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Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International
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About:
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The Invisible Institutions: Database of Disability Institutions in Canada is a project that began when Megan Linton tried to answer the question: “Where do disabled people live in Canada?”. Frustrated with a lack of answers that became increasingly imperative as COVID-19 ravaged residential institutions, Megan began working with Carleton’s COVID-19 Tracing Project. Presently, there is no disaggregated data on cases, quality of life, deaths, outbreaks, or vaccination status of institutionalized disabled people in Canada.
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http://datalibre.ca/2021/02/18/invisible-people-and-institutions-no-data-about-custodial-institutions-for-disabled-people-in-canada/
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Key Facts:
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There is no national nor provincial dataset / inventory of residential service homes, congregate institutions or custodial housing for disabled people in Canada.
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Residents in these homes cannot meet the 2 meter physical distance requirements as their shared rooms and spaces are too small
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People who live in residential service homes share bedrooms and bathrooms, placing residents in the highest risk category of a COVID-19 outbreak.
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Adults with intellectual disabilities are more likely to die or experience serious complications from COVID-19 as compared to the rest of the population, in England Disabled people account for 6 in 10 COVID-19 deaths (BBC, Feb. 11, 2021)
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Custodial institutions are:
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a physical building at a specific location
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full-time living situations (not drop-in)
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May be licensed and inspected by municipalities
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for individuals with mental health and/or psychiatric disabilities; developmental disabilities; physical disabilities; unhoused people
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privately operated (by a business or possibly non-profit)
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For adults--not children
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Lists are often organized on municipal scales
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Apply to each home individually
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Custodial institutions are NOT (if the institutions DOES NOT appear here, it is likely a Custodial Institution):
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long term care homes (as registered by ON gov) http://www.health.gov.on.ca/en/public/programs/ltc/home-finder.aspx
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group homes (as registered through DSO) https://www.dsontario.ca/resources/housing/welcome-to-the-dso-housing-toolkit
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retirement homes (as regsitered through RHRA) https://www.rhra.ca/en/retirement-home-database/
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