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New Committee Advising Ministry of Health

CPA Ontario - July 23, 2017 - 7:31pm

In June 2017, as part of our Accessible Healthcare for All campaign, Spinal Cord Injury Ontario worked with the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care to reinstate a committee to provide strategic advice about serving people with physical disabilities. This is an important committee as the Ministry rolls out its Patients First Transformation Plan.

The Provincial Liaison Committee for Persons with a Physical Disability will provide strategic advice to the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care about priorities for health care and service delivery related to individuals with physical disabilities.


Many individuals with physical disabilities require supports to complete activities of daily living that enable them to overcome barriers and live independently. 

Government healthcare policies need to consider barriers to accessing health care services, including primary care and home and community care supports to enable timely and appropriate care. With the introduction of the Patients First legislation, focused on enabling greater integration across the health care system and strengthening home and community care, opportunity exists to ensure that new initiatives and implementation of policies take into account the needs of individuals with physical disabilities. 

The committee will provide advice to the ministry on the unique needs of individuals with physical disabilities to help inform health policies from this perspective. The committee will leverage prior work and conduct research, as well as build on recent consultations with stakeholders and representatives of the community of people with physical disabilities to share with the ministry. 

The objectives of the committee include:

  • Informing the ministry about issues and trends within the community of people with physical disabilities and the community services sector
  • Advising the ministry on the development of health care transformation initiatives and policies as they relate to Ontarians with physical disabilities 

Membership as follows...

Co-Chair: Jane Sager, Director - LHIN Liaison Branch, Health System Accountability and Performance Division (HSAPD),  MOHLTC

Co-Chair: Peter Athanasopoulos, Senior Manager, Public Policy & Government Relations - Spinal Cord Injury Ontario

Co-Chair: Michael Mathieson, President -  Board of Directors, Ontario Association of Independent Living Service Providers

Phil Graham, Director - Primary Health Care Branch, HSAPD, MOHLTC

Joanne Thanos, Manager - Health Equity Branch, Strategic Policy and Planning Division, MOHLTC

Amy Olmstead, Director - Home and Community Care Branch, HSAPD, MOHLTC

Stuart Howe, Chief Executive Officer - Spinal Cord Injury Ontario

Sandra Carpenter, Executive Director   - Centre for Independent Living in Toronto

Gordana Skrba, Executive Director (Interim) - Ontario Federation for Cerebral Palsy

Andria Spindel, President and Chief Executive Officer - March of Dimes Canada

Julia Dumanian, President and Chief Executive Officer - Canadian Hearing Society

John M. Rafferty, President and Chief Executive Officer - Canadian National Institute for the Blind

Len Baker, Regional Vice President, Ontario and Quebec - Canadian National Institute for the Blind

Brian Dunne, Executive Director - Participation House Support Services

TBD - Citizens with Disabilities Ontario

TBD - Ontario Network of Independent Living Centres

Blog Topic: Accessible Healthcare
Categories: Community Zone

Getting Doctors to Join Our Network

CPA Ontario - June 13, 2017 - 5:13pm

Over the last month, we have had numerous discussions with the Ontario Government regarding our Accessible Healthcare Campaign. The government is listening and working with us to achieve our goals. To view our presentation, see our last blog entry: http://www.sciontario.org/node/11439

What we learned quite quickly in our meetings, was that we need to build the plan together with the Ontario Government. Only then will the government understand what resources we need to support our community. So where do we start?

TO START – We need to build a network of primary care doctors who are willing to join together to give and receive support, resources and advice on serving people with spinal cord injuries in the best possible way.

AT YOUR NEXT DOCTOR'S VISIT - Ask your doctor to join our network!


  1. Connect you to knowledge, expertise, and resources about SCI
  2. Link you to our SCI Mobility Clinic to access tools and physician support for your patients
  3. Provide direct consult to specialists in SCI and Researched Best Practice 
  4. Offer you the opportunity to access our ForaHealthyMe Application. 
  5. Advocate for your examining room to be fully accessible 
  6. Join us in a meeting to address gaps in support, like physician billing, with the MOHLTC. 
  7. Regular updates on the progress we are making in creating supports for SCI and other physical disabilities under the Patience First Act
  8. A member of the Spinal Cord Injury Ontario community

EMAIL - advocacy@sciontario.org We will get this process started with you!

If you don’t have a primary care doctor OR if your doctor’s office is NOT wheelchair accessible (and your doctor is willing to make it accessible) we can help with these issues, too. 

Once we build a network of local primary care doctors willing to serve our community, we then can work together to ensured that everyone in our community is better served.

#Accessible #Healthcare

Blog Topic: Accessible Healthcare
Categories: Community Zone

Presentation to Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care

CPA Ontario - May 30, 2017 - 12:00am

A meeting was held on March 31, 2017 with representatives from the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC). We shared our findings from the Summit and community engagement event (our webinar with the telehealth network and a live audience). Our goal was to begin further dialogue between the Ministry and Spinal Cord Injury Ontario, the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation, the Centre for Family Medicine Family Health Team, and other stakeholders wishing to advance research, care, and innovation in primary care for people with spinal cord injuries. Our presentation is attached.

Blog Topic: Accessible Healthcare
Categories: Community Zone
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