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Bakerlaw Blog | Recent Announcements

Accommodated Testing on the LSAT

In May 2014, the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) settled a lawsuit with the U.S. Department of Justice regarding accommodations on the Law School Admission Test (LSAT) (link to settlement agreement).  In the lawsuit, the plaintiffs alleged that the LSAC’s accommodation policy violated the Americans with Disabilities Act, as well as state anti-discrimination laws. …

Bakerlaw Blog | Recent Announcements

The Government Spending More Money Fighting Claims than Getting People Care

An article recently published in the London Free Press outlines the transformation of Ontario’s health care coverage claim and appeal process into a system in which the Ministry of Health denies countless deserving claims and it is nearly impossible for a patient to win an appeal to the Health Services Appeal and Review Board (link to article). …

Bakerlaw Blog | Recent Announcements

VIA Rail Class Action and Settlement Agreement regarding Inaccessibility of VIA train Sleeper Cars

In August 2014, bakerlaw posted about VIA Rail’s announcement of new accessible cabins for two on its Canadian train between Toronto and Vancouver (link to post).   Trips onboard the renovated sleeper car with an accessible double sleeping compartment are now being offered at a compensatory discount to members of a recent class action settlement in Cummings vs.

Bakerlaw Blog | Recent Announcements

Youth Mental Health in Education (YMHE) Action Group – Ensuring Accessible Education for Students with Mental Health Disabilities

On October 7, 2014, bakerlaw client Sheryl Boswell hosted the “Taking Action in Youth Mental Health in Education” event to raise awareness and funds for the Youth Mental Health in Education (YMHE) Action group.  The YMHE Action group is comprised of educators, parents, people with experience in mental health issues, and concerned community members, all of whom share the goals of increasing awareness of youth mental health issues in the educational system and ensuring that accessible education is a reality for all.…

Bakerlaw Blog | Recent Announcements

Bakerlaw to appear before Supreme Court of Canada in Carter Assisted Suicide case

On Wednesday, October 15, 2014, the Supreme Court of Canada is set to hear arguments on whether Canada should strike down statutory provisions designed to prevent assisted suicide, but only with regard to disabled people. The Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD) and the Canadian Association for Community Living (CACL) are the organized voice of Canada’s disabled citizens and will be represented by bakerlaw as an intervener at the hearing in order to oppose efforts to legalize assisted suicide and euthanasia (AS/E).…

Bakerlaw Blog | Recent Announcements

“Humanity Evolving on Human Rights” – Interesting and Insightful Comment from Disability Rights Advocate Jim Derksen

On September 29, 2014, disability rights advocate Jim Derksen published an insightful comment on the development of human rights understanding (link to article). Mr. Derksen is a leader in local, provincial, national, and international disability movements, and presently serves on the inclusive design advisory committee and human rights advisory council to the Canadian Museum of Human Rights, an organization he believes will play an important role in facilitating ongoing discussion about what human rights means and “how it can be applied to human relations throughout the world.”

For more information on your human rights, please feel free to contact us (link).…