Queen’s Park: Newmarket-Aurora MPP Frank Klees took his advocacy for Newmarket resident Shay Nakhdjavan to the floor of the legislature today, hoping to secure the much-needed residential care that medical specialists have been recommending for years.
Klees told the legislature that Shay was placed on a wait list for residential care when she was 14 years old. “She is now 34 years old” said Klees. “That’s 20 years on a wait list for someone who suffers from multiple health conditions including epilepsy and seizure disorder, Dravet syndrome, a severe brain disorder related to epilepsy, Cognitive delay, autism, diabetes and obesity.”
“Shay’s aging parents have done their best to provide care for her over the years” said Klees. “But because of their own health issues, this is becoming impossible.”
Klees called on the Minister of Community and Social Services to intervene on behalf of Shay and her parents to ensure that she gets the care that she needs.
Although the minister declined to comment on the specifics of this case in his response, Klees remains hopeful that the ministry will prioritize finding an appropriate placement for Shay.
“If it means providing one of the residential service providers with the additional resources that may be necessary to accommodate Shay’s complex needs, then that is what should be done” said Klees. “Needs such these should be prioritized and I will do everything I can to ensure that Shay and her family get the help they need.”
“Twenty years on a wait list is not only unacceptable, it is immoral” said Klees.
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