by Patrick Faller
Originally Published: March 30, 2016
Advocacy group PEI People First hopes cards will help Islanders who feel disrespected
Several dozen members of PEI People First received a new pocket-sized "personal rights" card Wednesday during a day-long advocacy forum for people with intellectual disabilities.
The hope is the new cards will give Islanders with intellectual disabilities more respect when dealing with health-care professionals.
Lloyd Lefurgey, a member of the Charlottetown-based advocacy group PEI People First, came up with the idea after he sought medical help for mental health issues.
He said he was prescribed medication, but was in hospital for more than a year. He was healthy enough to return home, he said, but was held longer because of his disability. He said he has family members who have been in similar situations.