi-annual vet bills and grooming costs of chipping me american cocker spanial that is my seizure atert dog. my income only is enough to take care of my bills and i dont wany anything bad to happen to Molly.
    any advice of help would be so greatfully accepted sincerly lauri n

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    • Karen says:
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      Maybe asking the epileptic assoc if there’s any finacial assistance available through them for expenses such as yours & if not maybe they could refer you to somewhere there is.

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  7. Jean says:
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    Re- Government Programs: I would like to ask how can I get a wheel chair for my husband who is in the Nursing Home,
    we are both on Pension, and to buy a wheel chair we are looking at $ 1,000.00 that is a lote of money when you are on pension paying rent to two places plus other bills including my meds.

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    • Disability Living says:
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      You are so right, Jean. That is a lot of money on top of what you already expense.

      Are there any programs near you, businesses or charities, that offer discounted equipment like wheelchairs?
      Good luck with your search. We’ll keep our eyes and ears open for you. :-)

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    • Linda says:
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      Speak to your nursing home director, ask him/her to put you in contact with an Occupational Therapist for a wheelchair assessment. If an OT finds your husband would benefit from one then the Assistive Devices Program will cover 75% of the cost and then hopefully you can find a way to find the remaining 25%.

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      Another good place to look is online ads at places like Craigslist and Kijiji. I was able to get a manual wheelchair in excellent shape for $75. Also, check with your province to find out if they have any programs for reduced cost for medical supplies. Here in Alberta, we have something called Aids for Independent Living, which can help with everything from crutches to wheelchairs and hospital beds.

      Good luck – and I’ll say a wee prayer for you!

      Pamela

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    • Karen Cross says:
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      Dear Jean & many more…
      You can call or apply to your Easter Seals Organization for a wheel chair. If they are unable to assist, which is doubtful, try will put you in touch with someone who will be able to help . This is what these people are there for, to help people who are unable to get urgent supplies for their disabilities, even simple things like ” grabbers” the extensions for reaching…foam for around your silverware so it’s easier to hold, right up to the bigger items like scooters and vehicle lifts, special beds etc….good luck to all who needed to hear this good news !

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    • Rose says:
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      Hi Jean: I was able to get a free electric wheelchair for my husband from my local Legion. Any I have been in seem to have an abundance of those & other devices. If you have trouble finding one, let me know & I may be able to help further.

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    • Nancy says:
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      f you’re in Canada, call the nearest Community Care Access Program (CCAC) and they can very likely help you apply to the Government Assistive Devices Program which would pay 75% if approved..that would help you for sure.

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  8. Eric Grootveld says:
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    I have been on disability for about 15 years. The utilities keep going up and up and the BC Provincial government has not increased our income enough to cover the bills. Our hydro bill monthly payments are $300 a month cable & phone $150 we have to spend our food money to pay the utilities.We usually end up running out of food after 2 weeks,then we have to go to the food banks and everyone knows you don’t get much there. I think the BC Government should do something before it starts costing them even more for our failing health from not eating a proper diet.My roomate is a diabetic and she cant stick to a diet we can’t afford special diets,even though we get a diet allowance of $35 a month,that only pays for a case of ensure.I sure hope we see some changes soon from our Provincial Government,it is high time they let us live like normal people and not second rate citizens.We are so far below the poverty line that the line has disapeared.

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    • Disability Living says:
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      Thanks for sharing, Eric. You makes some poignant points and communicate them effectively. Keep writing and sharing.

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      • Lissa says:
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        I had the same problem for years, although I opted to not have cable or telephone. They are conveniences, not necessities, at least to me. Can you get into low income housing? That takes forever, believe me, I know. I never did get in, but I did go through a program for ‘stopping the violence’ and they were wonderful enough to help me with low income housing for a 2 year period…I know I was very fortunate. I don’t know where you live, but in one BC community that I lived in, they had a program, (I cannot remember the name of it…maybe food box?) where you gave them $10.00, once a month, and a week later they called and you picked up a large full BOX of whatever fruit and veggies were in season. So, say, if they had 20 participants, and I am sure they had far more, that would be $200. worth of fruits and veggies, bought bulk and divied out to the 20. Also, aside from the food bank, (and I fully agree with you there), a lot of communities also have soup kitchens. I didn’t go there, as I felt I had enough, but it was just me I had to take care of. I am also a diabetic, and you are right, it is VERY difficult to eat a proper diet when you cannot afford the proper foods.
        If you let go of the cable, that would put a lot of $$ towards food. Go to a thrift store and get movies, and a machine…that works too. Anyhow, just ideas.

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    • Judy says:
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      Hi, I hear you but 150.00 for cable a basic package is around 50.00..there is 100 dollars savings. I think it is not right to just stop TV totally I tried that and got more depressed sitting in my chair at night not being a reader and to far out in the rural community to participate in things as I am in a home that meets my physical needs not my mental needs who knew I was going to be wheeling instead of walking through the rest of my life. I would like so much to share my home gardens but even people with out inconvienences are too busy to access some free for the taking I think if you offered your service to a garden project in exchange for some product would be a first suggestion or grow a little in a couple of garbage cans just outside you patio door or balcony. I would love to help you to revamp your food budget, but you can seek the free services of a diet councelor she can help with meals and budget at the same time. And if you can’t afford the rent it might be time to find a cheaper place in the future. I know this is going to be hard but you will make if you just stop thinking about what you don’t have and aren’t getting to what you do have and how to make it work better so you will get more. Please know I will be thinking of you two and hoping all will get to a better place so that you can enjoy the journey given called life so that you can help others that are in the same situation as you. I am one of many who found the same problems but changed a few things that empowered me to be able to truly say the things I say and am often told can’t believe how you do it and my answers is no one is going to pay the bills so you do what you must do and being honest with yourself by writing every penny brought into the house hold and every penny spent and asking was that a wise or needed purchase you may be very surprised with the answers that will lead to new and better decisions..all the best you two
      PS I even hang clothes about to save on drier time, take timed showers, never turn down a invite to a birthday or wedding wonderful change of menu and don’t buy things for people at christmas cause I just don’t have the money but I share my babysitting services for free,do things so I don’t feel like a worm cause I don’t have enough to celebrate the expensive gift giving thing, I often make some things like orange peel candies,homemade celery salt and I take pictures with the cost 23 dollars for two hundred photo papers so I can give a gift of a picture. I would like to have more but I am rich having enough with something to share..I even make homemade caramel popcorn in a great find of a used jar with a ribbon..it is not that I don’t need things but I do my best to meet my needs first then search how I can meet the more needs within my ability’s ability I have even recieved a manual chair from the EATI program to make my ability to leave my home on my own for the first time in years so that I can do things like volunteer again,and seek a limited part time job if it avails so that I can earn those little extra’s to afford extended cable TV or faster Internet costs and some extra much needed contribution to my gas budget. while enjoying my life’s journey as today is here tomorrow might not come and yesterday won’t come ever again and it all ends all too soon for all as the hand of age and time cannot be changed but in between birth and death can be lived with ups downs sad times good times with personal priority choices cause the aging process hands all some illness or fate called disability.

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    • cs says:
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      i AGree!
      it is high time they increase payments to the disabled and separate it from welfare!!
      we deserve to live not suffer. my money disappears in one week!!
      we must band together and speak….RAISES!!!

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    I am an injured worker. I suffered injury to my shoulder,hip and head. I was knocked out. The employer first responce was poor and it was close to 2 hours before I arrived at emerg. The employer was also ruthless in their attempt to get me back to work (pounding on my door with disreghard for the “do not diturb signs) and offering modified duty work. In the second month of my injury I went back on modified until the company could no longer offer that type of work. During the period of work I studied and was certified by wsib and the construction safety association as a health & safety representative. Then I entered into an agreement with worplace safety to educate further with e-line college courses in health & safety. The course is good and goes well. My problem is this. I am a 56yr. old man with my own home. If I do certain heavy (or try) work at home I later have flare ups that cause diabilitating pain for days. During this period of time I cannot eat or sleep and the pain gets so intence that I vomit. I have also had to have people bring me to emerg. I have paid people through yes employment and hired some young ladies in the cleaning business for the chores I cannot do and worplace safety does not pay for these expences. Yet they expect me to complete time sensitive material in my course even though I am layed low by my injury and litteraly lose days to pain and sleep exhaistion. All this has caused financial hardship. I am now working towards pain management and also am now being treated for depression caused by this ongoing circle of days of being sick, trying to keep my home nice and deadlines and study. Does anyone out there know of where I may find help?

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      Dwain, you have quite the story. First, and foremost — thanks for writing.

      Money cannot heal everything but with a debilitating disability it sure can help a lot. Make sure to take advantages of the opportunities for financial assistance, especially while you are studying. Keep looking for programs that can assist you and consider applying with the NBA.

      Making your physical problems less of an issue will encourage your ability to concentrate on your studies and strength building activities.

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    • Steve says:
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      If you are in BC and have cash assets above $500.00 then you are screwed like me with a life insurance policy which is worth the cost of a creamation.

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  10. Naomi says:
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    Hi there I was wondering if there was a way for me to become an advocate, and if so how I would go about doing that do you know? thanks

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      It’s wonderful that you have the passion to be an advocate, Naomi. In what way would you like to serve? How do you want to propel the disability community? And who do you want to advocate for?

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    Among, other things, such as fibromyalgia,chronic fatique, hpothyroidism, I am also blind in my right eye. This happened when I was a year and a half old. My father threw me against a large maple tree, face first, and i’ve been blind since. Is there anything you can do to help me? I am now 61 yrs. old, with no 0ne to turn to for help. I contact ed the institute for the blind, but no help there. many thanks Jenny

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      Jenny, your story is unfortunate and you deserve some special attention.

      If you are not getting the financial assistance that you need, then I suggest talking to specialists with the NBA. They are knowledgeable about the processes necessary to get you the money you’re entitled to.

      Also, you have spent so many years without sight– I’m sure you have much help to offer other people. Are there some things that you’ve learned from being blind that you can share with us?

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    • Cindy lee bryant says:
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      Please apply for for the NBA they should be able to help you out.myself NBA has $16,000.00 for me but then they want some kind of co-signer in order for one to receive the benefit this becomes a problem even though you do quailfy.It so hard to get bye on CPP sure wish I could just up and got to work but due to breaking my back 17 yrs ago.I’m pretty much done like a dinner ……I sure hope you fined help call NBA they should be able to help you!!!!
      ANGELS ALL AROUND YOU

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  12. nicole says:
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    Hi does anyone know if theres special disabilty lawyers in canada like there is in the states??can anyone point me towards one??thanks..

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      Hmmm… Good question, Nicole.

      I think a search engine will bring up some candidates, although, as you pointed out, much less so than in the States.

      Do you have thoughts on why this might be?

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  13. t says:
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    have you asked essential health and social supports thru odsp, or social services, … or the city of ____________.
    you will likely need to show proof of income etc and go thru a few phone calls and whatnot but it is worth a try
    and maybe then will know other resources to try in meantime or as well
    maybe ask a shoppers place that sells crutches, assistive devices etc etc and they may know where they can be rented or find out for you,

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  14. Mike says:
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    I am 48 years old. When I was 22 fractured my skull possibly two places, I sustained a closed head injury (among others) when my truck was hit by a train at a level unmarked crossing at the family farm in Alberta. As a result of the closed head injury I was in a coma (6 on the Glasgow Coma Scale) for 15 days and I was brain injured. I cannot keep a decent (or indecent) job for more then two years. I managed to find an incredibly patient and caring woman to take an chance and marry me and have a family. I want to be able to help support this family, I can’t now on $12.00/hr for 8- 12 hours a week at a mindless grocery clerk job. Hopefully through this site and the help of others I can find some financial support so I can help support my family and have pride in myself.

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  15. Joan Deschene says:
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    my daughter fell of her roof 21 months ago, her ankle and heel where totally destroyed also her shoulder.
    She went thru a 6.5hr surgery to fix her ankle. Has been unable to work since as her bones are not mending
    very well. She applied for CPP benefits and of course our great government turned her down flat. She was unable to walk or dress herself for months and still uses a brace on her ankle. In your expert opinion do you think those kind of injuries should be compensated for by Canada pension, at least until she is cleared to go back to work. She has paid into Canada Pension for over 25 years. Your reply will be greatly appreciated.
    Thank You
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    • Disability Living says:
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      Joan, this unexpected accident sounds like a nightmare.

      When communicating with the CPP, they may be prone to look at numbers and not see the bigger picture. However, specialists at the NBA know how to speak their language. I wouldn’t give up on seeking the benefits she needs. Get in contact with people who can really help you move this forward.

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  16. Joan Deschene says:
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    I forgot to tell that she waited a whole year before they decided to operated on her shoulder, as all the ligaments and
    tendons where torn off and the bones where chipped, she is still undergoing therapy for that as well.
    Thanks once again, I will be looking forward to your reply.

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  17. Mike says:
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    I would love to know of any federal government programs for people with an acquired brain injury. Help with getting and maintaining employment and federal monies available to help me live a life not on the brink of poverty.

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  18. Elaine Laszlok says:
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    Is there any help for people with disabilities and seniors so they can remain in there homes i.e help with duties that we can not do,or money to help pay for someone to help

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    • Disability Living says:
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      Goodness Elaine, you bring up such an important topic for conversation.

      All too often, people with disabilities who are progressed in years are given the option to enter a care facility, but not stay in their own home. This is difficult for people who are used to living a certain way.

      Are there any affordable options when it comes to at-home care?

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        I have found the local Red Cross to be very helpful. Also the Victorian Order of Nurses (VON). A well, if available in your area, a Community CareAccess Centre. In addition many service clubs – Kiwanis, Rotary, Kinsmen, and local Canadian Legions have various programs to help disabled persons. This I know mostly from personal experience.

        As for the government, federal and/or provincial, be prepared to experience long delays, excuses, and frustrations. After all, many of our “civil servants” are there to occupy as much space and time while shuffling papers between each other as possible. This I also know from personal experience.

        The best way to overcome this bureaucratic bumbling and inertia is to go right the top – that is either the minister or the departments secretary. If you can make then bark, everyone beeath this will be only too anxious to rpovide you will swift service. Again, this I know from personal experience.

        I pray the above will be of some assistance,

        Blessings, JDoN

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          My apologies for the many typos in the final sentence. My fingers are not as nimble as they used to be.

          The basic message was:

          As long as you get the minister (OIC) and department secretary (2 IC) to bark, everyone beneath them will be only to happy to oblige (serve) you. This I know from personal experience as an active advocate for disadvantaged persons in four different countries.

          Also be persistent, persistent, persistent – keep pounding on the wall of bureaucracy! Sooner or later it must crumble!

          And, if at first, you do not succeed – Do Not Try Skydiving!

          Blessings – JDoN

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          Thanks for this John! I was able to pass your information on to someone who may find it useful. I’m sure I’ll refer to your answer often.

          Sure appreciate your positivity. Looking forward to hearing more from you.

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    • Steve Palmer says:
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      Try the community care and access people,they provide personal support workers (psw’s) to help me on a daily basis maybe they can help you too!
      They are on Oxford st.east in London Ontario. their phone number is 519-473-2222.I hope this helps you!

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    • troy says:
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      kanata community resource centre can guide you , 613 5913686
      i saw thry had a book w info for seniors and i know they have a pamphlet for services and rates etc and counsellors too free ten times if in crisis and referral programs etc

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  19. Lisa says:
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    I am a care giver of my husband who for the whole time we have been together has had PARKINSON’S , last year decided that because of the shaking and his doctor not really listening to us when we went in to ask for tests as he can’t write, shoes with laces are becoming to much and hard, I think it also affected his memory because I have to tell hime simple thinkgs over and over,
    We applied for CPP in January of this yr- 2011, and July we got some informtaion that they stated that the doctor needs to give them more information about his PARKINSON’S . I am a causal worker in a retiremnet home and we are raing a child and money is so tight.
    He works a few days a week and finds that it is too much for him, and I was working 2 jobs for awhile but it was too hard on my as I have IBS, Fibermylia (?) so working too much hurts my body and I am in pain. our son suffers because we are also short to do anything money wise,
    We were told that it would take 3-4 months in Jan, but in July they needed our more informtation from the Dr, in which it apparently sat in the office for 20 days, but now was sent off and still waiting to hear something back..
    I am tired of hearing how these programs are here for ppl but like some say it is like pulling teeth.
    How can the government deny when a person has been diagnosed with PARKINSON’S and be told they need more information,
    what more do you need when it runs in the family????
    Ontario Works stated that I make too much money a month to get help with paying bills, getting a vehicle to drive to Specialists and other Dr’s appt., we found a family doctor out of town and need transportation to get him there becaue our small town doctor is not doing his job and he is ready to retire, my question is this: Do I still wait or call to see what the status of the appication is, do we hire a lawyer to find what we should be doing?
    Please direct me in the right way as to how to handle this process ..

    many thanks in advance.

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      Wow Lisa, what a situation!

      I’d hate to think you might spend near a year of your life working on receiving CPP. It is advantageous to contact professionals who know the process intimately. They have direct connections to services that individuals cannot use. Having assistance from the NBA actually allows the communication to flow easier between the individual and government offices.

      In other words, be persistent and look at all available options. Good luck!

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    I have been on LTD for 14 years plus.I have depression,panic anxiety.While i was married with 2 stepchildren and then my own child in 1996 the goverment sent a sepreate check to my wife.Then i got divoriced i didnt think about the 2 stepchildren and my xwife continued to get a check for all 3 children and i received a seperate check.Anyway when i called LTD they informed me i was in arrers of around 16,000 dollars for the step children.They told me i should have reported the divorice as the stepchildren were no longer elgible just my own daughter.As i said before i didnt even think of this until they contacted me and told me they would be taking over a 100.00 dollars a month until the overpayment was payed.By the way my xwife is American and still lives there.I get 754.00 a month with no health benifits.I am on pharmacare in Nova Scotia and have to reach a cerin level of money before i pay nothing which will be Dec. if im lucky.All my top teeth had to be pulled because of rot and i had to beg Provincal Social Sevices to do that and i still owe a portion of that.I know you people have been calling but with my panic anxiety i very seldom pick up the phone.I have to buy medication for this off the street.Where do i stop,im on methadone for opiate addiction,amatriptaline for sleep plus its an anti depressent which helps a bit.I would be surprizes if you people could do anythin for me,ive given up.Please contact me through email as like i said i dont ussaly pick up the phone.Regards,John Stevens

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      Hi John,

      Thanks for sharing. It makes me sad to hear that you have given up because I know that feeling — it is challenging and dominant. I want to motivate you to keep persevering by reading, writing, and finding alternatives to your current circumstances. There are programs out there that want to get you the benefits you deserve, like the NBA. I suggest contacting them through the official website and setting up a consultation — perhaps you’ll be able to call someone there.

      On my end, with Disability Living, we are going keep posting positive articles to keep you going in the meantime. Sometimes, all you need on a rough day is a good smile.

      See you soon.

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  21. David schilbe says:
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    I have applied for CPP twice and was turned down both times. I applied for ODSP 4 times and was accepted on the fourth try. I don’t understand why I am not given CPP. What should I do and who should I contact to make my 3rd time applying for CPP a reality. I live in London Ontario. I need to feel the security of CPP rather than the insucurity of ODSP.
    Regards
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  22. Rick Box says:
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    I have been on disability for 14 years now. I have now 3 fueses in my spine in the upper area, just below my head. Can not feel my hands, feet and many other areas that I do not wish to talk about here lol. But I have problems walking, picking things up, can not drive anymore, we have people do our grass and outseide work. Man so many thing I can not do it is not funny. I am on nearve blockers, on the pain patch and it is the strongest one you can get. The only thing I have done over the past 2 years is get myself off them oxy,s as I saw a TV show about them and it scared the living heck out of me. I want to live here. I have been told that I will be in a wheelchair in the next 2 years. I have seen 19 Dr,s . From Kingston to London Ontario. I have put so much time into getting betteryou could make a book. My point is my family and I got a new tax lady and she told me to go and get this tax CR from the Gov. I am on CPP not Ontario. I know smart me lol lol. But you know with all what I have said about me and what is wrong with me the Gov. turned me down. I have 3 kids, 2 going to collage and it kills me to see them going into debt and I want to give them as much as I can but with being on disability you do not get ritch :o ) Do people get this CR and if so how do you get it??????????????????????????????????????????????????????? I would like to get some help with this. Yes been to my Dr and there is only so much he can do. I know only of one lady that recived this CR from the Gov. She does have problems walking and uses a cane. She got 23000.00 Heck I can only walk for 30 feet and I have to stop, I get up and have to take baby steps to get myself going again. If it was not for the meds I do not think I could walk at all. I wear a 800.00 brace for most of the time as well. If you can help me and send me in the right way I do thank you ahead of time.

    Talk soon.,

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    I am living a very depressing life trying to deal with all the stress of my unhappy childhood memories alone.i grew up in a alcahol,abusive home,with lot of drinking,and fighting between my parents.i seen things that would scare a child to death,i live daily with flash backs of those terrible memories,it caused me to live my whole life elliminating the happy events in my life because i felt guility doing the things that i enjoyed most,or even going out of the house,and leaving my children at home with my ex husband for a short while,for example to go to a bingo game for two hours because i felt like i was not taking proper care of my children as i was left home alone lots of times,when i was a child,because my mom,and dad would go out alot drinking,and i would be petrafied waiting for them to come home because i knew what was going to happen.i have Fybromyalgia,with all the nasty side effects that go with that disease.i suffer real bad headaches from a deteriating disk in my neck,i have osteoartritis in my hands,feet,and knees.i am waiting to see an orthopedic surgeon,most likely for surgery.i have chronic fatigue so bad i can barely get out of bed in the mornings,and i have to lay down in the middle of the day or i won’t survive.i have suicidal thoughts alot,i feel like i have nothing to live for,i am useless.with the pain i am experiencing all the time,life is not happy for me.i was getting an Ontario Disability support for twelve years,and got denied in feb of this year,because someone reported me as living with an ex boyfriend,which was far from true,now i have no income at all,except twenty two dollars from Canada pension,and a few dollars from my children for personal things,that is very stressful on me as well.i recently applied for a Canada pension disability,and am hoping that i will get some help to get rid of some of the stress that i am going through.i also have a leaky valve in my heart,which requires alot of attension.i am hoping that the government can help me,what do you think…stressed

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    Hi

    I am on cpp for the last year. Paid into it for the last 35 years and get a mezzely 790.00 a month. Its a bad government joke to expect anyone to live on that. Is their any other programs out there for an alberta resident that I can get some more money to live. Aish is no good because of the restrictions.

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    • Steve says:
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      Lucky you, we don’t have anything like AISH here in BC and they set a rule that if you have liquid assets over five hundred then you are not eligable fdor assistance they said with a grin. So all I have is my Disability Pension and my wifes Visa.

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  25. Marie Brewer says:
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    The only way to get money from the government, when you are disabled…is to die and get it over with, and let the government pay for your furneral.

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      What a sad thought, Marie. I am sorry you feel that way. I also have faith that, even though the government may not come through directly, there are other sources to receive benefits from. What was your experience with the government?

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    • Steve says:
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      HA HA, here the government will not pay for your funeral because you are not living on the street. That’s preety sad and yet they can afford to bring in imigrants and give them new cars and homes to live in.

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    I applied for cpp disability. Was denied because it was over the 18 months time line. I appealed and
    was denied again because of same reason. Is there someone who can help me reappeal,and knows
    the in & outs? This took place about 4 years ago. I do recieve CPP. They said that 18 months was the
    Law. I have parkinson & camptocormia. Had the disability 2 years before I applied for cpp disablity.
    Thankyou
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      Hi Terry. I’m sure there are many options out there to receive alternative assistance. However, it sounds like you are looking for exactly what the NBA offers. In fact, they have specialists ready to assist people with Parkinson’s. I suggest consulting with them about your needs.

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  27. STEPHEN says:
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    YOU WORK HARD YOUR WHOLE LIFE , THEN A JOB RELATED ACCIDENT TAKES YOU OFF YOUR MUNICIPAL JOB… YOU HAVE YOU 2SURJURIES AND GET BACK TO WORKING . ONLY TO HAVE TO SHUT A 60,000$ A YEAR BUSINESS YOU CREAT AS YOUR BACK IS PERMENTLY IN PAIN ….WCB , WE PAY CPP WE PAY BUT TO GET YOUR RIGHTFUL PAY , EXCUSES ….THIS IS PURE BULL . NO ONE WANTS TO BE DISABLED

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      You are so right, Stephen. No one wants to be disabled… especially by back pain. I’m sorry to hear about your experience. Are there other work alternatives you are interested in? Perhaps other companies you can start?

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  28. enid says:
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    There are so many people who genuinely need help in one way or another,we should band together more as human beings,be thoughtful,spiritual,be thankful,especially those living alone,try to avoid stress, be neighborly,help one another when you canbe kind,understanding,Some of us though disabled can help some one in some way,a phone call a note of encourageent,little things like hello can make your day brighter, I talk to myself a lot e.g. Jesus said fear not I am with you always, be not dismayed I will strength you.

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  29. David Lunder says:
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    I have applied for EI, Provincial Government Assistance, as well as a Housing Authority. I have been waiting since JUNE. Meanwhile, i am being evicted, with no place to go, and no money to get there! I’ve followed all the steps, but have heard NOTHING from anyone. So, i guess i lose everything except the clothes on my back, and live under a tree?- I’m ready to pack it in, depression has taken a firm hold……………….

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      Certainly, David. Having feelings of depression must stir up inside of you because of this amounting pressure. While it sounds like you are on a tight time-frame, continue to look for other options. We often here that it takes about 4 months for continued correspondence, so keep hope that its coming soon. In the mean-time, your disability entitles you to government money — contact other authorities that aren’t government related, like the NBA, to see how they can work with you.

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    • Steve says:
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      Come to BC and because you live under a tree you will get Provincial assistance as long as you don’t have over five hundred in liquid assets. They will give you medical, housing and dental, ain’t that swell. Street people here get more help than the people who land in the cracks, that’s where I am at. Next step is homless and that is unsurvivable for my condition.

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    can’t walk due to disability, finding it very hard to survive on cpp. Spring will find me without a place to live unless i can find a rabbit in my hat

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  31. Bonnie Whitehouse says:
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    I am on a disability for a Back Problem, now I am caring for my husband who has Alhzeimer,s I find it very very hard on me
    as I can not walk for a long period of time, I can not stand or sit for a long period of time, I am 7-24 with my husband
    who is eating me out of our Condo, there is such a waiting list to get any kind of help, I am so so scare and worried what happens
    if my only SON get’s this decease as he is married and has 3 children,what is going to happen to the kids who were born in 1970
    it is hard to get any help they say the waiting list is so so long, well I am tired of this crap, I hear of people who get more on Gov’t
    help makes me sick I know of a person who should be working not taking the Gov’t for $ 1,500.00 per month and my Husband
    only gets $ 1,200.00 a month for a House, Tax’s. Maintance, phone, hydro, water ,telephone and so on and these people are getting something for nothing What is wong with this story?????

    Ms. Bonnie Whitehouse

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  32. Lynne Valiquette says:
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    I’m a 48-year-old woman living with Cranial Spasmodic Dystonia as well as Environmental and Food allergies. I live alone and have no family or friends to assist me. Every day I suffer with speech problems and when the phone rings I try so hard to speak and assure the caller that it is me speaking however many of my callers hang up on me because of my voice. I have searched all over the internet for free programs called “Text to Speech” however many of them are absolutely useless to me or wind up having a fee once you download the “free” software. I am troubled with no being able to speak when a call comes in or speak to people in general while I’m out, or at work or even to the most important of all “my doctor”. I just want to scream because there is so much I want to share and so much that is crucial to my perhaps recieving medication. Due to not being able to speak for myself or finding someone to come with me to medical appointments I’m really feeling discouraged at all the injustice. With this illness I have mobility and vision issues. I am below poverty poor and again have searched the internet for a good deal in obtaining a motorized wheelchair. I would like to get out however I am extremely limited to “when, how long, how far, the level of the ground”. All of these issues come into play when I try to get some fresh air and be around people. The weather plays a great deal on my muscles and my voice. I am extremely sensitive to a certain type of breeze, dampness, cold damp raining weather and winter. For me to go for a walk I can hardly breathe if there is a bit of an elevation my chest begins to tighten and squeeze in on me and I’m trying cautiously to find a way to breathe.

    I need help!!!!!!!! I need a regular doctor to take care of me as I live in Quebec and it is impossible to recieve medical care in this province as well as in Ontario. With the status of my health it is urgent and necessary that I recieve ongoing medical health and treatment to help alleviate my condition. I’ve done all I can to find alternative methods however the condition lays deeper then popping a natural herb pill or drinking a herbal tea or even various types of exercising. I also need a Text to Speech device that can be hand held so that I can speak no matter where I am and something for my phone so that I can type and this gets translated into speech. For the mobility issue I need to know I can turn to a motorized wheelchair so that I have the assurance that I can make it back home without counting on some stranger or someone I know to pick me up and carry me to their car and take me home.

    Can someone out their direct me as to where to get the things I need?

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    I am a 54 year old widow and have been since 2006. I have rasied 4 great kids, that I can say have never been in any trouble with the law, a ll have good jobs and all pay taxes. I have worked all of my adult life. I paid into C.P.P. all of that time. Then I became disabled. I applied to O.D.S.P (ontario disablity support program) and then Canada Pension Plan disabilty,There is a few quesions need answered. Why is that something Ipaid into all of my working years to the federal goverment, they take it away because my spouse passed. Explain, ok, the feds took 1/3 of my disablity and made it up with the widows plan.
    And then every time I get a small rasise in January in C.P.P., the provincal goverent O.D.S.P takes it away. I worked for that money and took a pay cut every week to do so. But still they should have no right to do so. I also find that know one talks about that.
    If anyone has this concern Please let me know. I bet there is people somewhere out there besides me. Trust me if I could still be working if I could I would. So for now Iwill sit and worry about if I can hold onto my house another month..and have heat this winter (since i just got cut of my heating allowence). I know I will skip a few means.
    Thanks for letting me vent a bit. Wendy P.S. send me a e-mail with your thoughts! m.w.bailey@bell.net

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  34. Donna Faye Tait says:
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    I too have many disabilities, and have been on CPP for many years, due to peritonitis, and hospitalizations 4-5
    times per year for approximately 8 years. I have now developed several other disabilities, and the list just gets
    longer. However, I must have applied for CPP before the requirements were so stringent. I am also receiving Soc.
    Service help to bring me up to the poverty level. I live in assisted living, in a new bldg. (4) years old. I am feeling
    very fortunate after hearing about all of the above stories of hardships. God Bless you all and keep on fighting for your
    rights.

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  35. jacqueline biggs says:
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    just a heads up for those who need assistance with cpp. I got my application approved by speaking to family friend who just happened to be senator of one of our provinces. gave him all the medical diagnoses i gave the cpp people and it was approved.
    so I suggest strongly talking heart to heart with your mla it is there job to work for us make them do there friggin jobs from jb

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  36. Keitha Brunet says:
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    How can someone who does not have arthritis tell you that it is not crippling. I have osteoarthritis and it is in my thumb, now it is going in my other hand. I wear a brace and take Tylenol. I have prescription medicine I try not to take it can cause other side effects which I do not Need right now .Nothing works it gets worse as time goes on it is in my back hips and neck I know I cannot take a job than turn on them for compensation . I just would not do that. But I am slowly being pushed in to it. I’ve worked all my life starting from the age 16 to 57 and I was thrown out to pasture by a Cornwall plant the works with electronics and it was not one of the new ones. How do we get some answers instead of critisizium?

    Yours Truly

    Tired of listening to the rich

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  37. David says:
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    I’m a schizophrenic currently receiving benefits from the Ontario Disability support program. I would be glad to make my own money to pay for rent and food but I’m worried that I won’t be able to pay for my medication once I stop receiving benefits. If I find work with a company that will cover it GREAT but there’s no guarantee that I or others will be this lucky. I was hoping that the government could make a fund that would pay for everyone’s medication in the country.

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  38. Vickie says:
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    Gov’t. Enough to turn anyone’s tummy if they’re disabled.
    - First… raise O.D.S.P. to a level we can actually live with without taking from our grocery money to pay our phone bill. And yes, I need a phone. I’m disabled and require 911 occasionally and do like to keep in contact with friends and family since I’m basically shut in.
    - 2nd… TTC. What a joke. They get new trains that people in mobility devices can’t access. 1 Billion $ and they are useless to us. Oh, excuse me, they apologized and tell us to wait for the next train, it may be an old one and we can access it. So what happens if it isn’t and then we wait for yet another one… and we’re late for work thanks or an appt. Regardless, the simple fact is they didn’t even consider us when ordering these damn new trains. Nice…
    -3 rd… better housing. Social housing needs to change drastically and yearly fumigations need to be mandatory. The amount of roaches/mice and bedbugs is disgusting and doing individual units is useless. It all just runs from one apt to the next and then back.
    4th – all businesses should have to be wheelchair accessible. And washrooms too. And have automatic doors on the stupid washroom outer doors. Not all of us can pull a heavy door open to enter or exit the loo. Just because the main door is accessible DOES NOT MAKE THE BUSINESS ACCESSIBLE. Stop advertising it as it is.
    5th… last but most certainly not least….. get the City of Toronto to fix all it’s curbs and ramps. They are disgusting. And sidewalks too. If you aren’t crippled before you walk or ride them, you are when you’re finished. The City should be ashamed of itself. And stop dumping the snow from the roads onto the curbs and ramps. We need to get to work too!

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      excuse me… make that “scooter accessible”… washrooms simply are not big enough for scooters and there are lots of individuals that use them in this city.

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    I sustained global head injuries in March ’93 from a car accident at 41 years of age. I had to learn to read, write, spell, talk, walk, think, drive, cook and organize, etc. again. According to Dr. Marek Gawel, my brain looked like a victim of a stroke.
    This was not easy at that benchmark of Canadian Disability thinking without support legally or at best constantly challenged. I am now writing a book, building a website and taking a course to be able to teach ESL. This is a long way up when you consider that I was also diagnosed with Post Traumatic Fibromyalgia and Post Traumatic Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. I was healed of the latter miraculously in ’95 of the latter. The short term memory still plagues me but I put things in place to remind me where and what to do when. The balance issue is still a challenge. I also find myself reaching for “palate cleansers” (a change of pace) to ease any muddle, confusion and overload in my brain. The logic part of my brain started healing first. The creative is coming together.
    Ontario Disability Support Pension and Canada Disability Pension both were needed to pull me through this with any semblance of monetary income – (not adequate but so far I have survived until other things kick in).
    I am very grateful for my Doctor (Paul Jaconello) for all the help and support that he has given and is giving me.

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  40. Ray Girard says:
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    I was born with what they then called ‘club feet’. In later years its been diagnosed as AMC (arthrogryposis multiplex congenita). I’ve had numerous operations and used crutches and braces until I was about 20, then a cane until back on crutches at age 56. In the mid 1990′s I applied for disability benefits and it took 3 years and many appeals to get it. When I landed a very unusual job allowing me to work when I could from home, I contacted the government and told them I didn’t need the support at that time. When the job ended, I was told, I would be fast-tracked back into the system. When it did end they said I had been re-evaluated and since I had found one job …I could find another. No-one called to find out the facts of the unusual conditions of my last job. They just cut me off. Re-applying, even with the doctors they had selected to see me saying that I should be considered severe and prolonged etc. , they rejected me. For many past years I refused to apply, trying to make my own way, and then when I finally needed the help it wasn’t there. I am now receiving a small CPP early, and at 61 it is probably too late to bother with disability, but I do feel punished for my honesty and judged from afar with little compassion.
    —I just thought I’d post my story……

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  41. Harold Bradley says:
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    I am a 47 year old male that was born with a learing disability and in 1987 I had an accident that cost me the lost of my right hand. Now I have two disabilities that I deal with everyday, The problem I have is that I can not receive any type of benefits from the government because I had no way that I could get a job because I strugled with things that I found it hard to keep a job. Most of my life I had no work, to support my wife an my six kids. There should be a program that the government gives to disabilities people regardless how much taxes one pays. There are all kinds of people that needs help from government but they have to meet a certain criteria. I think it would be nice to have a program that helps people regardless of how money they paid into something. Thanks for taking the time for reading this. Harold

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  42. Irela Toruno says:
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    I AM VERY HAPPY TO READ ALL THIS. IN MY EXPERIENCE I AM A PERSON WITH DISABILITY.
    WHEN I WAS 7 YEARS OLD I GOT POLIO, IT’S AFFECTED MY RIGHT FOOT.
    SINCE THEM I AM LIVING A NIGHTMARE. ALL MY LIFE CHANGED. MY FOOT IS TUISTED AND SMALL,
    DEFORMITE. I HAD HAD 4 OPERATIONS,. AND I AM STILL THE SAME. SOMETIMES I AM SO FRUSTRATED
    WHEN I WAKE UP AND HAVE A LOT OF PAIN. I CAN NOT USE NORMAL SHOES, I HAVE TO USE ORTHOPEDIC
    SHOES, AND NOW DISABILITY DOES NOT LONGER COVER.. I AM RECEIVING DISABILITY. THE MONEY THAT
    I RECEIVE IS NOT ENOUGH.
    BESIDES MY FOOT, I HAVE MORE HEALTH PROBLEMS: (OSTEOPOROSIS, ARTHRITIS, PSORIASIS, SINOUSIS)
    SOMETIMES I FEEL TERRIBLE, I AM ALWAYS DEPRESSED.
    RIGHT NOW I AM EXCITED BECAUSE I AM WAITING TO BE APPROFF MY APPLICATION FOR STUDYNG
    THIS WILL HELP ME A LOT.
    I AM VERY HAPPY WITH THIS GOVERMENT. SINCE I CAME TO CANADA I WORKED VERY HARD. SUFFERING,
    AND HANDLING ALL MY DISABILITIES.

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  43. margaret says:
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    my downsyndrome daughter has just turned 46. She has been with me all these years. I am 73 and have been without a husband for over 30 yrs. ( i had 5 other children as well ) We have been doing okay, my daughter has been very active in special olympics swimming and bowling, camping , canoeing, whitewater rafting, etc,,etc.
    Five years ago, she started getting really tired and did not want to go swimming, etc. I finally took her to the nurse practioner and her liver was enlarged. Nearly 4 years ago, we found out she has Hep C from a blood transfusion that took place in 1984 with her heart surgery. She has really gone down hill. She was 184 lbs 3 yrs ago, and is now less than 130lbs. She is in alot of pain in her bowel area every day, and she has had every test available with O results. She now stays in bed 24/7, since March, but she does go to the washroom herself. I have put her on a minced , regular diet ( I was a dietician’s ass’t.) Plus boost supplements.
    I am able to get her into one nursing home for respite, but as far as permanently, it is impossible unless I have the monies for a private room or semi-private (perhaps). I could use some of her compensation monies for a semi-private, but I would only have enough for one – one & ahalf years. I see those with alzheimer’s get in almost pront0, and another lady I know, she is quite wealthy, she got in with no problem, but because my daughter is downsyndrome and in need of gov’t help, she is pushed aside and so am I. I am finding it very difficult to look after her. She gets very very stubborn, as alot of downsyndromes do. I have respite workers come in, but , it is getting to the point where that is not really helping my nerves, burnt-out, frazzled emotions. I love her very much and I never thought I would be writing this way, but, life sure takes some surprising turns. Why can’t the gov’t do more for the mentally disabled. I also need more help with her. We definately need more nursing homes in Ontario.

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  44. Naveed Murtaza says:
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    I am concerned about the government response to the jobs for disable peoples. I have personal experience; I passed written tests and interviews for three Government of Canada jobs, through public service commission. They put me in pools, and I am in the pools now for3 months to more than one year, but no hiring manager is interested in hiring disable peoples. As I asked from the pool managers, did they receive any request for disable peoples, they replied no, they did not receive any request. Will you please do something for the disable peoples who full fill all the requirements and passed the tests for Federal Jobs?

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  45. Duane says:
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    WOW! I have been reading many of these stories and they bring me to tears. I am 38 and have multiple sclerosis. I use a walker – fatigue – numbness – twitches – bad sleep etc – sucks.

    After reading all these issues it made me wonder – shouldn´t we have one governing agancy that specifically looks after the interest of dissabled people? Like – who represents us? Healthy members of government? It makes no sense! I think we need a voice! What do you guys think about it?

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  46. Mildred Cantarero says:
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    I AM 38 YEAR OLD FEMALE THAT I HAVE A DESEASE COLD MITOOCHNDRIAS THS DESEA WITH THIS DEASE MY BODY IS SO WEAK THAT I CANT WALK AND ALL THE TIME I FEEL TIRED BECAUSE MY BODY IS SO WEAK AND CAN NOT DO ANYTIGN BY MY SELF. I HAVE THREE KIDS AND I HAVE TO LOOK FOR THEM BECAUSE MY BODY IS SO WEAK AND CAN NOT WALK. NOW I HAVE THIS DISABILITY THAT I HAVE TO DEAL WITH EVERYDAY .THE PROBLEM I HAVE IS THAT I DO NOT RECIEVE TYPE OF BENE FITS FROM THE GOVERMENT. I APPLY FOUR TIMES TO THE GOVERMENT AND THEY DO NOT HELP AT ALL, I KNOW THAT THE GOVERMENT HELP PEOPLE LIKE THE PEOPLE WHO LIVES IN STREET AND THE PEOPLE WHO REALLY NEEDS THE GOVERMENT DO NOT HELP. I LIVE IN BRITISH COLUMBIA AND I THINK THAT IT IS GOOD THAT THEY HAVE A PROGRAM THAT HELP PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES AND THEY DO SHOULD DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT BECAUSE I NEED HELP WITH MONEY FOR ME TO SURVEY. THANKS FOR TAKING TIME FOR READYDING MY NOTE.

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  47. Barbara Joy says:
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    The Disability Tax Credit Certificate that doctors must fill out doesn’t seem geared to people with invisible brain disorders such as schizophrenia but rather deals with questions relating to walking ability, dressing, feeding and so on which people with schizophrenia usually don’t exhibit. But if such a person’s memory is impaired – because of antipsychotic drugs or the illness itself – to the point where he can’t remember instructions from one minute to the next, then he is unable to work since employers wouldn’t put up with it. This is a serious disability. Therefore, I think the last page of the certificate should be revamped to include items more suitable for people with mental illness.

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      I’m happy to hear from you Barbara!

      I understand where you are coming from. The process and paper work to secure government benefits is challenging. That is why assistive programs like the NBA exist to serve thousands of Canadians who find themselves in similar situations. In fact, we have been able to process a number of successful applications for individuals who then received the maximum benefits they deserve.

      Let the NBA know if we can help you with this. Specialists are prepared to answer all your questions and supply you with the information you desire.

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  48. joe says:
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    There needs to be more Coop Adult Nightschool programs in accounting/business/teaching/trades available for those that want it; which will be a lot of people thanks to the economy

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      the govt. will never support that it makes way to much sense

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  49. calvin madden says:
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    I have been on cpp disability for one year now. My condition is getting worse and the medicl proffesion cannot do any more for me, in fact i’ve been classified as a non responder. There is a program out there that is supposed to bring your earnings up to the current cost of living. I looked it up and you need to be 60 years old to qualify. I have four more months before I reach the required age. I have had extreme probablems trying to make ends meet. My cpp pays me $952.00 a month. By the time I pay my rent and monthly car insurance, hydro, phone,and other nessaties there is no money for food or anything like used clothes etc. Food and gas are climbing at an enormus rate. Is there any program available to help with the rising cost of living. God help me if something unexpected arrises. Respectfully Calvin Madden

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  50. joe says:
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    we need more Adult COOP nightschool in Mississauga

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  51. Paul Gobin says:
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    I’m on disability. I had a motorcycle accident and received brain damage along with physical limitations that will only get steadily worse during my life. Because of my ailments, I’ve been labelled as Totally disabled and any job I try to hold, ends up firing me because of my limitations. I’ve had some companies actually tell me, “When your disability heals, we might hire you back, but for now, you’re fired.” I receive CPP disability each month, but it’s barely enough to live on, and yet they take income tax off of it. They say I get a deduction in my income tax, but they have made that so I only can claim a portion of it. I fail to see how they expect us to live when they give us almost nothing in a check each month, and yet want us to pay income tax on it too. Living each day, feeling like I’m lower than a normal person is bad enough, without having the Gov’t. rubbing my face in it by taking away any money that I might have to enjoy life with. Income tax should be exempt for anyone on disability. Native people are exempt from paying it, so why shouldn’t someone who has had to suffer for their entire life not receive the same benefits? I know a native person can work full time, and doesn’t have to pay GST or income tax. I’d like the same benefits as people who can work full time.

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    After reading these pages I recall the blocks I reached in applying for CPP Disability in 04 and 05, after being informed of severe arthroalgia along with other past diagnosis. The wait is not to long for CPP if all medical reports are complete then there is no excuse for delaying disabled support after confirmation. This support is reliable but not sufficient , so I applied for AISH as well, as suggested by my Doctor, which took about a year, twice the length of waiting time than CPP Disability to receive.
    The only draw back to this is that the provincial program does not allow full support if another source of income is available such as CPP, and one is discouraged from looking for work or doing any work, as each months income is required to be reported.
    Having a limited income of this sort limits ones options for living accommodations. All subsidized apts. offer about the same low quality lifestyles to handicapped and moving into a better situation is about impossible. Hope I don’t get thrown out anyways.

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  53. Barb says:
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    I have been diagnosed with FMS & CFS. When I can leave my apartment, which isn’t often because I’m always too exhausted to go anywhere, I have to use a walker. I spend most of the day layng on my sofa or time on my pc. I have managed to get a 2nd-hand pc from a friend & find it helps me in many ways to get the assistance I require & find out what is available out there. I haven’t been able to work for 18 yrs & have been on disability so money is tight! Is there anywhere to get assistance to pay for internet service? I am presently taking away from my food-budget in order to keep online. Thanx & take care.

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  54. Renegade says:
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    Thanks for the clear-headed opinion. My friend and I were preparing to do some examination about that. We got a nice book on that matter from our local library and numerous books are less informative as your site. I am pleased to discover such information that I have been searching for a long while. :)

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  55. Jerald Dufresne says:
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    I read all of these great things the government does for Seniors or Disabled and all it is good for is to infuriate. I have been disabled due to accidents in my youth and working and playing while young. Unfortunately over the years these injuries have interfered with my mobility to the point where walking a few hundred feet has become unbearable.In the past year or two with age and pain I no longer drive and am forced to depend on the charity of friends or relatives to shop or keep Dr. appointments. About year ago my doctors recommended a scooter and at 72 I thought a great idea this would keep me out of a Seniors home and allow me my freedom. I went to the government for aid and was directed to CCac a young lady visited me and informed me there was no help available for outside travel after inquiring if I could bend my legs??? I found this amazing that a Doctor would give me a prescription for a scooter so that I could be helped to keep my independence by reciving government help in purchasing a mobility device and then some person whom is a social agentcould refuse me but leave me with the impression that they would help me with indoor mobility devices.
    I am in my 70′s and am surviving Old age pension and cannot afford a 3 or 4 thousand dollar expense dor a mobility device . I am now faced with a Home where I have no freedom or indepence and cannot afford or stay home??
    Sure would appreciate some help without resorting to the playing the game as I have been informed one must do to receive some assistance.

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  56. Debi Yorke says:
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    I am on CPPD and now have lost my Blue Cross coverage, and my prescriptions are over 450.00 a month. I was very lucky, my common law spouse had me on his blue cross, and it was only good for two years after his death, and he passed away in Sept 09. I am told that Family Pharmacare is going to cost me over 800.00 per years plus 20% of all prescriptions. No dental, eye or ambulance. Never mind the physio that I have been attending now for over 15 years to help reduce the back pain.

    I have contacted Blue Cross and they want 588.00 per month. Imagine trying to pay for that on Disability. If anyone has any answers I would appreciate hearing back. I live in NS, and think I have exhausted all my options.
    Thanks
    Debi

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  57. William Fortuna says:
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    Oct.05/2011

    RE; Dissibility Exsperiance :

    I have been diagnose with crushed vertibrea + c-7 disk displacement & un able to repair without 90 percent possibility of being parlized + c-6 disk displacement & un able to repair without 90 percent possibility of being parlized + crushed tailbone .

    These injuries came from car accidents in Ontario , two to be exact =

    Mar.04/2004 – truck ran me off of one of the serounding roads , on my way back to work / picking up McDonalds for dinner / 5 minutes away from work :
    This person was charged for fialing to yeld thr right of way , failing to give on comming trafic the right of way + improper lain changed and
    The Union laywer introduced me to his montor the guy whom caused the accident after repcenting me before we go to court / Never even got to the courts because he was on the other side as well as mine .
    Misrepction by the Laywer . torne ligimids in thr neck + crushed vertibrea + c-6 disk + c-7 disk

    No repcentation

    Nov.6/2001- Woman lost control of her van on the 401 going east / she hit a pothole and the van bounced sideways infrount of the tractor trailer that was beside me and then bounced infrount of me at 120 kls / a quick dission I swerved left into cenent berriors and went under her mini van / olsmobile right off + lower back injury ( tail bone ) My forman was behind me and seen everything

    No repcentation

    That was the most frustation . No repcention !

    Now ! after 10 years after the first accident I have been told that I will have this problem for the rest of my life .+
    Now! after 07 years of the second accident I have been told that I will have the upper pain for the rest of my life

    CPM Doctor is perscribing morphine + antriptine stomic pills & pain killers

    Canadian medical coverage in Nova Scotia does not cover the medicine costs , my last quote on meds was over $ 1574.36 per month I cannot aford that as a single parent of a 15 year old boy .
    My medical dissibility pays $ 1074.00 per month , so that is impossible .

    Alternatives : Except mindisable marijuna as the cesmit meds replacement . OK wev will try !

    Offered to me as free maraujna program from a designated grower .

    Duriation of application since 2010 and sitll not oked by Government but okied by doctor to eat & smoke if needed , still waiting

    General activities : wash dishes , tractor mow lawn 1.5 acures

    wash clothing washing mashine , sweep and mop floors vaccume every second day .
    Groceries and school meetings with teachers .

    Everything that I was not doing when working / well actually I was doing this back then as well .

    No more schying with my son / no activities with quick motions / or instant pain and into tears / I am ashamed for that because I was always in good shape and healed from stiches but this baCK PAIN IS NOW 5 TIMES AS BAD AS THE TIME OF ACCIDENT .

    Now to try to live as I am in pain every day and on some very strong medicine and tat does not get rid of the pain / All I can do now is to try to cope .

    My doctor knows from catscan how bad it is inside of me .

    The good thing :

    2001 – accident , by swerving into cement berrior I saved the life of a mother and daughter in car seet in the back .

    2004- accident ., by swerving I saved the arm of the other driver whom cut me off Passinger arm was outside the truck as he cut me off

    Not even a thanks , but live my life in pain .
    hard to except. many bad thoughts go threw my mind and I try hard to hold things togeather for my son ;.
    This is what I keep on living rather than thinking justice is unfair and no justice was served .

    Howv would that make you feel ? and you would know how I feel .

    My only thanks goes to my doctors whom is trying to get me medicine as needed to deal with what I have to deal with .

    Crell world / many thoughts but I try to control my anger . I will keep on trying to get things known so that someone may help

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  58. D says:
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    Hi, frustrated with all of this……I happen to be a woman who has not worked enough in the past few years and told I probably won’t be able to receive disability benefits—and there apparently is another program for disability but you have to be on welfare for one year in order to apply for it! Well, I don’t need to go on welfare—so that counts me out., My husband makes enough (on paper only) but we have bills for everything and now all this medication for me we just hurt. So the only way I can get this is if I am a single parent on welfare…..does not make sense!I can’t contribute, I can’t help, I can’t work….what are people like me supposed to do!? Government needs to step up and address the fact that people with disabilities are people too–they need to feel they can do something!@

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  59. Ivan R. Hill says:
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    I have read with interest the comments about CPP. My story with them is this. I have been on disability and collecting (teir max) CPP since 1994 with major back and leg problems. In 1998 the mother of my children passed away with brain and lung cancer, so I applied for HER CPP. After all she paid into it for several yeras and it is a pension plan is it not? I was really surprised to hear their reply and which was repeated later by my MP at the time. “Sorry you are receiving the maximum allowed under CPP” When I mentioned that the mother of my children had PAID into this plan why should I not be able to receive it. The reply again was ” you receive the maximum allowed under CPP and the benitits your late wife would have received is now OURS”. Needless to say I no longer believe anything my government at any level tells me. I had to end up selling my house in Toronto (benefit) and moving to a small rural community, ( another benefit) but away from my children and grand children.

    Ivan.

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  60. Adi says:
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    Hello, I am living with a leg disability I have sustained from a motorcycle accident in 2008. I have severe sciatic nerve pain from my back down to my toes all day everyday. I also have a drop foot which is my disability having lost all of my feeling and function in my toes and foot with no motor functions. I am currently living on student loans and my parents but I cannot live depending on them forever. I am not getting any monthly income from anyone. Can anyone please help me out and point me in the right direction as I am at an dead end and don’t know what to do anymore. Thank you for reading and I hope some can help me out.

    Adi

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  61. Mike Varma says:
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    My late wife Bimlawati suffered from Wegener’s granulomatosis, was diabetic. She was diagonised with Wegener’s
    back in 1991. I used to do our own income tax and was not aware of claiming disability deduction. When I realized
    this could be claimed, I then went to a tax consultant. He claimed the disability on her tax return but was rejected by the CRA. She passed away at a very young age of 55.
    On July 08, 2011 I received a letter from CRA stating that Bimlawati was eligible for the DTC for 2001. I could claim the DTC up to 10 years back (2001) I have to file a completed form T1-ADJ (T1 Adjustment Request”. Unfortunately, we did not have a will because I never thought she will leave me so soon. She passed away on March 10.
    As requested by CRA, it cost me $100.00 for my lawyer stating the I am the spouse of late Bimla and am entitled to deal with her estate in accordance with the law. The response I got from CRA “We cannot process your request since we do have a complete signed photocopy of the will or legal document in our file”.
    I consulted with my lawyer and was told that to go through this process, it will cost me approx. $3,000.00. I am 64 and in poor health and depression after my wife’s death. My wife and myself have paid into government coffers for 35 and 38 years. Is this how the government treat the taxpayers?
    I have now lost all confidence and trust in the government. I don’t trust most politicians because they do not represent the taxpayers.
    I now need your help and advise as to where I go from here.

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  62. Cindy Lyall says:
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    I have been on disability for nearly 11 years now for depression and post traumatic sress disorder. I was quite disappointed to find out that when the Government introduced the savings plan I was too old for it. I believe it should have been made available to all of us. I was only in my mid fourtys at the time.

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  63. Cindy Lyall says:
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    I have been on disability for nearly 11 years now. I suffer from depression and post traumatic stress disorder. I was quite disappointed to find out that I was too old to participate in the savings program the Government introduced a few years back. I believe it should have been make available to all people on disability. I was only in my mid fourtys at the time. That is quite a far ways from 60 or 65.

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  64. Darlene Hatchette says:
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    I have been receiving benefits from CPP for about 7 years. My husband is also receiving it. What other money is there to go after? If it’s just a reduction in taxes, we have enough medical bills to wipe out any potential taxes.

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  65. Elida says:
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    Hey there…

    I have a disability hearing (I hope my final one), this Wednesday…I have been waiting 5 years for an approval…The Social Benefits Tribunal has made more mistakes than I care to say…except for the last one…they said it would be beneficial to me to have my hearing held in Toronto (I live in Newmarket)…It was scheduled last Jan….when I got there my lawyer was told by the adjudicator that his assistant was away today and he forgot to leave my file…I said “can’t someone go upstair and get it?…the answer: apparently not…now I’ve waited 9 long months with 5 years of paperwork, 2 doctors reports and a legal aid lawyer….I have read their rules and regulations and what they base giving someone disability for….I definately am disabled….but 5 years and it is still going on…
    I know in my heart that I am going to be turned down…..If I am, I just don’t know what I am going to do!!!!..I was on Social Assistance…they cut me off because I had to have an RRSP unlocked due to financial hardship…I only took a small amount out in 2 different months out of 12…I claimed the money and when they found out they cut me off…I will never go back on Social Assistance again!!!…has anyone out there waited this long and been put thru so much bull! (oh yeah, 2 years ago I was told I got lost in the system!…wow…no one at the Tribunal could even tell me why that happened….so I am in agony with severe osteoarthritis and other medical conditions every single day and I don’t know how I am going to get thru this hearing…

    Elida

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  66. MARC R. LARAMEE says:
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    I HAVE WORKED ALL MY LIFE, GOING BACK TO THE AGE OF 11. I HAVE PAID TAXES ALL MY LIFE, AND HAVE NEVER RECEIVED A SINGLE CENT. I, IN 2006 APPLIED FOR CPP-DISABILITY BENEFITS, WITH NO LUCK. I WAS DENIED, I APPEALED, THEN DENIED, & FROM THERE I COULD HAVE GONE TO A TRIBUNAL, BUT I DID NOT HAVE THE JUICE IN ME TO CONTINUE! TO DATE, I LIVE ON MEDICATIONS, INCLUDING HAVING TO PAY FOR THEM, THROUGH MY WIFE! THANK GOODNESS SHE HAS A GOOD JOB! I AM RESPONSIBLE FOR 50% OF HOUSEHOLD BILLS, BUT SINCE 2001, HAVE NOT CONTRIBUTED TO HOUSEHOLD EXPENSES. I AM A T2201 DISABILITY STATUS, WHICH HELPS MY WIFE PAY SOME EXPENSES, BUT THAT’S IT! I NEED HELP, SOMEHOW? MY PHONE# 204-878-3071. I WOULD BE GREATFUL, FOR GUIDENCE, HELP, AND WHATEVER IS AVAILABLE FINANCIALLY SO I CAN HELP MY WIFE. I FEEL USELESS IN LIFE, AS I AM SUPPOSE TO BE THE BREAD-WINNER. I AM NOT PROUD OF MY SITUATION, BUT I DO NOT KNOW MY GENETIC BACKGROUND, AS I WAS ADOPTED FROM BIRTH IN 1961. I LIVE WITH PAIN 24/7 & DEPEND ON PAINKILLERS,METFORMIN, AVALIDE, CLONAZAPAN,WATER-TABLET,& THE LIST GOES ON.

    KIND REGARDS,
    MARC LARAMEE

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    • Disability Living says:
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      Hi Marc. Thank you for writing. I recommend calling the NBA. They help people in your situation all the time by filing successful DTC claims. If you haven’t spoken with specialists about how they can assist you, now is the time to do so. There may be options for you.

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  67. jon maycock says:
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    spinal cord injury 32 years ago..complete paraplegic..hrdc said it was not severe or prolonged 3 separate times!..10 years and thousands of dollars for a lawyer after a tribunal where all they did was talk about my service dog..i finnally got my cpp disabilty..hire a lawyer is the only way to fight [this]!..thats what you all got to look forward to!

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  68. jacqueline says:
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    i have had health problems now since i was about 18 i am now 39 i have mudullary spounge kidney disease chronic depression carpeltunnel in both wrists degenitive disc disease irritable bowels arthritis bad foot pain joint pains migrains all the time and the list goes on..but no one seems to want to help me i have not been aproved dissability i even faught it i also have a learning dissability and was in a special ed class grade 1 through 8 and dropped out in grade 9 i was failing everything i dont know what to do anymore i have tryed just about everything i know to do can someone please help me maybe guide me someplace where they might be able to help me

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  69. janice dhillon says:
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    hello i have had bipolar 1 since my child was born in 1990 my husband worked for 26 years paying taxes husband left me 3 yiears.my bipolar is getting worse. i have spend many nights crying.i h cannot work due to the illness.right now my mom and dad take care of me.they are both 90 pars old.i am 51 and my parents are caring for me.my greatest fear is what will happen when they are deceased. during this illness i have atttempted suicide 2 times.i have also stayed in the hospital.i pray with all my heart that i would be accepted for some finanacial help/this illness has taken my life away and i wis i was never born.thankyou janice

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  70. janice dhillon says:
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    ih have been suffering from bipolar 1 since my in 1990daughter was born .my husband worked fulltime for 24 years.my husband left me 3 years ago .he no loonger live my illness.since then i depend on my parents for everything.i am 50 years old and my parents are 90 years old.i cannot drive due to all the medication.my greatest fear is what will happend when my parents decease.in the past i have had 2 suicide attemtsl.ive been in the hosppital 3 times.i am not living just surviiving.i have problems paying all my billsl i worry and live a stresslife.i pray you can help me at this time since i am fearing for the worst.thanks janice

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    • Disability Living says:
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      Janice, don’t fear the worst!! Keep hope alive. Call the NBA to discuss your situation with a specialist as soon as you are able. There is help out there for you.

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  71. Christine Hatvani says:
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    Could someone be able to help me. I need information on Education Grant in Ontario for my son. He has exceptional reading disorder and has been identified by Revenue Canada and through the school board as well. Can someone tell me what grants will he be able to apply for when he attends Collage in September 2012.

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    Hello can I use some of the information found in this post if I link back to you?

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  73. Jennifer says:
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  74. Jay says:
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    I have a parent on ODSP & Peel Housing due to disabilities. A sibling lives with them, and is registered as their caregiver. Their financial situation is very bad, and they are in a downword spiral & have been so for many years. The more money my sibling makes working, they deduct it from my parent. So bills go unpaid and sibling has to help out more with their own money. My sibling wants very much to move out to finish school and get their own place. We are concerned that our parent will be put in a facility, or their situation will be worse if they leave or are given another caregiver. I would like to ask what options are available for my parent. Any tips would help as we would really like to alleviate this situation before it gets any worse.

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  75. Mandy Gaudet says:
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    I am a 54 year old woman on cpp,who just had her common law husband go into a severe reaction to wasp stings and is now on life support and has no hope of recovery. There is no savings. I am unable to pay rent for my current house. And need to move by the end of this month. I am distraught with worry and need help and support. Please advise me of any programs that might help me. Most programs require a death certificate. And as there is no certainty of when he will leave me and this life I am lost as to what to do. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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