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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.

ARCH wishes to thank the Law Society of Ontario for their ongoing support.

Access Awareness 2018

June 5, 2018

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

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.

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

Access Awareness 2017

June 6, 2017

Each year in June, ARCH and the Law Society of Upper Canada partner to host the Access Awareness event.  The theme this year 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
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 Program 2017, The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: The View from Canada, is available for online viewing below.

Access Awareness Event 2017

Access Awareness 2016

May 31, 2016

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. 

The archived webcast from Access Awareness Symposium 2016: Celebrating Action: Developmental Services and Legal Rights, is available for online viewing below. 

Access Awareness Event 2016

Access Awareness 2015

June 4, 2015

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?

You will find the archived webcast below.

Access Awareness Event 2015



Last Modified: February 26, 2019

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