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ARCH is grateful for its long standing partnership with the Law Society of Ontario, Equity Initiatives Department, in co-organizing and co-hosting the Access Awareness event on an annual basis.

Access Awareness 2021

Advocacy strategies for persons with disabilities during COVID-19

Thursday, June 3, 4 – 6 pm
Virtual program

(Le texte français se trouve sous le texte anglais)

Please join the Law Society of Ontario and ARCH Disability Law Centre for the annual National AccessAbility Week program.

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented enormous challenges for all of us. However, for persons with disabilities, existing disparities have been exacerbated. New policies and recommendations have been introduced that have a disproportionate impact on persons with disabilities. The past year has also changed the way that lawyers and paralegals practice, and how decision-makers act, to ensure access to justice for equity seeking groups, including persons with disabilities.

At this event, ARCH lawyers will discuss advocacy strategies for persons with disabilities during the pandemic and how they continued to include persons with disabilities in discussions that affect them. ARCH lawyers will also examine changes to their practice of law and offer reflections on how those changes will influence the future practice of law.

Panelists
-Gabriel Reznick, Staff Lawyer, ARCH Disability Law Centre
-Rachel Weiner, Staff Lawyer, ARCH Disability Law Centre
-Jessica De Marinis, Staff Lawyer, ARCH Disability Law Centre
-Mariam Shanouda, Staff Lawyer, ARCH Disability Law Centre

Moderator:
-Dianne Wintermute, Staff Lawyer, ARCH Disability Law Centre

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This public event is free. For additional information and to receive the video link, please register here.
CPD Accreditation has been approved for 1H 55 minutes of EDI Professional Hours.
Please note that ASL interpreting and closed captioning will be made available.

The Law Society of Ontario makes reasonable accommodations to enable persons with disabilities to attend and participate in its programs, including providing auxiliary aids and services upon request and removing architectural and communication barriers that are structural in nature where readily achievable. To request any other auxiliary aids or services or if you have any questions regarding accessibility, please contact [email protected]. In order for the Law Society to be able to make the necessary arrangements for accommodation, we require that you provide your request for accommodation at least a week (7 days) prior to the program date.

Semaine de l’accessibilité 2021

Stratégies de plaidoirie pour les personnes handicapées pendant la COVID-19

Jeudi 3 juin 16 h à 18 h
Programme virtuel

(Note : ce programme se déroulera en anglais seulement)

Joignez-vous au Barreau de l’Ontario et à l’ARCH Disability Law Centre pour le programme annuel de la Semaine nationale de l’accessibilité.

La pandémie de COVID-19 nous a tous mis face à d’énormes défis. Cependant, pour les personnes handicapées, les disparités existantes ont été exacerbées. Les nouvelles politiques et recommandations introduites ont eu une incidence disproportionnée sur les personnes handicapées. Pendant la dernière année, les modes de travail des avocats et des parajuristes et les décisions des autorités ont également dû être adaptés pour assurer l’accès à la justice des groupes en quête d’équité, y compris les personnes handicapées. 

À cet évènement, des avocats de l’ARCH discuteront des stratégies de plaidoirie pour les personnes handicapées pendant la pandémie et de la manière dont ils ont continué à inclure les personnes handicapées dans les discussions qui les concernent. Les avocats de l’ARCH examineront également les changements touchant leur pratique du droit et proposeront des réflexions sur la manière dont ces changements influenceront la pratique future du droit.

Conférenciers :
– Gabriel Reznick, avocat, ARCH Disability Law Centre
– Rachel Weiner, avocate, ARCH Disability Law Centre
– Jessica De Marinis, avocate, ARCH Disability Law Centre
– Mariam Shanouda, avocate, ARCH Disability Law Centre

Modératrice :
– Dianne Wintermute, avocate, ARCH Disability Law Centre

RSVP

Cet évènement public est gratuit. Pour en savoir plus et pour recevoir le lien vidéo, veuillez vous inscrire ici

L’accréditation CPD a été approuvée pour 1H 55 minutes d’heures professionnelles EDI.

Veuillez noter que nous offrirons des services de traduction en LSA et de sous-titrage codé.  Le Barreau de l’Ontario prend des mesures d’adaptation raisonnables pour permettre aux personnes handicapées de participer à ses programmes, notamment en fournissant des aides et des services auxiliaires sur demande et en éliminant les obstacles architecturaux et de communication qui sont de nature structurelle lorsque cela est facilement réalisable. Pour demander de l’aide ou un service auxiliaire ou si vous avez des questions concernant l’accessibilité, veuillez contacter [email protected]. Pour permettre au Barreau de prendre les dispositions nécessaires, nous vous demandons de fournir votre demande de mesures d’adaptation au moins une semaine (7 jours) avant la date du programme. 


Access Awareness 2019

Accessibility at Administrative Tribunals

National Access Awareness Program from June 5, 2019, is available for online viewing below.

To watch or download the webcast with captions, go to: https://bit.ly/2HAIRcW

This year’s discussion was about accessibility at administrative tribunals. With a focus on the Human Rights Tribunal and the Landlord and Tenant Board, speakers talked about procedural accommodations for persons with disabilities as a way to ensure equal access to administrative tribunals. They’ve also addressed recent case law related to procedural accommodations and explored creative strategies to address barriers faced by persons with disabilities in accessing this system.

Robert Lattanzio – ARCH Executive Director Doug Waxman – Chair of ARCH’s Board of Directors Karen Andrews – Staff Lawyer, Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario (ACTO), Acting Director, Tenant Duty Counsel Program Wade Poziomka – Human Rights Lawyer, Ross & McBride LLP Jessica DeMarinis – ARCH staff lawyer Ena Chadha – Human Rights Lawyer and Educator, Chair of Human Rights Legal Support Centre Board of Directors

Access Awareness 2018

Privacy as it Relates to Persons with Disabilities

National Access Awareness Program from June 5, 2018, is available for online viewing below.

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 of The Canadian Council on Rehabilitation and Work, and moderated by Marian MacGregor, Law Society of Ontario

The panellists shared their expertise and provided practice tips for lawyers on how to respect the privacy rights of clients and colleagues with disabilities. Also discussed were developments in the case law relating to the privacy rights of persons with disabilities. Over 100 people attended the event and over 650 web streamed it live.

Photo from Left:  Robert Lattanzio, Sunil Gurmukh, Mariam Shanouda, Maureen Haan, Marian MacGregor;  Robert Lattanzio is speaking to the audience.

Access Awareness 2017

The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: The View from Canada

National Access Awareness Program from June 6, 2017, is available for online viewing below.

The theme for this year’s Access Awareness event was the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities’ first review of Canada. The UN Committee heard not only from representatives of the Canadian government, but also from delegates representing a number of disability rights organizations in Canada. Several members of that delegation participated in our Access Awareness panel discussion.  The panelists discussed the UN Committee’s process and how the Committee’s Concluding Observations can be used to advance disability rights in Canada. The event was well attended, with 140 participants registered to attend in person and over 400 via webcast.

The theme for this year’s Access Awareness event was the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities’ first review of Canada. The UN Committee heard not only from representatives of the Canadian government, but also from delegates representing a number of disability rights organizations in Canada. Several members of that delegation participated in our Access Awareness panel discussion.  The panelists discussed the UN Committee’s process and how the Committee’s Concluding Observations can be used to advance disability rights in Canada. The event was well attended, with 140 participants registered to attend in person and over 400 via webcast.

Photo of Panelists: From left back row—Kathleen Pye, EGALE Canada Human Rights Trust; Wendall Nicholas, Wabanaki Council on Disability; Robert  Lattanzio, ARCH, Kerri Joffe, ARCH; Steven Estey, Co-ordinator Canada’s Parallel Report on the CRPD

Access Awareness 2016

Celebrating Action: Developmental Services and Legal Rights

National Access Awareness Program from May 31, 2016, is available for online viewing below. 

This event, provided in partnership by ARCH and The Law Society of Upper Canada, highlighted the history of activism by persons labelled with intellectual disabilities and discussed present day concerns, including issues related to reproductive rights. Community leaders spoke about their current advocacy efforts and how this work should inform law and policy. 

Access Awareness 2015

The Carter decision on physician- assisted dying: where do people with disabilities go from here?

National Access Awareness Program from June 4, 2015, is available for online viewing below.

On Access Awareness Event (June 4, 2015), ARCH Disability Law Centre and the Law Society of Upper Canada present Law Society Public Education Equality Series: The Carter decision on physician- assisted dying: where do people with disabilities go from here?



Last Modified: May 28, 2021

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