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Bulletin d’ARCH sur COVID-19 : Le Programme d’appareils et accessoires fonctionnels (PAAF) est ouvert

May 15, 2020

Le PAAF accepte toutes demandes pour les appareils et accessoires fonctionnels Le PAAF a informé ARCH qu’il a maintenant rouvert ses portes et prend des décisions concernant les demandes de d’appareils et accessoires fonctionnels. Le bureau du PAAF a rouvert ses portes le 29 avril 2020. Le PAAF dit qu’il a fermé temporairement afin qu’il…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

Bulletin d’ARCH sur COVID-19 : Protocole de triage clinique de Santé Ontario pour une forte agumentation de cas lors de la pandémie de COVID

May 14, 2020

Qu’est-ce que le protocole de triage clinique de l’Ontario? Un document préliminaire concernant un protocole de triage clinique pour une forte augmentation de cas lors de la pandémie de COVID, daté du 28 mars 2020 par Santé Ontario, est destiné à aider les médecins à prendre des décisions difficiles quant aux personnes qui recevront des…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

Plaider pour que votre personne de soutien, votre accompagnateur ou votre assistant de communication soit avec vous à l’hôpital pendant la pandémie de COVID-19

May 08, 2020

Cette boîte à outils de plaidoyer fournit des informations juridiques et des conseils de plaidoyer aux personnes ayant un handicap qui ont besoin que leur personne de soutien, leur accompagnateur ou leur assistant de communication soit avec elles à l’hôpital pendant la pandémie de COVID-19. Cette trousse contient de l’information sur les lois et les…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

Plaider pour que votre personne de soutien ou votre préposé soit avec vous à l’hôpital pendant la pandémie de COVID-19 – RÉSUMÉ EN LANGAGE SIMPLE

May 05, 2020

Ce document est une version en langage simple de « Boîte à outils de plaidoyer sur COVID-19 : Plaider pour que votre personne de soutien, votre accompagnateur ou votre assistant de communication soit avec vous à l’hôpital pendant la pandémie de COVID-19 ». Ce document fournit des informations sur la loi et des conseils. Ces informations…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

Bulletin d’ARCH sur COVID-19 : Les personnes vivant dans les foyers de groupe de services aux personnes ayant une déficience intellectuelle doivent avoir accès à des personnes de soutien essentielles

May 05, 2020

Les personnes ayant un handicap s’inquiètent de l’interdiction de visites dans les foyers de groupe En Ontario, certaines personnes ayant une déficience intellectuelle vivent dans des foyers de groupe ou d’autres résidences de soins collectifs. Pour contrôler la propagation de la COVID-19, de nombreuses agences de services aux personnes ayant une déficience intellectuelle ont mis…Read More

Bulletin d’ARCH sur COVID-19 : Interdiction de visite dans les foyers de groupe de services aux personnes ayant une déficience intellectuelle – RÉSUMÉ EN LANGAGE SIMPLE

May 05, 2020

Ceci est un résumé en langage simple du « Bulletin d’ARCH sur COVID-19 : Les personnes vivant dans les foyers de groupe de services aux personnes ayant une déficience intellectuelle doivent avoir accès à des personnes de soutien essentielles ». De nombreuses agences de services aux personnes ayant une déficience intellectuelle en Ontario interdisent les…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

Bulletin d’ARCH sur COVID-19 : PAAF rouvert temporairement

April 30, 2020

ARCH Disability Law Center a appris que le gouvernement a temporairement rouvert les bureaux du PAAF pour traiter un nombre limité de demandes. Elles doivent être transmises par télécopieur, avec toute la documentation nécessaire. Si vous avez déjà soumis une demande, il n’est pas nécessaire de l’envoyer à nouveau au PAAF via télécopieur. Mais si…Read More

Bulletin d’ARCH sur COVID-19 : Ontario augmente temporairement les dépenses admissibles sous le programme Passeport

April 24, 2020

Les fonds de Passeport peuvent être temporairement utilisés pour plus de types de dépenses Le 23 avril 2020, le gouvernement a partagé le plan d’action COVID-19: protéger les Ontariens vulnérables. Il s’agit d’un document qui explique comment le gouvernement aidera les personnes qui vivent ou travaillent en milieu résidentiel à rester en sécurité et à…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

Bulletin d’ARCH sur COVID-19 : Ontario renouvelle les ordonnances d’urgence pour les foyers de soins de longue durée jusqu’au 6 mai 2020

April 23, 2020

Ordonnances d’urgence et directive de l’Ontario pour les foyers de soins de longue durée  ARCH reconnaît la vulnérabilité disproportionnée des résidents des foyers de soins de longue durée (SLD) qui sont des personnes âgées et des personnes ayant un handicap. Les résidents des foyers de soins de longue durée sont plus à risque d’infection par…Read More

Bulletin d’ARCH sur COVID-19 : Lignes directrices sur les tests prioritaires

April 23, 2020

Au cours du dernier mois, les tests de contrôle de la propagation de la COVID-19 sont devenus une préoccupation importante pour les personnes ayant un handicap à travers l’Ontario. Le 16 avril 2020, le premier ministre Ford a annoncé de nouvelles lignes directrices élargissant les groupes de personnes pouvant recevoir des tests prioritaires de la…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

Bulletin d’ARCH sur COVID-19 : le Programme d’appareils et accessoires fonctionnels n’est plus disponible

April 22, 2020

Le 24 mars 2020, le gouvernement de l’Ontario a décidé que le Programme d’appareils et accessoires fonctionnels (PAAF) ne sera plus considéré comme un service essentiel, dans le cadre de sa réponse à la pandémie de COVID-19. Cela signifie que les bureaux du PAAF sont fermés jusqu’à nouvel ordre en raison de COVID-19. De nombreux…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

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

Factsheet – Bill 175 – Connecting People to Home and Community Care Act, 2020 Regulations and Consultations – Fact Sheet 2

The government is putting most of the important parts of Bill 175 (Connecting People to Home and Community Care Act) into Regulations. This is a problem because Regulations can be passed or changed by the Cabinet. They do not have to be debated by all of our Members of Provincial Parliament. This means that the…Read More

Factsheet – Bill 175 – Connecting People To Home and Community Care Act – Fact Sheet 1

Bill 175 is moving quickly through the Ontario Legislature. It was introduced by Health Minister Christine Elliott on February 25, 2020, when it passed First Reading. Debate on the Bill was held on March 2nd – 5th and 9th & 10th, 2020. The Bill passed Second Reading on March 10th, 2020. The Bill is now…Read More

Bulletin d’ARCH sur COVID-19 : Communications accessibles

March 25, 2020

Toutes communications officielles concernant COVID-19 destinées au public doivent être accessibles à tous En réponse à COVID-19, des responsables de tous les niveaux de gouvernement ont fourni des nouvelles quotidiennes sur la façon d’arrêter la propagation du virus, que faire si vous êtes malade et comment obtenir de l’aide si vous êtes touché. Ces informations…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

Submission – Submission of ARCH Disability Law Centre to the Canadian Transportation Agency Phase II – Consultation on the Accessible Transportation for Persons with Disabilities Regulations (ATPDR)

February 27, 2020

Introduction ARCH is pleased to provide this submission to the Canadian Transportation Agency (Agency) as part of its Phase II Consultation on the Accessible Transportation for Persons with Disabilities Regulations (ATPDR). Accessible transportation is essential for realizing full and equal participation of persons with disabilities in Canada. Without access to transportation, people with disabilities are…Read More

Factsheet – What is the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA)?

December 09, 2019

What is the AODA? The AODA is a law that aims to achieve a barrier free, or fully accessible, Ontario by 2025. The AODA asks obligated organizations to identify, remove and/or prevent barriers to full inclusion and participation of persons with disabilities in society. The AODA states that barriers are anything that stops the full…Read More

Fiche d’information – Qu’est-ce que la Loi sur l’accessibilité pour les personnes handicapées de l’Ontario (LAPHO)?

December 06, 2019

Qu’est-ce que la LAPHO? La LAPHO est une loi qui vise à créer un Ontario sans obstacle, ou complétement accessible, d’ici 2025. La LAPHO demande aux organisations assujetties d’identifier, d’éliminer et/ou de prévenir les obstacles à la pleine inclusion et participation des personnes ayant un handicap dans la société. La LAPHO déclare que les obstacles…Read More

Factsheet – Service Rights in Attendant Services: Refusal to provide personal records

December 06, 2019

What can I do if my service provider refuses to give me my personal records? What does the law say? Ontario’s Personal Health Information Protection Act, 2004 (PHIPA) creates rules about your personal health information. Personal health information includes any information about your physical or mental health. It also includes an attendant service plan. Service…Read More

Fiche d’information – La Convention relative aux droits des personnes handicapées (CDPH) et le Protocole facultatif

November 21, 2019

Qu’est-ce que la Convention relative aux droits des personnes handicapées? Cette convention s’appelle souvent la CDPH. La CDPH est un accord international qui promeut et protège les droits de la personne des personnes ayant un handicap. La CDPH énonce que les personnes ayant un handicap ont le droit d’être traitées de manière égale, de prendre…Read More

Factsheet – The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) and the Optional Protocol

What is the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)? This Convention is an international agreement that promotes and protects human rights for persons with disabilities. It is often called the CRPD. The CRPD says that persons with disabilities have the right to be treated equally, make their own decisions, have their rights…Read More

Submission – ARCH Submissions on the Canadian Human Rights Commission Draft Complaint Rules

Sent via email to Piero.Narducci@chrc-ccdp.gc.ca October 18, 2019 Piero NarducciDirector GeneralComplaints Services BranchCanadian Human Rights Commission Dear Mr. Narducci: Re:  ARCH Submissions on the Canadian Human Rights Commission Draft Complaint Rules On September 13, 2019, the Canadian Human Rights Commission (the “Commission”) invited several organizations to participate on a teleconference call to provide feedback on…Read More

Paper – The Legal Rights and Challenges Faced by Persons with Chronic Disability Triggered by Environmental Factors

September 20, 2019

Report prepared by ARCH Disability Law Centre and the Canadian Environmental Law Association September 2019 Acknowledgements: ARCH and CELA gratefully acknowledge the following people in the preparation of this report. Authors: Dianne Wintermute, Lawyer (ARCH) and Kathleen Cooper, Senior Researcher and Paralegal (CELA) Legal and Research Assistants: Joshua Patlik and Erica Stahl We are particularly…Read More

Guide – Guide des services auxiliaires en Ontario

August 15, 2019

Veuillez noter que les informations contenues dans ce guide ne s’appliquent pas à toutes les situations. Les besoins d’accommodement d’une personne peuvent changer avec le temps et à différents moments de la journée. Les versions PDF et RTF de ce guide sont disponibles ci-dessous. Introduction Connaissez vos droits En Ontario, les règles concernant la plupart…Read More

Guide – Attendant Services in Ontario

August 15, 2019

Please note that the information in this Guide does not apply to all situations. A person’s accommodation needs may vary over time and at different points in the day. PDF and RTF versions of this guide are available at the end of this page. Introduction Know your Rights In Ontario, the rules about most attendant…Read More

Fiche d’information – Qu’est-ce que la nouvelle Loi canadienne sur l’acessibilité (LCA)?

Qu’est-ce que la LCA? La LCA est une nouvelle loi qui vise à instaurer un Canada sans obstacles d’ici 2040. La LCA vise à créer un Canada sans obstacles en identifiant, en éliminant et en prévenant les obstacles. Elle définit un obstacle comme tout ce qui nuit à la participation pleine et égale dans la…Read More

Fact Sheet – What is the new Accessible Canada Act (ACA)?

July 30, 2019

What is the ACA? The ACA is a new law that aims to achieve a barrier free Canada by 2040. The ACA aims to achieve a barrier free Canada by identifying, addressing and preventing barriers. It defines barrier as anything that hinders the full and equal participation in society of persons with a physical, mental,…Read More

Submission – Plain English version of the Submission of Canadian Civil Society Organizations to the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

July 29, 2019

Submission – Canada: Community Organizations and Organizations of People with Disabilities Report on the “List of Issues Prior to Reporting” Plain English* version of: Submission of Canadian Civil Society Organizations to the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities On the List of Issues Prior to Reporting [Canada] to be adopted during the 22nd…Read More

Submission of Canadian Civil Society Organizations to the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

July 26, 2019

On the List of Issues Prior to Reporting [Canada] to be adopted during the 22nd Session of the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities ARCH and numerous disability organizations and groups prepared a submission to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (“Committee”) on July 26, 2019.  The submission…Read More

Fiche d’information – Mesures d’adaptation devant les tribunaux administratifs: mesures d’adaptation au Tribunal des droits de la personne de l’Ontario (TDPO)

Je suis un requérant non représenté devant le Tribunal des droits de la personne de l’Ontario. J’ai une audience à venir, mais j’ai besoin de mesures d’adaptation liées à un handicap pour participer de manière significative à l’audience. Quels sont mes droits? Que dit la loi? Le Tribunal des droits de la personne de l’Ontario…Read More

Fact Sheet – Procedural Accommodations at Administrative Tribunals: Accomodations in the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (HRTO)

I am a self-represented Applicant at the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario. I have a hearing coming up, but I need disability-related accommodations to participate in the hearing meaningfully. What are my rights? What does the law say? The Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (the Tribunal) is required to provide disability-related accommodations to the point…Read More

Fact Sheet – Class Action Settlement Funds and Government Funded Services and Supports

Many people with disabilities who lived at Huronia, Rideau and Southwestern Regional Centres received money as part of Class Action Settlements. Can developmental services or other government funded services and supports be denied to someone because they received settlement money from these Class Actions? • Settlement Agreements in the Huronia, Rideau and Southwestern Class Actions…Read More

Questions & Answers – Abuse of People with Disabilities

February 14, 2019

Steps to Justice developed this material in partnership with ARCH. You can access the Questions and Answers below, or go to www.stepstojustice.ca/legal-topic/health-and-disability/abuse-people-disabilities Steps to Justice is a project of the Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO) and gives reliable and practical information on everyday legal problems experienced by people in Ontario. Abuse of people with disabilities…Read More

Fiche d’Information – Conseils pour avocats et parajuristes en Ontario : Mesures d’adaptation pour les clients accompagnés par une personne de soutien

Mon client a besoin d’une personne de soutien pour participer à une rencontre en raison de son handicap. Puis-je refuser d’inclure la personne de soutien dans la rencontre avec mon client? Que dit la loi? En tant que fournisseurs de services juridiques, les avocats et les parajuristes doivent accommoder leurs clients ayant un handicap à…Read More

Fact Sheet – Tips for Lawyers and Paralegals in Ontario: Accommodating clients requiring a support person

My client requires a support person as a disability-related accommodation to participate in a meeting. Can I refuse to include the support person in the meeting with my client? What Does the Law Say? As legal service providers, lawyers and paralegals must accommodate their clients with disabilities to the point of undue hardship, as required…Read More

Fiche d’Information – Conseils pour avocats et parajuristes en Ontario : Mesures d’adaptation pour les clients qui ont besoin de temps supplémentaire

Puis-je facturer des frais juridiques supplémentaires à mon client pour des rendez-vous plus longs, lorsque le temps supplémentaire est un besoin lié à son handicap? Mon client a besoin de plus de temps qu’un rendez-vous habituel de trente minutes   pour expliquer son problème juridique en raison de son handicap. Dois-je accommoder mon client? Puis-je facturer…Read More

Fact Sheet – Tips for Lawyers and Paralegals in Ontario: Accommodating clients who need extra time

Can I charge my client additional legal fees for longer appointments when extra time is a disability-related need? My client requires more time to explain their legal issue than the routine thirty-minute appointment due to their disability. Do I need to accommodate my client? Can I charge them for the extra time I spend with…Read More

Fiche d’Information – Conseils pour avocats et parajuristes en Ontario : Mesures d’adaptation pour les clients au moyen de communication par courriel

Mon client demande de l’accommoder en communiquant par courriel en raison de son handicap. Quelles sont mes obligations professionnelles? Que dit la loi? Le Barreau de l’Ontario interdit toute forme de discrimination, y compris à l’encontre des personnes ayant un handicap. Cette interdiction et l’obligation de fournir des services juridiques conformément au Code des droits…Read More

Fact Sheet – Tips for Lawyers and Paralegals in Ontario: Accommodating clients by communicating via email

My client asks to communicate via email as an accommodation. What are my professional obligations? What Does the Law Say? The Law Society of Ontario prohibits any form of discrimination, including against persons with disabilities. This prohibition and the obligation to provide legal services in accordance with Ontario’s Human Rights Code are detailed in the…Read More

Guide – Accès aux services juridiques: un guide pour les personnes ayant un handicap en Ontario

Ce guide est destiné aux personnes ayant un handicap qui recherchent ou reçoivent des services juridiques. Les informations contenues dans ce guide servent d’informations juridiques sur le droit à des services juridiques accessibles. Il n’est pas destiné à être un conseil juridique. Les versions PDF et RTF de ce guide sont disponibles ci-dessous. Conseils juridiques…Read More

Guide – Using Legal Services: A Guide for persons with disabilities in Ontario

This Guide is intended for persons with disabilities who are seeking or receiving legal services. The information in this Guide serves as legal information on the right to accessible legal services. It is not intended to be legal advice. PDF and RTF versions of this guide are available at the end of this page. Free…Read More

Guide – Conseils aux avocats et aux parajuristes pour fournir des services juridiques accessibles aux personnes ayant un handicap en Ontario

Ce guide est destiné aux avocats et aux parajuristes qui fournissent des services juridiques aux personnes ayant un handicap. Il n’est pas destiné à être un conseil juridique. Veuillez noter que les informations contenues dans ce guide ne s’appliquent pas à toutes les situations. Les besoins d’une personne peuvent varier dans le temps et à…Read More

Guide – Tips for Lawyers and Paralegals on Providing Accessible Legal Services to Persons with Disabilities in Ontario

This Guide is intended for lawyers and paralegals who provide legal services to persons with disabilities. It is not intended to be legal advice. Please note that the information in this Guide does not apply to all situations. A person’s needs may vary over time and at different points in the day. Always ask the…Read More

Guide – Droits de la personne et éducation en Ontario : Un guide général pour les étudiants

Veuillez noter que les informations contenues dans ce guide ne s’appliquent pas à toutes les situations. Les besoins en mesures d’adaptation d’une personne peuvent varier dans le temps et à différents moments de la journée. Demandez toujours à la personne ayant un handicap comment vous y prendre pour mieux la servir. Les versions PDF et…Read More

Guide – Human Rights and Education in Ontario: A general guide for students

Please note that the information in this Guide does not apply to all situations. A person’s accommodation needs may vary over time and at different points in the day. Always ask the person with the disability how to most appropriately accommodate them. PDF and RTF versions of this guide are available at the end of…Read More

Boîte à outils de plaidoyer – Animaux d’assistance dans les écoles en Ontario

Veuillez noter que les informations contenues dans ce guide ne s’appliquent pas à toutes les situations. Les besoins en mesures d’adaptation d’une personne peuvent varier dans le temps et à différents moments de la journée. Demandez toujours à la personne ayant un handicap comment vous y prendre pour mieux l’aider. Les versions PDF et RTF…Read More

Advocacy Toolkit – Service Animals in Schools in Ontario

Please note that the information in this Guide does not apply to all situations. A person’s accommodation needs may vary over time and at different points in the day. Always ask the person with the disability how to most appropriately accommodate them. PDF and RTF versions of this toolkit are available at the end of…Read More

Boîte à outils de plaidoyer – Votre droit de ne pas être exclu de l’école en Ontario

January 31, 2019

Veuillez noter que les informations contenues dans cette boîte à outils ne s’appliquent pas à toutes les situations. Les besoins en mesures d’adaptation d’une personne peuvent varier dans le temps et à différents moments de la journée. Demandez toujours à la personne handicapée comment vous y prendre pour mieux l’aider. Les versions PDF et RTF…Read More

Advocacy Toolkit – Your Right to not be Excluded from School in Ontario

Please note that the information in this Toolkit does not apply to all situations. A person’s accommodation needs may vary over time and at different points in the day. Always ask the person with the disability how to most appropriately accommodate them. PDF and RTF versions of this toolkit are available at the end of…Read More

Submission – ARCH Submission to Ministry of Education (2018)

December 14, 2018

Joint submission to the Government of Ontario for their consultation related to Ontario’s education system, submitted by ARCH Disability Law Centre, Community Living Ontario, Brockville and District Association for Community Involvement, Inclusion Research Team Brock University, Canadian Research Centre on Inclusive Education Western University and Inclusive Education Canada. PDF and RTF versions of this submission are…Read More

Fiche d’Information – Services et soutiens aux personnes ayant une déficience intellectuelle

December 01, 2018
Tags:SOPDI

Les adultes ayant une déficience intellectuelle peuvent être en mesure d’obtenir certains services et soutiens par l’intermédiaire des Services de l’Ontario pour les personnes ayant une déficience intellectuelle (SOPDI). Les SOPDI font partie du ministère des Services à l’enfance et des Services sociaux et communautaires. Le ministère paie d’autres agences pour fournir les services et…Read More

Fact Sheet – Services and supports for people labelled with an intellectual disability

December 01, 2018

Adults labelled with intellectual disabilities may be able to get some services and supports through Developmental Services Ontario (DSO). The DSO is part of the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services. The Ministry pays other agencies to give the services and supports. But the first step is to apply to the DSO. PDF and…Read More

National Access Awaress Event 2018 is now available for online viewing

November 21, 2018

National Access Awareness Program 2018 from June 5, 2018 is now available for online viewing. MP4 Video with Slides (allows you to download the video to view later; with presentation slides): The event was provided in partnership by ARCH Disability Law Centre and The Law Society of Ontario.…Read More

Submission – ARCH’s Recommendations for Strengthening Bill C-81, the Accessible Canada Act (2018)

ARCH’s recommended amendments to ensure that Bill C-81, the Accessible Canada Act, achieves its purpose and potential. This resource is part of ARCH’s Advocating for an Accessible Canada initiative. For more information about the initiative, go to: www.archdisabilitylaw.ca/initiatives/advocating-for-accessibility-in-canada PDF and RTF versions of this submission are available at the end of this page. [Le français…Read More

Plain Language Summary: Legal Analysis of Bill C-81 – Final Report (2018)

October 01, 2018

A summary of the legal analysis of Bill C-81, Accessible Canada Act, in plain language. PDF and RTF versions of this summary are available at the end of this page.…Read More

Paper – Legal Analysis of Accessible Canada Act – Final Report (2018)

This report provides a legal analysis of Bill C-81, An Act to ensure a barrier free Canada. It incorporates feedback that ARCH received from persons with disabilities and disability organizations on the first draft of this report. This resource is part of ARCH’s Advocating for an Accessible Canada initiative. For more information about the initiative,…Read More

Submission – ARCH’s Submission on Third Independent Review of the AODA (2018)

September 28, 2018

ARCH’s submission on the Third Independent Review of the AODA. The recommendations here should be considered together with ARCH submissions to the past two Independent Reviews and ARCH submissions on the AODA standards.  PDF and RTF versions of this submission are available at the end of this page. Submission to the Honourable David C. Onley Third…Read More

Questions & Answers – Services for people with disabilities

Steps to Justice developed this material in partnership with ARCH. You can access the Questions and Answers below, or go to www.stepstojustice.ca/legal-topic/health-and-disability/services-people-disabilities Steps to Justice is a project of the Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO) and gives reliable and practical information on everyday legal problems experienced by people in Ontario. Services for people with disabilities…Read More

ARCH Annual General Meeting

September 19, 2018

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING Monday, October 1, 2018Metro Hall55 John Street, Suite 308(King Street West and John Street)Parking details at http://en.parkopedia.ca/  Registration begins at 5:30 p.m.Meeting and presentation run from 6:00 p.m. until approximately 8:00 p.m. ARCH Staff Presentation The Accessible Canada Act: What it says and what ARCH is doing about it  RSVP TO THERESA SCIBERRAS by…Read More

Submission – ARCH’s Initial Recommendations for Review of the AODA Employment Accessibility Standard (2018)

July 27, 2018

ARCH’s submission on the Initial Recommendations for Review of the Employment Accessibility Standard under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. PDF and RTF versions of this submission are available at the end of this page.…Read More

Paper – If Inclusion Means Everyone, WHY NOT ME? (2018)

A Final Report for the extensive research study on the barriers to meaningful and inclusive education from K to 12 in Ontario conducted by ARCH, in partnership with Brock University, Western University, Community Living Ontario, Inclusive Education Canada, and Brockville and District Association for Community Living. This resource is part of ARCH’s Inclusive Education initiative.…Read More

Submission – Vulnerable Persons Standard (VPS) on the Proposed Regulations for Monitoring of Medical Assistance in Dying (2018)

The Vulnerable Person Standard incorporates five evidence-based safeguards intended to protect the lives of Canadians. These safeguards aim to ensure that Canadians requesting assistance from physicians to end their life can do so without jeopardizing the lives of persons in circumstances that make them vulnerable to abuse, coercion, and inducement to suicide. In this submission…Read More

Paper – Self-Advocacy from the Ashes of the Institution (2017)

September 13, 2017

The Canadian Journal of Disability Studies published a paper co-authored by Respecting Rights members Peter Park and Sue Hutton. The paper features use of graphic data on the history of the institutions, and explores the oral stories of  Peter and another survivor of Canada’s institutions for persons labelled with intellectual disability. This resource is part…Read More

Submission – AODA Alliance and ARCH’s Joint Submission on the AODA Transportation Accessibility Standard (2017)

The AODA Alliance and ARCH Disability Law Centre present concrete, workable, and much-needed revisions to strengthen Ontario’s 2011 Transportation Accessibility Standard that was enacted under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). This is the final joint submission with recommendations to Ontario’s Transportation Standards Development Committee for the Review of the Transportation Accessibility Standard…Read More

Submission – ARCH’s Submission on the Proposed AODA Education Standard (2017)

July 13, 2017

ARCH’s submission on the initial consultation regarding the scope and mandate of the Standards Development Committee developing an Education Standard under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. PDF and RTF versions of this submission are available at the end of this page. July 13, 2017 The Honourable Kathleen WynnePremier of OntarioLegislative Building Queen’s Park…Read More

Submission – ARCH’s Submission to the Ontario Human Rights Commission on its Review of the ‘Guidelines on Accessible Education’ (2017)

June 09, 2017

ARCH submission to the OHRC review of ‘Guidelines on Accessible Education’ outlines major developments in the legal framework around human rights and education since the Guidelines were first published. ARCH’s recommendations  in the submission rely largely on Article 24 of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (“CRPD”) as a starting framework. PDF and…Read More

Paper – Considerations for Effective Implementation and Enforcement of the Proposed Federal Accessibility Legislation (2017)

This paper addresses an important legal issue ARCH recommended the Government to address as it developed the proposed federal accessibility legislation: ensuring effective implementation and enforcement of the proposed federal accessibility legislation. ARCH’s Considerations for Effective Implementation and Enforcement of the Proposed Federal Accessibility Legislation were presented to government in its consultation process as it…Read More

Submission – Canadian Civil Society Parallel Report Group Submission to UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (2017)

March 20, 2017
Tags:CRPD

The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) is an international human rights law which protects and promotes the rights of persons with disabilities. Canada ratified the CRPD in 2010. The UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is a group of independent experts who monitor the implementation of the CRPD.…Read More

Submission – ARCH’s Submission on the Government of Canada’s Accession to the Optional Protocol to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (2017)

March 15, 2017
Tags:CRPD

ARCH’s submission to Review of Canada’s Accession to the United Nations Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD).  The Optional Protocol (OP) provides two procedures by which the UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities can oversee implementation of Convention rights: a complaints procedure for individuals on violations…Read More

Paper – A Conceptual and Legal Framework for Inclusive Education – Jody R Carr (2017)

February 27, 2017

This paper is authored by former Education Minister of New Brunswick, Jody Carr, on behalf of ARCH Disability Law Centre, to explore and articulate a framework for reform for the delivery of public education services across Canada that is both accessible and inclusive of all children. Introduction There has been significant evolution in Canadian jurisprudence,…Read More

Paper – Discussion Paper on Proposed Federal Accessibility Legislation and the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (2017)

This paper addresses an important legal issue ARCH recommended the Government to address as it developed the proposed federal accessibility legislation: the United Nations’ Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and its relationship with the planned federal accessibility legislation. In this paper ARCH provides a legal analysis of the role that the Convention…Read More

Paper – Invented Power: An Analysis of the Exclusion Clause in Ontario’s Education Act, 2017

January 12, 2017

Citation: Luke Reid, “Invented Power: An Analysis of the Exclusion Clause in Ontario’s Education Act” in Caroline Spindler Ed., CAPSLE 2016: Bright Lights on Emerging Issues in Education Law, Proceedings of the Twenty-Seventh Annual Conference of the Canadian Association for the Practical Study of Law in Education, held in Toronto, Ontario May 1 – 3, 2016…Read More

Submission – ARCH’s Submission on Bill C-14 Medical Assistance in Dying, 2016

PDF and RTF versions of this submission are available at the end of this page. A Call for Safeguards Submission by ARCH Disability Law Centre to the Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights regarding Bill C–14 An Act to amend the Criminal Code and to make related amendments to other Acts (Medical Assistance in…Read More

Submission – ARCH Submission to the Federal Standing Committee Considering Citizenship Act Amendments, 2016

PDF and RTF versions of this submission are available at the end of this page. Introduction We applaud the government’s introduction of Bill C-6 with the aim of restoring and fostering a diverse, fair and inclusive Canada. We ask the Standing Committee to take this opportunity to strengthen Bill C-6’s reforms by making small but…Read More

Submission – Brief to the Ontario Government on Necessary Revisions to the 2007 Customer Service Accessibility Standard, 2016

PDF and RTF versions of this submission are available at the end of this page. Introduction In this brief, the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) Alliance and ARCH Disability Law Centre (ARCH) jointly present concrete, workable, and much-needed revisions to strengthen the Customer Service Accessibility Standard. The Ontario Government can easily implement these…Read More

Submission – ARCH Submission to the Provincial-Territorial Expert Advisory Group on Physician-Assisted Dying, 2015

This submission was offered to the Federal External Panel on Options for a Legislative Response to the Supreme Court’s decision on physician-assisted dying in Carter v Canada. The issue of physician-assisted dying has provoked a wide range of responses from the various segments of the communities of persons with disabilities in Ontario. ARCH has gone…Read More

Paper – Open Court and Confidentiality: Can there be a Balance in Light of our New Media Age?

Paper prepared for the OBA Human Rights Annual Update on May 23, 2014. The topic of discussion in this paper revolves around privacy issues that arise when persons with disabilities seek redress before the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (HRTO). It is likely that confidentiality will not be maintained and intimate details about their disability…Read More

Paper – Law and Ordered C.H.A.O.S.: Social Science Methodology, and the Charter Claims of Persons with Disabilities

October 24, 2013

ARCH Co-Authors article published in a special issue of the National Journal of Constitutional Law focused on Social Science Evidence and the Charter, 2013. Citation: John David Lee, C. Tess Sheldon and Roberto Lattanzio, “Law and Ordered C.H.A.O.S.: Social Science Methodology, and the Charter Claims of Persons with Disabilities” (2013) 32 NJCL 1 at 61.…Read More

Paper – Comparing the Incomparable in Human Rights Claims: Moore Guidance, 2013

Paper presented at the Ontario Bar Association’s 2013 Annual Human Rights Update: Keeping on Top of Key Developments Part II. This paper focuses on the Supreme Court of Canada decision in Moore v. British Columbia (Ministry of Education) and the use of a strict comparative analysis when framing and adjudicating statutory human rights claims. In this paper,…Read More

Paper – Inclusive Education: Opportunities for Redesign, 2010

April 15, 2010

This paper was written for 2010 CAPSLE Conference in Calgary on Inclusive Education and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. In 2010, Canada ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD), affirming its commitment to inclusive education. In this paper, ARCH discusses universal design as…Read More

Paper – A Federal Disability Act: Opportunities and Challenges (2006)

October 01, 2006

A Paper Commissioned by the Council of Canadians with Disabilities and the Canadian Association for Community Living, advancing a set of tools that could be implemented in a Federal Disability Act, and outlining a model legislative framework to illustrate how proposed strategies and tools might interact. This resource is part of ARCH’s Advocating for an…Read More



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