"TELLING OUR STORIES: Disability Should Not Equal Poverty" Report Released

236 people from all over Ontario who receive ODSP shared their struggles to survive with the ODSP Action Coalition.  Their stories are summarized and quoted in a report released today, July 7 2010, at Toronto's Metro Hall. 

The report is organized around the themes of

  • Adequacy: Living with Dignity;
  • Aspirations:  Education & Employment
  • Stress & Social Interaction
  • Beyond the Basics
  • Program "Service"
  • Program Design

Running throughout the six categories are overlapping values and needs expressed: independence, choice, health and dignity.

The Coalition will be using this report, based on the lived experiences of the people who shared their stories, along with our Disability Declaration, in our advocacy work to push for an improved system of income and employment support for people with disabilities.

Here is the full text of the report:

TELLING OUR STORIES: DISABILITY SHOULD NOT EQUAL POVERTY