Forced into LongTerm Care at 49, my sister with Down syndrome wants apology. Please sign Teresa's Petition at

With the stroke of a pen, my disabled sister's human right to decide where she lives was wrongly taken away.

In a heart-breaking move, Teresa who has Down syndrome, was forced against her will into an old-age nursing home, by the CCAC and two of my siblings. Four days later, she was rescued by my 91-year old father who was "adamant" he did not want his daughter living in a nursing home. But then the nursing home called the police, in a shockingly callous and bizarre effort to force her back.

Teresa is demanding an apology from these two institutions, the CCAC and the Rekai Centre. This is a sorry mess. Her records show that the crisis list was manipulated to get Teresa to the very top, and placed in the nursing home. Her profile contained false information which made her appear to need 24/7 care. See the presentation I made with Teresa, to the Ontario Government's Select Committee:

Teresa’s story: Crisis, Capacity and Courage

By signing this petition you can help Teresa get an apology for the harm done to her. Teresa is asking the CCAC to apologize for wrongly taking away her human right to decide where she lives. Teresa is asking the Rekai Centre to apologize for calling the police in a completely unnecessary, intimidating and callous attempt to force her back into their institution.

We need a full apology from both institutions because this is not just about one person -- it's about standing up for and protecting the human rights of all people with disabilities.

We are getting traction -- 48 hours after we launched this petition, the CEO of the Toronto Central CCAC, Stacey Daub, responded with a public apology to Teresa on "I apologize for any part the Toronto Central CCAC contributed to this."

Teresa called the CCAC's apology "beautiful", but we have not won yet... The Rekai Centre has not responded. We need the Rekai Centre CEO, Mary Hoare, to offer a full and public apology for the harm they caused Teresa.

The truth is that if we had not rescued Teresa from the nursing home, she would have been living in an institution -- with no right to choose otherwise -- for the rest of her life. How could this happen in Canada? That's what Teresa and her supporters want to know.

And Teresa is not the only one being hurt. Developmentally disabled people are routinely being forced into inappropriate "care".

This is wrong. And it is having a catastrophic effect on the lives of so many people like Teresa.
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Video transcript:
My name is Teresa Pocock.
I'm 49 years old. And I am turning fifty.
I am a female.
I have Down Syndrome.

Last fall, the CCAC said I couldn't make my own decisions.
The CCAC said I couldn't decide where I live or who cares for me.
That was wrong.
It is my human right to decide.
I want the CCAC to say they are sorry.

Then in November, they put me into an old-age nursing home.
The Rekai Centre.
I did not want to be there. I was crying and scared.
So my Daddy signed me out.
And I went back home.

But then the Rekai Centre called the police
Trying to force me to come back.
Fortunately, the police said I was safe with my sister, Franke.

I want the Rekai Centre to say they are sorry.
I want the CCAC to say they are sorry.

It's my right to decide.

Please sign my petition at
Thank you.

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