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April 30, 2018

ARCH’s Resource collection includes articles, position papers, fact sheets, and continuing legal education materials developed by ARCH and our partners.

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Respecting Rights Resources

June 18, 2019

Resources to build the capacity of persons labelled with intellectual disabilities, and their support networks, through education and support for self-advocacy.

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Strategic Plan

April 30, 2018

ARCH Strategic Plan 2018-2023 Strategic Planning Committee:  Teresa Daw, Laura Upans, Roxanne Mykitiuk, Douglas Waxman, Doreen Way, Kerri Joffe and Robert Lattanzio  In Consultation with Taylor Newberry Consulting VISION A society in which laws, policies and legal systems ensure full participation, inclusion, dignity, and equal rights without discrimination for persons with disabilities. MISSION STATEMENT ARCH

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ARCH Library Collection

April 30, 2018

We invite clients, partners, researchers and the public to use our library collection of books, journals and media on disability-related issues. Hours open: Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Location: Resource Centre, 15th floor, 55 University Ave (beside Reception).  Two computers with Internet access and assistive technologies are available for your use free

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Reports, Papers and Recommendations

February 11, 2019

Reports, Papers and Recommendations on Bill C-81, Accessible Canada Act.

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Board of Directors

November 21, 2018

ARCH is guided by a dedicated and committed volunteer Board of Directors. ARCH’s Board of Directors is consumer-controlled and more than half are people with disabilities. Douglas Waxman, President Douglas Waxman is a Ph.D. candidate in the Critical Disability Studies program at York University. He has a Juris Doctor from Osgoode Hall Law School, and

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Advancing the UN CRPD

February 11, 2019

ARCH continues its work in advancing the rights framework set out in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) through law reform, public legal education and litigation. Canadian Civil Society Parallel Report Group Submission to UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities March 20, 2017 The Convention on

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Updates

May 08, 2019

Follow Bill C-81’s journey through the legislative process and ARCH’s advocacy work towards An Act to ensure a barrier-free Canada.

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Guide – Utilisation des services juridiques: un guide pour les personnes ayant un handicap en Ontario

Ce guide est destiné aux personnes ayant un handicap qui recherchent ou reçoivent des services juridiques. Les informations contenues dans ce guide servent d’informations juridiques sur le droit à des services juridiques accessibles. Il n’est pas destiné à être un conseil juridique. Les versions PDF et RTF de ce guide à outils sont disponibles à

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Guide – Using Legal Services: A Guide for persons with disabilities in Ontario

This Guide is intended for persons with disabilities who are seeking or receiving legal services. The information in this Guide serves as legal information on the right to accessible legal services. It is not intended to be legal advice. PDF and RTF versions of this guide are available at the end of this page. Free

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Guide – Human Rights and Education in Ontario: A general guide for students

Please note that the information in this Guide does not apply to all situations. A person’s accommodation needs may vary over time and at different points in the day. Always ask the person with the disability how to most appropriately accommodate them. PDF and RTF versions of this guide are available at the end of

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Submission – ARCH’s Submission to the Ontario Human Rights Commission on its Review of the ‘Guidelines on Accessible Education’ (2017)

June 09, 2017

ARCH submission to the OHRC review of ‘Guidelines on Accessible Education’ outlines major developments in the legal framework around human rights and education since the Guidelines were first published. ARCH’s recommendations  in the submission rely largely on Article 24 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (“CRPD”) as a starting framework. PDF and

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Paper – Considerations for Effective Implementation and Enforcement of the Proposed Federal Accessibility Legislation (2017)

This paper addresses an important legal issue ARCH recommended the Government to address as it developed the proposed federal accessibility legislation: ensuring effective implementation and enforcement of the proposed federal accessibility legislation. ARCH’s Considerations for Effective Implementation and Enforcement of the Proposed Federal Accessibility Legislation were presented to government in its consultation process as it

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Paper – Discussion Paper on Proposed Federal Accessibility Legislation and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (2017)

This paper addresses an important legal issue ARCH recommended the Government to address as it developed the proposed federal accessibility legislation: the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and its relationship with the planned federal accessibility legislation. In this paper ARCH provides a legal analysis of the role that the Convention

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Fact Sheet – Tips for Lawyers and Paralegals in Ontario: Accommodating clients by communicating via email

My client asks to communicate via email as an accommodation. What are my professional obligations? What Does the Law Say? The Law Society of Ontario prohibits any form of discrimination, including against persons with disabilities. This prohibition and the obligation to provide legal services in accordance with Ontario’s Human Rights Code are detailed in the

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Services

November 16, 2018

ARCH Disability Law Centre is a specialty legal clinic that practices exclusively in disability rights law. ARCH provides a range of legal services.

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Submission – ARCH’s Recommendations for Strengthening Bill C-81, the Accessible Canada Act (2018)

ARCH’s recommended amendments to ensure that Bill C-81, the Accessible Canada Act, achieves its purpose and potential. This resource is part of ARCH’s Advocating for an Accessible Canada initiative. For more information about the initiative, go to: www.archdisabilitylaw.ca/initiatives/advocating-for-accessibility-in-canada PDF and RTF versions of this submission are available at the end of this page. [Le français

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Papers and Reports

April 30, 2018

Fact Sheets, Guides and Toolkits

April 30, 2018

Concise learning and reference materials.

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Submissions & Papers

April 30, 2018

For a complete collection of Submissions and Papers go to ARCH’s online catalogue .

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Legal Education

April 29, 2018

ARCH provides legal education to people with disabilities regarding their legal rights and new developments in the law. We offer presentations, workshops and seminars, and produce written materials, including our newsletter, the ARCH Alert. If your group would like to request a presentation by ARCH, please contact archgen@lao.on.ca. If ARCH is not able to speak

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Submission – ARCH’s Submission on the Proposed AODA Education Standard (2017)

July 13, 2017

ARCH’s submission on the initial consultation regarding the scope and mandate of the Standards Development Committee developing an Education Standard under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. PDF and RTF versions of this submission are available at the end of this page. July 13, 2017 The Honourable Kathleen WynnePremier of OntarioLegislative Building Queen’s Park

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Submission – ARCH Submission to the Federal Standing Committee Considering Citizenship Act Amendments, 2016

PDF and RTF versions of this submission are available at the end of this page. Introduction We applaud the government’s introduction of Bill C-6 with the aim of restoring and fostering a diverse, fair and inclusive Canada. We ask the Standing Committee to take this opportunity to strengthen Bill C-6’s reforms by making small but

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Fact Sheet – Class Action Settlement Funds and Government Funded Services and Supports

Many people with disabilities who lived at Huronia, Rideau and Southwestern Regional Centres received money as part of Class Action Settlements. Can developmental services or other government funded services and supports be denied to someone because they received settlement money from these Class Actions? • Settlement Agreements in the Huronia, Rideau and Southwestern Class Actions

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Read the ARCH Alert of March 28, 2019

March 28, 2019

Here is the link to the ARCH Alert page where you can access the latest ARCH Alert of March 28, 2019: https://archdisabilitylaw.ca/resources/arch-alert/

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Read the ARCH Alert of March 28, 2019

March 28, 2019

Here is the link to the ARCH Alert page where you can access the latest ARCH Alert of March 28, 2019: https://archdisabilitylaw.ca/resources/arch-alert/ 

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Open Letters

February 11, 2019

Open Letters submitted by disability communities across Canada to support Bill C-81’s journey through the legislative process.

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ARCH Submissions

February 11, 2019

ARCH’s submissions to Parliament on strengthening Bill C-81 (Accessible Canada Act)

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Fiche d’Information – Conseils pour avocats et parajuristes en Ontario : Mesures d’adaptation pour les clients accompagnés par une personne de soutien

Mon client a besoin d’une personne de soutien pour participer à une rencontre en raison de son handicap. Puis-je refuser d’inclure la personne de soutien dans la rencontre avec mon client? Que dit la loi? En tant que fournisseurs de services juridiques, les avocats et les parajuristes doivent accommoder leurs clients ayant un handicap à

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Fact Sheet – Tips for Lawyers and Paralegals in Ontario: Accommodating clients requiring a support person

My client requires a support person as a disability-related accommodation to participate in a meeting. Can I refuse to include the support person in the meeting with my client? What Does the Law Say? As legal service providers, lawyers and paralegals must accommodate their clients with disabilities to the point of undue hardship, as required

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Guide – Tips for Lawyers and Paralegals on Providing Accessible Legal Services to Persons with Disabilities in Ontario

This Guide is intended for lawyers and paralegals who provide legal services to persons with disabilities. It is not intended to be legal advice. Please note that the information in this Guide does not apply to all situations. A person’s needs may vary over time and at different points in the day. Always ask the

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Advocacy Toolkit – Your Right to not be Excluded from School in Ontario

Please note that the information in this Toolkit does not apply to all situations. A person’s accommodation needs may vary over time and at different points in the day. Always ask the person with the disability how to most appropriately accommodate them. PDF and RTF versions of this toolkit are available at the end of

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ARCH and Partners Submission for 2018 Consultation on Education System

January 04, 2019

ARCH Disability Law Centre, Community Living Ontario, Brockville and District Association for Community Involvement, Inclusion Research Team Brock University, Canadian Research Centre on Inclusive Education Western University and Inclusive Education Canada submitted a joint submission to the Government of Ontario for their recent consultation on education in Ontario:https://archdisabilitylaw.ca/resource/arch-and-partners-submission-for-2018-consultation-on-education-system/

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Read the ARCH Alert of December 3, 2018

December 04, 2018

Here is the link to the ARCH Alert page where you can access the latest ARCH Alert of December 3, 2018:  https://archdisabilitylaw.ca/resources/arch-alert/ 

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Staff

November 22, 2018

Roberto Lattanzio, Executive Director Roberto Lattanzio is the Executive Director of ARCH Disability Law Centre. He joined ARCH as an articling student in 2003 and was hired as a staff lawyer thereafter. He was called to the Bar of Ontario in 2004. Robert received his LL.B and B.C.L. law degrees from McGill University in 2003

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National Access Awaress Event 2018 is now available for online viewing

November 21, 2018

National Access Awareness Program 2018 from June 5, 2018 is now available for online viewing. MP4 Video with Slides (allows you to download the video to view later; with presentation slides): The event was provided in partnership by ARCH Disability Law Centre and The Law Society of Ontario.

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Respecting Rights

November 19, 2018

Respecting Rights is a project at ARCH that is led by self advocates labelled with intellectual disabilities.

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Student Programs

November 16, 2018

Read the ARCH Alert of October 3, 2018

October 03, 2018

Inside This Issue: Back to School Tips – Education Advocacy Updated Human Rights Commission Policy on Accessible Education Library Corner Accessible Canada Act Passes Second Reading, Now Before HUMA Provincial Schools for the Deaf Class Action – Important Update International Day of Persons with Disabilities – Save the Date! Review of Disability Tax Credit and

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Paper – Legal Analysis of Accessible Canada Act – Final Report (2018)

This report provides a legal analysis of Bill C-81, An Act to ensure a barrier free Canada. It incorporates feedback that ARCH received from persons with disabilities and disability organizations on the first draft of this report. This resource is part of ARCH’s Advocating for an Accessible Canada initiative. For more information about the initiative,

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Submission – ARCH’s Initial Recommendations for Review of the AODA Employment Accessibility Standard (2018)

July 27, 2018

ARCH’s submission on the Initial Recommendations for Review of the Employment Accessibility Standard under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. PDF and RTF versions of this submission are available at the end of this page.

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National Access Awaress Week 2018

July 09, 2018

ARCH co-hosted its annual Access Awareness event with the Law Society of Ontario on June 5, 2018.  The theme of this year’s event was privacy as it relates to persons with disabilities.  The panel consisted of: Sunil Gurmukh from the Ontario Human Rights Commission, Mariam Shanouda, Staff Lawyer at ARCH, Maureen Haan, President & CEO

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Media Advisory – If Inclusion Means Everyone Why Not Me?

May 04, 2018

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Paper – If Inclusion Means Everyone, WHY NOT ME? (2018)

A Final Report for the extensive research study on the barriers to meaningful and inclusive education from K to 12 in Ontario conducted by ARCH, in partnership with Brock University, Western University, Community Living Ontario, Inclusive Education Canada, and Brockville and District Association for Community Living. This resource is part of ARCH’s Inclusive Education initiative.

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History

April 30, 2018

“When the movement was just starting, the consumer and advocacy groups were filled with unfocussed energy. But more than energy was required in the pursuit of equality. Concrete action is what was needed. ARCH has strongly positioned itself as a catalyst and leader in the movement.” Catherine Frazee, past Chief Commissioner of the Ontario Human

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Join Our Private Bar Referral Roster

April 30, 2018

 Join our Private Bar Referral Roster! Expand your practice! Promote equal access to justice! Why it matters many areas of law impact people with disabilities many areas are outside our scope of practice and that of other legal clinics many people with disabilities do not qualify for legal aid How we will support you ARCH

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Internships & Placements

April 30, 2018

ARCH continues to provide placements to students from various universities in law and social work programs as resources permit.  In particular, ARCH continues to provide placements to students from the University of Ottawa through the Student Proposed Internship program.

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For Lawyers & Paralegals

April 29, 2018

Case Consult Service for Lawyers and Paralegals ARCH provides a free Case Consult service for Lawyers and Paralegals across Ontario. Lawyers or paralegals representing persons with disabilities may contact ARCH to discuss the disability related issues that arise in their cases. Contact ARCH to schedule a telephone appointment to speak with an ARCH staff lawyer.  If

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Paper – Self-Advocacy from the Ashes of the Institution (2017)

September 13, 2017

The Canadian Journal of Disability Studies published a paper co-authored by Respecting Rights members Peter Park and Sue Hutton. The paper features use of graphic data on the history of the institutions, and explores the oral stories of  Peter and another survivor of Canada’s institutions for persons labelled with intellectual disability. This resource is part

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Paper – A Conceptual and Legal Framework for Inclusive Education – Jody R Carr (2017)

February 27, 2017

This paper is authored by former Education Minister of New Brunswick, Jody Carr, on behalf of ARCH Disability Law Centre, to explore and articulate a framework for reform for the delivery of public education services across Canada that is both accessible and inclusive of all children. Introduction There has been significant evolution in Canadian jurisprudence,

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Paper – A Federal Disability Act: Opportunities and Challenges (2006)

October 01, 2006

A Paper Commissioned by the Council of Canadians with Disabilities and the Canadian Association for Community Living, advancing a set of tools that could be implemented in a Federal Disability Act, and outlining a model legislative framework to illustrate how proposed strategies and tools might interact. This resource is part of ARCH’s Advocating for an

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