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ARCH Materials and Resources

May 15, 2020

ARCH Bulletin on COVID-19: The Assistive Devices Program (ADP) is Open for Business

May 14, 2020

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

May 6, 2020

Advocacy Toolkit – Advocating for Your Support Person, Attendant or Communication Assistant to be with You in Hospital During the COVID-19 Pandemic

May 4, 2020

ARCH Bulletin on COVID-19: People Living in Developmental Services Group Homes Need Access to Essential Support Persons

April 24, 2020

ARCH’s bulletin on temporary changes to Ontario’s Passport program in developmental services.

April 23, 2020

ARCH’s Bulletin on Priority Testing Guidelines.

April 23, 2020

ARCH’s Bulletin on the renewal of Ontario Emergency Orders for Long-Term Care Homes until May 6, 2020.

April 22, 2020

In response to ARCH’s Open Letter submitted on April 8, 2020, the government indicates Ontario Health is engaging in consultation with Human Rights and key community experts on the Triage Protocol.

April 22, 2020

ARCH launches campaign to collect data on the closure of the Assistive Devices Program and the effect on persons with disabilities.

April 22, 2020

ARCH Bulletin on the closure of Ontario’s Assistive Devices Program.

April 15, 2020

ARCH co-hosts ‘What’s Up Wednesdays’ – a plain language forum for persons with disabilities to discuss COVID-19 related barriers.

April 8, 2020

ARCH submits Open Letter to Government on needed changes to Clinical Triage Protocol for Major Surge in COVID Pandemic, signed by 204 organizations, and 4828 individuals.

April 7, 2020

ARCH and other experts speak at virtual public forum on disability and COVID-19 issues hosted by the AODA Alliance and the Ontario Autism Coalition.

March 27, 2020

ARCH’s blog post on COVID-19 emergency measures for administrative tribunals.

March 25, 2020

ARCH Bulletin on accessible communication in COVID-19 crisis

ARCH in the News

April 17, 2020

The Toronto Star: “People with severe disabilities feel especially vulnerable in COVID-19 shutdown”

April 15, 2020

TVO: “‘People are really scared’: Ontarians with disabilities worry they’ll be denied care”

April 10, 2020

The Globe and Mail: “Federal government names group to ensure disabled Canadians included in COVID-19 response”

April 7, 2020

The Toronto Sun: “Disabled to be denied COVID-19 care?”

April 7, 2020

CHCH-TV News: News Video – “Ontario Health drafts a triage protocol if hospitals hit surge capacity”

Open Letters ARCH has signed

May 28, 2020

ARCH signed open letter led by the Ontario Health Coalition asking for the Premier of Ontario to hold a full public commission or inquiry into the province’s overall response to COVID-19 and long-term care.

May 21, 2020

ARCH signed open letter led by Disability Alliance BC urging the federal government to provide emergency financial supports for people with disabilities – specifically, people who rely on CPP-Disability (CPP-D) as their main source of income.

April 14, 2020

ARCH signed a joint public statement led by Amnesty International Canada calling for governments at all levels across Canada to implement greater human rights oversight of their responses to the COVID-19 pandemic.

April 10, 2020

ARCH signed an Open Letter led by the Alliance for Healthier Communities regarding the need to collect and use socio-demographic and race-based data in Ontario

April 7, 2020

ARCH endorsed an Open Letter led by Communication Disabilities Access Canada to call for communication supports for COVID patients who have pre-existing communication disabilities and people who cannot speak due to breathing support and ventilators.

April 7, 2020

ARCH signed an Open Letter led by the Income Security Advocacy Centre to raise social assistance rates and to exempt federal benefits from clawbacks.

April 3, 2020

ARCH signed an Open Letter led by the Alliance for Healthier Communities calling for access to Emergency Safe Supply in Ontario.

March 24, 2020

ARCH signed a 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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Last Modified: May 28, 2020

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