Mar 6, 2015

Its time to reclaim what makes us feel safe

Its is worth repeating, sometime ago Hall members talked about our right to home. 
We created a top 10 list. 
And it is now one of our calls to action (listed below) is to remind MLAs in a letter writing campaign what the rules really need to be.

Its time to remind the government what we think makes a home a home. 

Its time to not accept that its ok for the government to tell us where we can and cannot live.
Its time we share what really keeps us safe...

We deserve the right...
  • To choose where live
  • To have our homes safe, affordable, accessible and disability friendly  
  • To have enough money to afford a decent place to live.  
  • To feel safe and be free from abuse.  
  • To make personal choices about our diet, what we do in our home, its cleanliness, and so on.  
  • To choose who comes into our homes, including friends, family, and support staff.  
  • To get the support we need and to know what support we can get.  
  • To have privacy.
  •  To choose if and with whom we share our home (including children and pets), and to decide together how we will share. 
  • To know our rights.  
  • To know what to do if we are unhappy.

1. Call to Action: Get Informed

Last night the Disability Action Hall also began conversations about the poorly written PDD Safety Standards regulation. We were joined by Chris Rowley from the South who shared many questions self-advocates shared with their safety standards session. The talk can read on the SAIPA website.  

We were also very fortunate to be joined by MLA Linda Johnson who patiently listen to our concerns about the PDD Safety Standards. 


Linda was very impressed many of the people have lived in their homes for more than 10 years. Linda also learned how hard service providers and families work to assist people with disabilities to live in the very best homes people can afford. 


Linda gave us the following advice on how we can make a difference: 


2. Call to Action: Write letters to you MLA


Get your landlords to write your MLA and also write to the MLAs where their properties are. 
Get your family members to write as well. Talk to MLAs. And in your letters include how long you have lived in your home.

If you want to know who your MLA is, please visit this link 

The Talks continue.
 Next week we will be meeting with Calgary PDD Region, ACDS and possibly the City of Calgary. 


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