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Ontario Government apologizes to Teresa Pocock: 4 Signs of Change

By Franke James, Teresa’s sister Vancouver, B.C., December 5, 2016 How does a Canadian with an intellectual disability fight back when their rights are violated? Four recent developments have me thinking optimistically about signs of change for Canadians with intellectual

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A Pretty Amazing Story in Megaphone Magazine

By Franke James for Megaphone Magazine Photo of Teresa Pocock by Zack Embree “Freedom” describes Teresa Pocock’s awakening as an artist and poet in the Downtown Eastside. When she draws, she is free. There is no filter. She doesn’t second

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I’m Living Proof that Ontario Goofed When They Disabled my Human Rights

I’m living proof that Ontario goofed when they disabled my human rights. Please sign my petition demanding an apology from the Ontario Government at Change.org Read the BC Civil Liberties letter to Ontario Ministry of Health re: Violation of Teresa Pocock’s Human Rights

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BCCLA writes to Ontario Ministry of Health re: Violation of Teresa Pocock’s #HumanRights

Who is willing to stand up to defend and assert the human rights of the intellectually disabled? A tragic wrong occurred when Teresa Pocock was forced into an Ontario long-term care home in 2013 against her will. Despite Teresa’s many

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Book Launch: Pretty Amazing: How I Found Myself in the Downtown Eastside

“I am alive! I am reborn in Gastown!” says author and artist Teresa Pocock. Teresa is defying the “health care system” that wrongly labelled her “incapable” two years ago when she lived in Ontario. In 2016, Teresa Pocock won a

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I Don’t Belong in a Nursing Home

I Don’t Belong in a Nursing Home. I have places to go. Things to do. People to meet. Please sign Teresa Pocock’s petition July 23, 2014 With the stroke of a pen, my disabled sister’s human right to decide where

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The Big Five-Oh! Happy Birthday, Teresa!

Oh Teresa, the places you’ll go! And the things you will do. The people you’ll meet. Who will cheer you and greet. Fifty years young and your life has just begun. You’re a wonderful, wonderful, wonderful one. Oh Teresa, the

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Teresa’s Happy Dance at Change.org

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you! Teresa dances and celebrates as she follows and counts every supporter at Change.org. Please sign Teresa’s petition at Change.org

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Teresa is power-walking to protect Human Rights for all people with disabilities!

Please sign Teresa’s petition at Change.org Teresa Power Walks: Forced into a Nursing Home at 49. Now She’s Free! Watch Teresa Pocock ‘power walk’ — and ask yourself how anyone could think she belongs in a nursing home! It is

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Toronto Star: Teresa’s passport to a new life with Down syndrome

Toronto Star: Teresa’s passport to a new life with Down syndrome,

Great story in the Toronto Star by Antonia Zerbisias about Teresa and her adventures “power-walking” toward independent living! Teresa’s passport to a new life with Down syndrome March 29, 2014 Antonia ZerbisiasPosted with permission from Toronto Star Teresa Pocock is

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