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(Canada) Quebec: 'Tens of thousands' autistic adults on waitlist for housing

Jan 5, 2024, Montreal City News: Quebec housing waitlists for people with disabilities have never been worse: advocates

Four years of waiting and not much to show for it.

That’s how Montreal’s Harriet Sugar-Miller feels about her neurodivergent daughter’s situation. Caroline, 29, has been waiting for a spot in alternative group housing since at least 2020.

“There’s very, very little inventory out there,” Sugar-Miller said. “People are aging in place much longer. So, in all of the group homes, for example, most of the people are older. The younger people aren’t really getting spots.

“There are a lot more people being diagnosed with autism now, a developmental disability. The government over the past decade or so has done very little in the way of new housing.” As waitlists for seniors’ residences and home care grow, so are waitlists for care for adults with disabilities.

Sugar-Miller says Caroline’s spot on the waitlist has not advanced.

“We’re looking for housing within the community. We want inclusive housing,” she said. “We don’t want segregation. So, I know the government is about to open up a 72-bed facility, all for people with disabilities. That’s not what we want.

“We need the government entities to work together to create housing.”

Patients’ rights advocate Paul Brunet says in the last few decades, he’s never seen such lengthy waitlists.

“Tens of thousands of people waiting either for a bed in a long-term facility,” Brunet said. “And even for the ones who are registered, I have complaints of hours cut, services cut, re-evaluation, diminution of services....

Frustrated by a lack of services for neurodivergent young adults who were no longer in school, Sugar-Miller worked with other families to start the Alink Foundation.

“We proposed a project to the government. It’s called ‘cluster living,’” she said. “So it’s small groups of apartments within a larger apartment building that’s open to everybody with support on site. And we actually have gotten some government funding that would be available for the educators that we have working and living in the building.”

In the coming year, Sugar-Miller expects to set up 12 young adults to live in groups with a caregiver, but says she still wants to see movement on the waitlists.

“For us parents who are in our 70s, I know a mother who’s almost 80 still has her kid at home. It’s very, very hard as we age and have our own problems to also have to be taking care of our kids.”

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Aluminum-induced Encephalopathy (with 1P36 Gene Deletion Syndrome caused by CRISPR technology in v---cines, decades predating the 2020 ones, with Aluminum-aided Nanotechnology) - is that what "Neurodiversity" truly is this entire time? 1P36 deletion syndrome (mild, full, or partial, depending on ASD severity?) deletes or supresses the frontal lobe, and creates cognitive/intellectual disabilities, aggression/tendency to bite and biting (similar to Zombies you see in TV and Resident Evil/Left 4 Dead or other games - will also happen to those who accept the mark/Charagma of Trump, unless they pray and fast against it), uncontrollable and violent behaviors that cannot be controlled by the patient, impaired social interaction etc.

1P36 Deletion/Partial Deletion is essentially the 'zombie virus' in real form ('viruses' are dead…

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