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

May 15, 2020

This Bulletin contains information about the ADP re-opening and its application process.…Read More

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

May 15, 2020

ADP is Accepting All Applications for Assistive Devices ADP has advised ARCH that it has now re-opened and is making decisions about applications for assistive devices.  The ADP Office permanently re-opened for business on April 29, 2020. ADP says that it closed temporarily so it could move to a paperless approval process. This means that…Read More

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

May 14, 2020

This Bulletin outlines developments regarding ARCH’s advocacy work on the Ontario Health’s Clinical Triage Protocol issue, and summarizes what ARCH asks the Government in its latest letter.…Read More

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

May 14, 2020

What is Ontario’s Clinical Triage Protocol? A draft document called the Clinical Triage Protocol for Major Surge in COVID Pandemic, dated March 28, 2020 from Ontario Health, is meant to help doctors make difficult decisions about who will receive critical health care during the COVID-19 pandemic if there are not enough medical resources. Doctors will…Read More

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

May 05, 2020

This Advocacy Toolkit provides legal information and advocacy tips to people with disabilities who need their support person, attendant or communication assistant to be with them in hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic. This Toolkit contains information about laws and policies in Ontario. This legal information may not apply to you if you live outside of…Read More

Advocacy Toolkit – Advocating for Your Support Person or Attendant to be with You in Hospital During the COVID-19 Pandemic – PLAIN LANGUAGE VERSION

May 05, 2020

This is a plain language version of “COVID-19 Advocacy Tool Kit: Advocating for Your Support Person, Attendant or Communication Assistant to be with You in Hospital During the COVID-19 Pandemic”. This paper gives information about the law and tips. This information is for people with disabilities who need their support person or attendant to be…Read More

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

To access the plain language version of this bulletin, go to ARCH Bulletin on COVID-19: Visitation Bans in Developmental Services Group Homes – PLAIN LANGUAGE VERSION People with Disabilities are Concerned about Group Home Visitation Bans In Ontario, some people labelled with intellectual or developmental disabilities live in group homes or other congregate care residences.…Read More

ARCH Bulletin on COVID-19: Visitation Bans in Developmental Services Group Homes – PLAIN LANGUAGE VERSION

This is a plain language summary of “ARCH Bulletin on COVID-19: People Living in Developmental Services Group Homes Need Access to Essential Support Persons” Many developmental services agencies in Ontario have visitation bans. These bans say that family and friends are not allowed to visit or go into a group home. Visitation bans are an…Read More

ARCH Bulletin on COVID-19: Ontario Temporarily Increases Eligible Expenses under the Passport Program

April 24, 2020

Passport Funds can Temporarily be Used for More Types of Expenses  On April 23, 2020, the government shared the COVID-19 action plan: protecting vulnerable Ontarians. This is a document that explains how the government will help persons that live or work in residential settings stay safe and prevent the spread of COVID-19.  As part of…Read More

ARCH Bulletin on COVID-19: Priority Testing Guidelines

April 23, 2020

Over the last month, testing to control the spread of COVID-19 has become an important issue for persons with disabilities across Ontario. On April 16, 2020, Premier Ford announced new guidelines that expand the groups of people who can receive priority COVID-19 testing.  Under the new guidelines the following people can get priority testing: Individuals…Read More

ARCH Bulletin on COVID-19: Ontario Renews Emergency Orders for Long-Term Care Homes until May 6, 2020

April 23, 2020

Ontario’s Emergency Orders and Directive for Long-Term Care Homes ARCH acknowledges the disproportionate vulnerability of residents in long-term care (LTC) homes who are seniors and persons with disabilities. LTC home residents are at higher risk of infection from COVID-19 for reasons such as advanced age, chronic conditions, and the institutional environment.  We are deeply saddened…Read More

Press Release – Government Response indicates Ontario Health is Engaging in Consultation with Human Rights and Key Community Experts on the Triage Protocol

April 22, 2020

TORONTO, April 22, 2020 – An open letter from the Ontario Government was delivered to various recipients, including ARCH Disability Law Centre, on April 21, 2020.  The letter, which is undated, appears to be a response to the grave concerns raised by major disability organizations in regards to the Clinical Triage Protocol for Major Surge…Read More

ARCH Bulletin on COVID-19: Ontario’s Assistive Devices Program no longer available

April 22, 2020

On March 24, 2020, the Ontario Government decided that the Assistive Devices Program (ADP) was no longer going to be considered an essential service, as part of its response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This means that the ADP offices are closed until further notice because of COVID-19. Many types of devices are covered under the…Read More

COVID-19 Related Resources and Updates

April 21, 2020

COVID-19 related materials produced by ARCH…Read More

Submission – Open Letter: Ontario’s COVID-19 Triage Protocol

April 08, 2020

April 8, 2020 Hon. Doug Ford, Premier of OntarioLegislative BuildingQueen’s ParkToronto, ON M7A 1A1 Hon. Christine Elliott, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health of OntarioCollege Park 5th Floor, 777 Bay Street, Toronto, ON M7A 2J3 Hon. Raymond Sung Joon Cho, Minister of Seniors and Accessibility of OntarioMinistry for Seniors and AccessibilityCollege Park, 5th Floor777 Bay Street,…Read More

Press Release – Open Letter from Major Disability Organizations Calling on the Ontario Government to Ensure Persons are not Deprioritized from Accessing Critical Care Because of their Disability

April 08, 2020

TORONTO, April 8, 2020 – An open letter to the Ontario Government from over 200 disability and community organizations and over 4,800 individuals raises grave concerns about the Clinical Triage Protocol for Major Surge in COVID Pandemic (Ontario Health), dated March 28, 2020, because it threatens to deprioritize access to critical care to some patients…Read More

Focus: Emergency Measures for Administrative Tribunals – Hearings in Tribunal Proceedings (Temporary Measures) Act, 2020

Ontario puts in place emergency measures for administrative tribunals in response to COVID-19, including enacting Hearings in Tribunal Proceedings (Temporary Measures) Act, 2020, and suspending limitation and other procedural time periods.…Read More

ARCH Bulletin on COVID-19: Accessible Communication

March 25, 2020

All Official Communications About COVID-19 Directed to the Public Must be Accessible to All Persons In response to COVID-19, officials from all levels of government have provided daily news updates about how to stop the spread of the virus, what to do if you are sick, and how to get support if you are affected.…Read More

COVID-19 and Disability: Recommendations to the Canadian Government from Disability Related Organizations in Canada – March 24, 2020

March 25, 2020

Letter calling on the Government of Canada to recognize the unique vulnerabilities of persons with disabilities and their families during COVID-19.…Read More

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