Resolution #1:

CUPE Ontario will:

Urge the provincial government to include the cost of Continuous Glucose Monitoring Devices in the Assistive Devices Program, for children diagnosed with diabetes, who have received that recommendation from their endocrinologist. CGM’s measure the blood glucose levels in real time, day and night, through an electrode inserted under the skin to measure glucose levels in the tissue fluid, which is then sent to a monitoring and display device.

Because:

  • Provides valuable information 24/7 providing insight as to what impacts the child’s diabetes.
  • Monitors continuously as opposed to the snapshot obtained by traditional glucose meters.
  • This enables parents to perform the job of pancreas from a remote location.
  • The cost of the device and necessary supplies is approximately $8500.00 a year and most benefit plans will not cover this device or its supplies.
  • Because all children deserve the right to the best health care we can give them and this device improves the quality of life for diabetic children and their families.

Resolution 2:

CUPE Ontario will:

Lobby the government of Ontario to recognize support workers as essential to the daily lives of the individuals they support. Support workers should not be charged entry to public sporting events, community events and festivals, etc. as they are essential for the supported person to be out in the community. By charging support workers for admission to these things, it means the supported person pays for the support worker too, thereby paying twice as much to attend an event as any other member of the public. This is discriminatory to people with disabilities who require that support to participate in events and to be present in their community.

Because:

  • Support workers are an essential service for many people with disabilities.
  • It is discriminatory for people with disabilities and needing support to have to pay twice as much as anyone else to attend the same event, because they need that support.
  • Most supported individuals have a very limited income and this restricts their ability to join in.
  • Support workers are present to attend to that person and their needs, therefore they are at work.