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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 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: October 2, 2019

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