Doug Currie excited by disability review but does nothing
Doug Currie announces disability reform process
December 14, 2007 – Press Conference, The newly minted Minister of Social Services and Seniors responsible for persons with disabilities announces the Disability Services Review Committee as a response to the Liberal government’s commitment to disability reforms.
The review was to lead to improvements in the PEI Disability Support Program (PEI DSP), which deficiencies Disability Alert had made an election issue.
“That will probably mean more money,” replied Currie “We are very committed to this process. It was an election promise.”
Asked if the Government would spend new money to reform disability supports and services, the Minister said “this is a serious piece of business.” and he was “excited by the process.”
Two years later, the number of Islanders who qualify for assistance is still only 5% of Islanders with disabilities. Statistics Canada says that 20% of Islanders cannot afford to buy wheelchairs, walkers, hearing aids and other assistive devices they need. Continue reading