The picture above, as well as the italicized text below are from the CBC article Mother threatens to leave disabled daughter at minister's office. In essence the mother Linda Murphy desperate for a home for her developmentally delayed daughter Ashley threatened to leave her at the office of the Ontatrio Deputy Minister of Community and Social Services. The CBC web page has the full story including some of the political discussion around the issue of adult care services for persons with special care needs.
Any action by a parent to find a home for their adult autistic or developmentally delayed children is often met with strong criticism from people who don't know the families involved or the challenges they face. In this case I know this family from when they lived here in Fredericton beffore moving to Ontario. Linda's daughter Ashley used to swim here in the Nashwaaksis Middle School the same pool, on occasion at the same time, as the pool my son Conor loves to swim in. Linda Murphy is an excellent mother. I say that as someone who knows this family and I say that as someone who faces similar challenges in the years to come.
Well done Linda, well done.
An Ontario mother desperate to find permanent care for her developmentally disabled daughter, threatened to leave the 20-year-old at the office of Ontario Deputy Minister of Community and Social Services Marg Rappolt. Linda Murphy of Arnprior, Ont., a small community outside Ottawa, arrived at the office Tuesday morning to drop off her daughter Ashley and then return home. The office, however, is closed as Rappolt is currently on vacation.The former minister, Linda Jeffrey, stepped down to run for mayor of Brampton, Ont., earlier this year.
Murphy arrived at the office Tuesday morning, and went to the 6th floor with a change of clothes for her daughter and a care plan. Her daughter just graduated high school, but is said to have the mental capacity of a two-year-old. Murphy vowed to leave her there. Murphy has been trying for years to get Ashley into a group home. She was asked to wait outside Rappolt's office, then four Ontario Provincial Police officers arrived to tell her they weren't allowed to be there. Murphy was then ushered into a boardroom where she met with senior staff. She said after years of trying she finally got what she wanted: her daughter placed in a home. She said she had been told as recently as last week that was not possible. .... A space for Ashley has been found at an Ottawa area group home. Murphy said she's disappointed it took drastic action, but is grateful to finally have her daughter in a home.