CWDO February Newsletter is Out!

Check out the Citizens with Disabilities – Ontario’s newsletter (link) for some links to important studies on employment and disability as well as access to necessary prescription medication.

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Bakerlaw is Hiring!

  • January 6, 2017
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Bakerlaw will be hiring a summer student for 2017!

We anticipate that the work will have a significant focus on Charter cases, along with other practice areas at bakerlaw.

Applications should include a cover letter outlining fit with Bakerlaw, including litigation/advocacy skills and experience, research and policy skills, knowledge of disability, equality rights and charter issues, as well as academic proficiency; a detailed resume, names and contact information for 2 legal/academic references, law school and undergraduate grades and a legal writing sample. » Read the rest

Project Value

  • July 26, 2016
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Project value focuses on countering the negative myths and stereotypes about living with a disability. The Project highlights the positive outcomes of supported living.

Project Value seeks to show the “other side of the disability story”. To see this “other side” simply visit: https://www.facebook.com/projectmyvalue each day for the next couple of weeks, to view, like and share the videos. » Read the rest

Fighting for the Right to Live in the Community

  • July 11, 2016
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Bakerlaw’s David Baker and Emily Shepard finished up the first week of hearing in Kingston. The case centres on the idea that persons with disabilities should have the right to live and receive care in the community if they chose to, rather than be forced to live in an institution. You can read more about the case and our client here (link). » Read the rest

“Community Care at Heart of Human Rights Case”

  • July 6, 2016
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“Community Care at Heart of Human Rights Case” was the headline on Whig Standard’s story written by Ronald Zajac yesterday. His article (link) describes bakerlaw’s current case against the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. To learn more about the case, you can read our earlier blog post here (link), here (link), or here (link). » Read the rest

Day 1: “Ian would die” if institutionalized

  • July 6, 2016
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Bakerlaw’s David Baker and Emily Shepard delivered opening statements and began the testimony of our client’s mother yesterday in Kingston. They are arguing that the unnecessary institutionalization of a person with disabilities is discriminatory. To learn more about the case check out our earlier blog posts here (link) and  here (link). » Read the rest

Finding the Right Balance

  • June 23, 2016
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The Globe and Mail recently published an article that highlighted the delicate balance between inclusion and accommodation of students with disabilities with ensuring the safety and well-being of all students in the classroom. The article tells the story of a lawsuit against the Toronto District School Board by parents whose children were assaulted by a special needs student. » Read the rest

Autism & Education

  • June 23, 2016
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The Waterloo School Board has announced it is beginning discussions with the Province on ways to support students with autism in the school setting. This move was sparked by the Ministry of Children and Youth Services’ announcement to cut the IBI (Intensive Behavioural Intervention) waitlists and remove children over the age of 5 whether they have received IBI or not. » Read the rest

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