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ARCH Materials and Resources

December 3, 2020

ARCH and AODA Alliance submit Open Letter to government on the need for a non-discriminatory Clinical Triage Protocol.

December 2, 2020

ARCH supports the International Disability Alliance’s call for persons with disabilities to be prioritized in accessing COVID-19 vaccinations.

September 15, 2020

Policy Options paper – Proceed with caution with Ontario’s critical care triage protocol, authored by Mariam Shanouda and Jessica De Marinis

September 1, 2020

ARCH Submissions Detailing its Position on the Inclusion of the Clinical Frailty Scale in Ontario’s Triage Protocol

August 21, 2020

ARCH speaks on webinar hosted by AODA Alliance and OAC regarding return to school concerns during the pandemic and students with disabilities

August 18, 2020

Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario Grants Applicant’s Request to Expedite Case about Visitation Ban at Empower Simcoe’s Group Home

August 10, 2020

Respecting Right’s launched a campaign to support people with intellectual disabilities to get online

July 20, 2020

ARCH Disability Law Centre Submissions and Recommendations Regarding Ontario’s Triage Protocol Draft dated July 7, 2020

July 3, 2020

ARCH Disability Law Centre Submission to Ontario Ministry of Education Regarding Access to Education for Students with Disabilities during the COVID-19 Crisis

June 30, 2020

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

June 19, 2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Mother of 14 Year-Old Child with Disability files Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario Application against Empower Simcoe for Implementing Visitation Ban

June 18, 2020

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 1, 2020

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

June 1, 2020

ARCH Bulletin on COVID-19: Responses to the Assistive Devices Program (ADP) Questionaire

May 26, 2020

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

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 13, 2020

ARCH Letter on Clinical Triage Protocol

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

January 13, 2021

The Agenda – Steve Paikin: ARCH lawyer Mariam Shanouda, along with David Lepofsky (AODA Alliance), Dr. James Downar (University of Ottawa and The Ottawa Hospital) & Udo Schuklenk (Queens University) were interviewed by Steve Paikin, The Agenda about the Triage Protocol and its impacts on COVID-19 patients.

January 8, 2021

The Pointer: “Already in ‘crisis mode’: Ontario hospitals have no protocol for who gets priority treatment, human rights advocates say

December 3, 2020

Toronto Star: “Disability rights groups decry Ford government ‘secrecy’ about COVID-19 triage guidelines

October 5, 2020

Toronto Star: “Advocates Demand Release of Triage Protocol

September 14, 2020

Globe & Mail: “Some people with disabilities have been isolated in their care homes for months. Experts say it could lead to an ‘avalanche’ of mental-health issues

September 2, 2020

TVO: “The government’s school-reopening plan ignores kids with disabilities, say critics

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

October 2, 2020

ARCH signed open letter led by TB-Net drawing attention to COVID disruptions and urging UN to schedule State reviews no later than 2021.

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: January 14, 2021

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