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Ottawa, Apr 9 (Canadian-Media): About six million disabled Canadians's families had been not being able to get respite support due to the fears of contacting COVID19 have been challenged with increased isolation, media reports said.
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The families of Canadians have also been burdened to fill the gaps of the caregivers of this group including feeding, toileting as well as activities like reading or stretching throughout the day.
Concerned that Canada has not addressed financial support for this group in its Canadian Emergency Response Benefit (CERB), Krista Carr, executive director of the Canadian Association For Community Living (CACL), called the federal government to step up support for this vulnerable group.
"We really need to hear some statements about people with disabilities and their families, coming directly from the prime minister," said Carr.
Among the recommendations released by the CACL to the federal government is waiving the $5,000 earning requirement for people with disabilities who don't meet the minimum-income requirement.
Although some Canadian provinces have announced either new or increased monthly benefits for families taking care of a child with a disability, parents say there was a growing need to address isolation which money cannot fix.
Parents said there was a need for the creation of more online or virtual projects such as being offered by Active Souls Project in Kitchener, Ontario, an adaptive training facility in Ontario, offering rehabilitation, recreation and fitness programs for many physically or intellectually challenged.
After the mandatory closure of this facility last month due to COVID-19, Sascha King, owner, founder and coach of Active Souls Project, the facility have started to offer gym equipment at no charge so members can still exercise at home and have instructing them online
Active Souls Project also started a virtual buddy program to provide online respite support to family and caregivers who need a break.