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Annual Report

April 30, 2018

ARCH Annual Reports since 1997.

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Resources

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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Factsheet – Service Rights in Attendant Services: Refusal to provide personal records

December 06, 2019

What can I do if my service provider refuses to give me my personal records? What does the law say? Ontario’s Personal Health Information Protection Act, 2004 (PHIPA) creates rules about your personal health information. Personal health information includes any information about your physical or mental health. It also includes an attendant service plan. Service

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Submission of Canadian Civil Society Organizations to the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

July 26, 2019

On the List of Issues Prior to Reporting [Canada] to be adopted during the 22nd Session of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities ARCH and numerous disability organizations and groups prepared a submission to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (“Committee”) on July 26, 2019. The submission

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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 – Canadian Civil Society Parallel Report Group Submission to UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (2017)

March 20, 2017
Tags:CRPD

The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) is an international human rights law which protects and promotes the rights of persons with disabilities. Canada ratified the CRPD in 2010. The UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is a group of independent experts who monitor the implementation of the CRPD.

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Guide – Accès aux 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 sont disponibles ci-dessous. Conseils juridiques

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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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ARCH Alert Volume 20, Issue 2

Home

October 06, 2018

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

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Paper – Comparing the Incomparable in Human Rights Claims: Moore Guidance, 2013

Paper presented at the Ontario Bar Association’s 2013 Annual Human Rights Update: Keeping on Top of Key Developments Part II. This paper focuses on the Supreme Court of Canada decision in Moore v. British Columbia (Ministry of Education) and the use of a strict comparative analysis when framing and adjudicating statutory human rights claims. In this paper,

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Guide – Attendant Services in Ontario

August 15, 2019

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. PDF and RTF versions of this guide are available at the end of this page. Introduction Know your Rights In Ontario, the rules about most attendant

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Paper – The Legal Rights and Challenges Faced by Persons with Chronic Disability Triggered by Environmental Factors

September 20, 2019

Report prepared by ARCH Disability Law Centre and the Canadian Environmental Law Association September 2019 Acknowledgements: ARCH and CELA gratefully acknowledge the following people in the preparation of this report. Authors: Dianne Wintermute, Lawyer (ARCH) and Kathleen Cooper, Senior Researcher and Paralegal (CELA) Legal and Research Assistants: Joshua Patlik and Erica Stahl We are particularly

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Factsheet – What is the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA)?

December 09, 2019

What is the AODA? The AODA is a law that aims to achieve a barrier free, or fully accessible, Ontario by 2025. The AODA asks obligated organizations to identify, remove and/or prevent barriers to full inclusion and participation of persons with disabilities in society. The AODA states that barriers are anything that stops the full

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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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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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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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Submission – Vulnerable Persons Standard (VPS) on the Proposed Regulations for Monitoring of Medical Assistance in Dying (2018)

The Vulnerable Person Standard incorporates five evidence-based safeguards intended to protect the lives of Canadians. These safeguards aim to ensure that Canadians requesting assistance from physicians to end their life can do so without jeopardizing the lives of persons in circumstances that make them vulnerable to abuse, coercion, and inducement to suicide. In this submission

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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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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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COVID-19 and Disability: Recommendations to the Canadian Government from Disability Related Organizations in Canada – March 24, 2020

March 25, 2020

Letter calling on the Government of Canada to recognize the unique vulnerabilities of persons with disabilities and their families during COVID-19.

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Paper – Inclusive Education: Opportunities for Redesign, 2010

April 15, 2010

This paper was written for 2010 CAPSLE Conference in Calgary on Inclusive Education and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. In 2010, Canada ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), affirming its commitment to inclusive education. In this paper, ARCH discusses universal design as

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ARCH Alert Volume 21, Issue 1

ARCH Alert Volume 18, Issue 1

ARCH Alert Volume 17, Issue 2

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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Submission – Plain English version of the Submission of Canadian Civil Society Organizations to the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

July 29, 2019

Submission – Canada: Community Organizations and Organizations of People with Disabilities Report on the “List of Issues Prior to Reporting” Plain English* version of: Submission of Canadian Civil Society Organizations to the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities On the List of Issues Prior to Reporting [Canada] to be adopted during the 22nd

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Submission – AODA Alliance and ARCH’s Joint Submission on the AODA Transportation Accessibility Standard (2017)

The AODA Alliance and ARCH Disability Law Centre present concrete, workable, and much-needed revisions to strengthen Ontario’s 2011 Transportation Accessibility Standard that was enacted under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). This is the final joint submission with recommendations to Ontario’s Transportation Standards Development Committee for the Review of the Transportation Accessibility Standard

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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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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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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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Plain Language Resources

December 04, 2019

Plain English version of the Submission of Canadian Civil Society Organizations to the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities On the List of Issues Prior to Reporting [Canada] to be adopted during the 22nd Session of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities July 29, 2019 This plain English summary was

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ARCH Alert Volume 19, Issue 3

ARCH Alert Volume 17, Issue 3

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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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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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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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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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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ARCH Alert Volume 19, Issue 4

ARCH Alert Volume 18, Issue 2

ARCH Alert Volume 17, Issue 1

Reports, Papers and Recommendations

February 11, 2019

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

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Advocacy Toolkit – Advocating for Your Support Person or Attendant to be with You in Hospital During the COVID-19 Pandemic – PLAIN LANGUAGE VERSION

May 05, 2020

This is a plain language version of “COVID-19 Advocacy Tool Kit: Advocating for Your Support Person, Attendant or Communication Assistant to be with You in Hospital During the COVID-19 Pandemic”. This paper gives information about the law and tips. This information is for people with disabilities who need their support person or attendant to be

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ARCH Bulletin on COVID-19: Ontario’s Assistive Devices Program no longer available

April 22, 2020

On March 24, 2020, the Ontario Government decided that the Assistive Devices Program (ADP) was no longer going to be considered an essential service, as part of its response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This means that the ADP offices are closed until further notice because of COVID-19. Many types of devices are covered under the

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Factsheet – The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and the Optional Protocol

What is the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)? This Convention is an international agreement that promotes and protects human rights for persons with disabilities. It is often called the CRPD. The CRPD says that persons with disabilities have the right to be treated equally, make their own decisions, have their rights

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Fiche d’information – Qu’est-ce que la nouvelle Loi canadienne sur l’acessibilité (LCA)?

Qu’est-ce que la LCA? La LCA est une nouvelle loi qui vise à instaurer un Canada sans obstacles d’ici 2040. La LCA vise à créer un Canada sans obstacles en identifiant, en éliminant et en prévenant les obstacles. Elle définit un obstacle comme tout ce qui nuit à la participation pleine et égale dans la

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Fact Sheet – What is the new Accessible Canada Act (ACA)?

July 30, 2019

What is the ACA? The ACA is a new law that aims to achieve a barrier free Canada by 2040. The ACA aims to achieve a barrier free Canada by identifying, addressing and preventing barriers. It defines barrier as anything that hinders the full and equal participation in society of persons with a physical, mental,

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Fiche d’information – Mesures d’adaptation devant les tribunaux administratifs: mesures d’adaptation au Tribunal des droits de la personne de l’Ontario (TDPO)

Je suis un requérant non représenté devant le Tribunal des droits de la personne de l’Ontario. J’ai une audience à venir, mais j’ai besoin de mesures d’adaptation liées à un handicap pour participer de manière significative à l’audience. Quels sont mes droits? Que dit la loi? Le Tribunal des droits de la personne de l’Ontario

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Fact Sheet – Procedural Accommodations at Administrative Tribunals: Accomodations in the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (HRTO)

I am a self-represented Applicant at the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario. I have a hearing coming up, but I need disability-related accommodations to participate in the hearing meaningfully. What are my rights? What does the law say? The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (the Tribunal) is required to provide disability-related accommodations to the point

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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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Fiche d’Information – Conseils pour avocats et parajuristes en Ontario : Mesures d’adaptation pour les clients qui ont besoin de temps supplémentaire

Puis-je facturer des frais juridiques supplémentaires à mon client pour des rendez-vous plus longs, lorsque le temps supplémentaire est un besoin lié à son handicap? Mon client a besoin de plus de temps qu’un rendez-vous habituel de trente minutes pour expliquer son problème juridique en raison de son handicap. Dois-je accommoder mon client? Puis-je facturer

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Fact Sheet – Tips for Lawyers and Paralegals in Ontario: Accommodating clients who need extra time

Can I charge my client additional legal fees for longer appointments when extra time is a disability-related need? My client requires more time to explain their legal issue than the routine thirty-minute appointment due to their disability. Do I need to accommodate my client? Can I charge them for the extra time I spend with

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Fiche d’Information – Conseils pour avocats et parajuristes en Ontario : Mesures d’adaptation pour les clients au moyen de communication par courriel

Mon client demande de l’accommoder en communiquant par courriel en raison de son handicap. Quelles sont mes obligations professionnelles? Que dit la loi? Le Barreau de l’Ontario interdit toute forme de discrimination, y compris à l’encontre des personnes ayant un handicap. Cette interdiction et l’obligation de fournir des services juridiques conformément au Code des droits

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Guide – Conseils aux avocats et aux parajuristes pour fournir des services juridiques accessibles aux personnes ayant un handicap en Ontario

Ce guide est destiné aux avocats et aux parajuristes qui fournissent des services juridiques aux personnes ayant un handicap. Il n’est pas destiné à être un conseil juridique. Veuillez noter que les informations contenues dans ce guide ne s’appliquent pas à toutes les situations. Les besoins d’une personne peuvent varier dans le temps et à

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Guide – Droits de la personne et éducation en Ontario : Un guide général pour les étudiants

Veuillez noter que les informations contenues dans ce guide ne s’appliquent pas à toutes les situations. Les besoins en mesures d’adaptation d’une personne peuvent varier dans le temps et à différents moments de la journée. Demandez toujours à la personne ayant un handicap comment vous y prendre pour mieux la servir. Les versions PDF et

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Boîte à outils de plaidoyer – Animaux d’assistance dans les écoles en Ontario

Veuillez noter que les informations contenues dans ce guide ne s’appliquent pas à toutes les situations. Les besoins en mesures d’adaptation d’une personne peuvent varier dans le temps et à différents moments de la journée. Demandez toujours à la personne ayant un handicap comment vous y prendre pour mieux l’aider. Les versions PDF et RTF

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Advocacy Toolkit – Service Animals in Schools in Ontario

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 toolkit are available at the end of

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Boîte à outils de plaidoyer – Votre droit de ne pas être exclu de l’école en Ontario

January 31, 2019

Veuillez noter que les informations contenues dans cette boîte à outils ne s’appliquent pas à toutes les situations. Les besoins en mesures d’adaptation d’une personne peuvent varier dans le temps et à différents moments de la journée. Demandez toujours à la personne handicapée comment vous y prendre pour mieux l’aider. Les versions PDF et RTF

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Submission – ARCH Submission to Ministry of Education (2018)

December 14, 2018

Joint submission to the Government of Ontario for their consultation related to Ontario’s education system, submitted by 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. PDF and RTF versions of this submission are

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Fiche d’Information – Services et soutiens aux personnes ayant une déficience intellectuelle

December 01, 2018
Tags:SOPDI

Les adultes ayant une déficience intellectuelle peuvent être en mesure d’obtenir certains services et soutiens par l’intermédiaire des Services de l’Ontario pour les personnes ayant une déficience intellectuelle (SOPDI). Les SOPDI font partie du ministère des Services à l’enfance et des Services sociaux et communautaires. Le ministère paie d’autres agences pour fournir les services et

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Fact Sheet – Services and supports for people labelled with an intellectual disability

December 01, 2018

Adults labelled with intellectual disabilities may be able to get some services and supports through Developmental Services Ontario (DSO). The DSO is part of the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services. The Ministry pays other agencies to give the services and supports. But the first step is to apply to the DSO. PDF and

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Submission – ARCH’s Submission on Third Independent Review of the AODA (2018)

September 28, 2018

ARCH’s submission on the Third Independent Review of the AODA. The recommendations here should be considered together with ARCH submissions to the past two Independent Reviews and ARCH submissions on the AODA standards. PDF and RTF versions of this submission are available at the end of this page. Submission to the Honourable David C. Onley Third

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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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Submission – ARCH’s Submission on the Government of Canada’s Accession to the Optional Protocol to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (2017)

March 15, 2017
Tags:CRPD

ARCH’s submission to Review of Canada’s Accession to the United Nations Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD). The Optional Protocol (OP) provides two procedures by which the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities can oversee implementation of Convention rights: a complaints procedure for individuals on violations

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Paper – Invented Power: An Analysis of the Exclusion Clause in Ontario’s Education Act, 2017

January 12, 2017

Citation: Luke Reid, “Invented Power: An Analysis of the Exclusion Clause in Ontario’s Education Act” in Caroline Spindler Ed., CAPSLE 2016: Bright Lights on Emerging Issues in Education Law, Proceedings of the Twenty-Seventh Annual Conference of the Canadian Association for the Practical Study of Law in Education, held in Toronto, Ontario May 1 – 3, 2016

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Submission – ARCH’s Submission on Bill C-14 Medical Assistance in Dying, 2016

PDF and RTF versions of this submission are available at the end of this page. A Call for Safeguards Submission by ARCH Disability Law Centre to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights regarding Bill C–14 An Act to amend the Criminal Code and to make related amendments to other Acts (Medical Assistance in

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Submission – Brief to the Ontario Government on Necessary Revisions to the 2007 Customer Service Accessibility Standard, 2016

PDF and RTF versions of this submission are available at the end of this page. Introduction In this brief, the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) Alliance and ARCH Disability Law Centre (ARCH) jointly present concrete, workable, and much-needed revisions to strengthen the Customer Service Accessibility Standard. The Ontario Government can easily implement these

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Submission – ARCH Submission to the Provincial-Territorial Expert Advisory Group on Physician-Assisted Dying, 2015

This submission was offered to the Federal External Panel on Options for a Legislative Response to the Supreme Court’s decision on physician-assisted dying in Carter v Canada. The issue of physician-assisted dying has provoked a wide range of responses from the various segments of the communities of persons with disabilities in Ontario. ARCH has gone

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Paper – Open Court and Confidentiality: Can there be a Balance in Light of our New Media Age?

Paper prepared for the OBA Human Rights Annual Update on May 23, 2014. The topic of discussion in this paper revolves around privacy issues that arise when persons with disabilities seek redress before the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (HRTO). It is likely that confidentiality will not be maintained and intimate details about their disability

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Paper – Law and Ordered C.H.A.O.S.: Social Science Methodology, and the Charter Claims of Persons with Disabilities

October 24, 2013

ARCH Co-Authors article published in a special issue of the National Journal of Constitutional Law focused on Social Science Evidence and the Charter, 2013. Citation: John David Lee, C. Tess Sheldon and Roberto Lattanzio, “Law and Ordered C.H.A.O.S.: Social Science Methodology, and the Charter Claims of Persons with Disabilities” (2013) 32 NJCL 1 at 61.

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Strategic Plan

April 30, 2018

ARCH Strategic Plan 2018-2023

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Learn About the CRPD

December 04, 2019

Factsheet – The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and the Optional Protocol November 21, 2019 Learn more about the CRPD and the Optional Protocol. What is the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)? What is the Optional Protocol? Who can make an Optional Protocol complaint? When can someone

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Submission – Open Letter: Ontario’s COVID-19 Triage Protocol

April 08, 2020

April 8, 2020 Hon. Doug Ford, Premier of OntarioLegislative BuildingQueen’s ParkToronto, ON M7A 1A1 Hon. Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health of OntarioCollege Park 5th Floor, 777 Bay Street, Toronto, ON M7A 2J3 Hon. Raymond Sung Joon Cho, Minister of Seniors and Accessibility of OntarioMinistry for Seniors and AccessibilityCollege Park, 5th Floor777 Bay Street,

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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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ARCH Updates

December 04, 2019

ARCH Alert – Launch of OP Lab: Learning, Sharing, Actioning! December 3, 2019 The OP Lab offers a series of courses about the Optional Protocol and the CRPD. These courses will be facilitated by ARCH lawyers and our project partners, and will include presentations from guest speakers, discussions, and learning exercises. Participants in the OP

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ARCH Bulletin on COVID-19: June 15: Province issues Recommendations to Allow Visitors in Hospitals, but Fails to Address Rights of Persons with Disabilities

June 18, 2020

Chief Medical Officer of Health Recommends Hospitals Allow Visitors On June 15, 2020 Dr. David Williams, Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, issued a memo recommending that hospitals and other acute care health settings begin allowing visitors for patients in these facilities. Dr. Williams’ memo stated that hospitals and other health care settings should revise

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Intervention submitted to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission

June 12, 2020

Intervention of ARCH Disability Law Centre submitted to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission Telecom and Broadcasting Notice of Consultation CRTC 2020-124: Call for Comments – Regulations to be made under the Accessible Canada Act June 12, 2020 Table of Contents INTRODUCTIONSUMMARY OF RECOMMENDATIONSARCH’S RESPONSE TO THE CALL FOR COMMENTSA. CONTENT OF REGULATIONS AND GUIDANCE

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Submission – Submission of ARCH Disability Law Centre to the Canadian Transportation Agency Phase II – Consultation on the Accessible Transportation for Persons with Disabilities Regulations (ATPDR)

February 27, 2020

Introduction ARCH is pleased to provide this submission to the Canadian Transportation Agency (Agency) as part of its Phase II Consultation on the Accessible Transportation for Persons with Disabilities Regulations (ATPDR). Accessible transportation is essential for realizing full and equal participation of persons with disabilities in Canada. Without access to transportation, people with disabilities are

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ARCH Bulletin on COVID-19: Update on Bill 175, Connecting People to Home and Community Care Act

June 01, 2020

Apply for Standing to Present to the Standing Committee on the Legislative Assembly on Bill 175 The Ontario government has announced that it is moving forward with online hearings for various bills. ARCH has learned that that the Standing Committee on the Legislative Assembly will hear submissions on Bill 175, Connecting People to Home and Community

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Press Release – Government Response indicates Ontario Health is Engaging in Consultation with Human Rights and Key Community Experts on the Triage Protocol

April 22, 2020

TORONTO, April 22, 2020 – An open letter from the Ontario Government was delivered to various recipients, including ARCH Disability Law Centre, on April 21, 2020.  The letter, which is undated, appears to be a response to the grave concerns raised by major disability organizations in regards to the Clinical Triage Protocol for Major Surge

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ARCH Bulletin on COVID-19: Bill 175 Connecting People to Home and Community Care Act 2020 May Soon Become Law

June 30, 2020

Bill 175 May Soon Become Law ARCH Disability Law Centre and many other disability rights organizations made oral and written submissions to the Government Standing Committee on the Legislative Assembly about the negative effect Bill 175,Connecting People to Home and Community Care Act 2020 will have on persons with disabilities if it becomes law. To

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Factsheet – Bill 175 – Connecting People to Home and Community Care Act, 2020 Regulations and Consultations – Fact Sheet 2

The government is putting most of the important parts of Bill 175 (Connecting People to Home and Community Care Act) into Regulations. This is a problem because Regulations can be passed or changed by the Cabinet. They do not have to be debated by all of our Members of Provincial Parliament. This means that the

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Factsheet – Bill 175 – Connecting People To Home and Community Care Act – Fact Sheet 1

Bill 175 is moving quickly through the Ontario Legislature. It was introduced by Health Minister Christine Elliott on February 25, 2020, when it passed First Reading. Debate on the Bill was held on March 2nd – 5th and 9th & 10th, 2020. The Bill passed Second Reading on March 10th, 2020. The Bill is now

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1st Reporting Cycle

December 04, 2019

Concluding observations on the initial report of Canada, Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities May 8, 2017 The UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities concluded its first review of Canada in 2017. The Committee’s findings and recommendations about Canada’s implementation of the CRPD are called the “Concluding Observations”. To read

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2nd Reporting Cycle

December 04, 2019

List of issues prior to submission of the second periodic report of Canada, Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities October 2, 2019 Before reviewing Canada’s implementation of the CRPD, the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities released a List of issues document. This document asks Canada to report on particular issues

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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 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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Media Advisory – If Inclusion Means Everyone Why Not Me?

May 04, 2018

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Our Funders

April 30, 2018

ARCH funders and supporters

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History

April 30, 2018

ARCH’s history, since its creation as part of the larger disability rights movement happening in Ontario and across Canada in the 1970’s…

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Join ARCH Private Bar Referral Roster

April 30, 2018

ARCH Private Bar Referral Roster for lawyers who want to expand their practice and promote equal access to justice.

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ARCH releases Final Report on the Accessible Canada Act

November 09, 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. A plain language summary is also provided. ARCH’s recommendations for strengthening Bill C-81 will be available shortly.

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Papers and Reports

April 30, 2018

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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Advancing the UN CRPD

February 11, 2019

ARCH works with communities across Canada to advocate for the implementation of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).

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ARCH Alert Volume 20, Issue 4

ARCH Alert Volume 20, Issue 3

ARCH Alert Volume 20, Issue 1

ARCH Alert Volume 18, Issue 3

COVID-19 Related Resources and Updates

April 21, 2020

COVID-19 related materials produced by ARCH

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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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ARCH’s Recommendations for Strengthening Bill C-81, the Accessible Canada Act

October 19, 2018

Read ARCH’s recommendations for strengthening Bill C-81, the Accessible Canada Act.

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ARCH Alert Volume 19, Issue 2

ARCH Alert Volume 19, Issue 1

Board of Directors

November 21, 2018

ARCH’s dedicated and committed volunteer Board of Directors.

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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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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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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. Visit our resources page to view our recent and past publications. Visit our initiatives page to view select current projects, programs

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Submissions on Bill 175, Connecting People to Home and Community Care Act, 2020

June 17, 2020

Submissions of ARCH Disability Law Centre to the Standing Committee on the Legislative Assembly Bill 175, Connecting People to Home and Community Care Act, 2020 June 17, 2020 Table of Contents A. IntroductionB. About ARCHC. Issues and RecommendationsI. Persons with Disabilities must be Included in Bill 175 AmendmentsII. Key Provisions Moved from Legislation to RegulationsIII.

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ARCH Letter to Premier of Ontario and Minister of Ontario Health on Hospital Visitation Bans

June 08, 2020

ARCH letter highlights serious concerns about the discriminatory impact of hospital visitation bans on people with disabilities in Ontario. ARCH is calling upon the Government of Ontario to urgently revise the essential visitor definition to ensure that people with disabilities get equal access to hospitals and health care services. The Honourable Doug FordPremier of Ontariodoug.fordco@pc.ola.org

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ARCH Bulletin on COVID-19: Ontario Health’s Clinical Triage Protocol for Major Surge in COVID Pandemic

May 14, 2020

What is Ontario’s Clinical Triage Protocol? A draft document called the Clinical Triage Protocol for Major Surge in COVID Pandemic, dated March 28, 2020 from Ontario Health, is meant to help doctors make difficult decisions about who will receive critical health care during the COVID-19 pandemic if there are not enough medical resources. Doctors will

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Press Release – Open Letter from Major Disability Organizations Calling on the Ontario Government to Ensure Persons are not Deprioritized from Accessing Critical Care Because of their Disability

April 08, 2020

TORONTO, April 8, 2020 – An open letter to the Ontario Government from over 200 disability and community organizations and over 4,800 individuals raises grave concerns about the Clinical Triage Protocol for Major Surge in COVID Pandemic (Ontario Health), dated March 28, 2020, because it threatens to deprioritize access to critical care to some patients

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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

ARCH Staff

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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

ARCH provides internships and placements to law and social work students from various universities – including the Student Proposed Internship through the University of Ottawa. ARCH also continues to offer the Disability Law Intensive program with Osgoode Hall Law School.

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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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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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