Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Preview In Their Own Words - the fifth estate

Watch "In their Own Words" on CBC's the Fifth Estate, March 18 - 9pm

Use your voice to let your MLA know that you value the lives of people with intellectual disabilities and their caregivers. Find your MLA on Facebook, give them a call or write them an email with the following message (copy and paste)

I am against warehousing people in institutions.  I value and respect people with disabilities and I am for inclusive community living.  The McNeil Liberal government promised at the beginning of their mandate to follow through with the plan outlined in CHOICE, EQUALITY  and GOOD LIVES  in INCLUSIVE COMMUNITIES (also known as The Roadmap for Change). As my representative I would like you to ensure this plan is implemented.

Nova Scotia still has 6 institutions and is still referring people to these institutions to live. This is an archaic model that isn't healthy for society, people with disabilities their families or caregivers.  Use your voice to make a difference.

Sunday, 13 March 2016

We Want to Create a "FRENZY"!!!

The Fifth Estate trailer is coming soon and we need YOU to share and retweet....


Over the years Advocating Parents of Nova Scotia has been on the news, the radio, national radio and in snippets on the national news.  You have been touched and engaged by the stories we shed light on.  We know this by all of the liking, sharing, commenting and retweeting you do on our social media!

On March 18, 2016 the Fifth Estate will be presenting an investigative report on the lack of services and the breakdown in the social system for Nova Scotians with disabilities.


We would like everyone in Nova Scotia (and Canada !!) to watch the Fifth Estate.  Successive governments have been using your tax dollars to keep institutions alive and well in this province. This is NOT a best practice across Canada or across the world. The hope is that there will be renewed political will to create inclusive community living for all people with disabilities in Nova Scotia.

How can YOU help? Easy as 1-2-3

1. Go to Advocating Parents Facebook & Twitter
 Share our post with your:
Facebook friends & Twitter followers
neighbours & friends
that Nova Scotia will be featured on the Canadian national program The Fifth Estate.
Go to Advocating Parents of Nova Scotia's

2. Watch The Fifth Estate on CBC at 9:00pm.

3. Contact your MLA and let them know you don't approve of warehousing people in institutions.

Find your MLA

Disclaimer: Sharing may cause all of Canada to watch.  The Nova Scotia government may change the way they handle cases of people with disabilities for the better. Who knows?

Saturday, 5 March 2016

Incredible Journey - Real Life

Brenda Hardiman, Chairperson, APNS
A Note From the Chair..... 

Awake early this morning anticipating my Fifth Estate Interview today. Feeling anxious and experiencing some anxiety. I'm thinking positive because often when I do ....the results ARE positive.
Thank you to all of my friends on and off facebook who supported me and my family during the last couple of years. Nichele would not be in such a kind loving home of her own, working as a housekeeper, and being an advocate and spokesperson to students at Junior High Schools in Nova Scotia. She speaks to students about not using the "R" word (retarded) and it's effect on people when it's used. She also speaks to her personal experiences of being forced to move into a large psychiatric institution and living in pure hell. Junior high schools learn about civil rights and she tells them how her civil rights were taken away and what that felt like. We all, by law, have choice on where and with whom we live.
The abuse she experienced while living in an institution was the hardest thing of all. The very people hired to care and protect are the very people who would almost destroy her.
Nichele is NOW in HER OWN home surrounded by caregivers that actually care.
So today I share our story with Canadians, hoping that in doing so, will promote change in Nova Scotia, close the 6 horrific Institutions and follow the roadmap for change. It is our hope that no other human being will be exposed to experience what our family was forced to experience .
Rather than waking up in a warm bed in her own home, Nichele could very well have been waking up, cold, in a different institution called jail, following in the footsteps of poor Ashley Smith.
I'm grateful for all of you.