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TDSB Discriminated Against Student with Mental Health Disability

  • January 22, 2016
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A while ago, bakerlaw accepted a client who had a mental health disability and had to be removed from a Toronto District School Board school because it was not providing him with the supports and accommodations he required.

In this case, the Tribunal found that the TDSB discriminated against a student by failing to provide him with the support that he needed for his anxiety and depression. » Read the rest

Discriminatory Post-Secondary Albatross Removed!

  • January 21, 2016
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Recently, bakerlaw settled a case for its client who was unable to return to school because she had previously failed a class as a result of a lack of disability supports. At the time, the student did not realize she had a disability. It was only after being removed from the program that she learned of the disability and how it was a factor in the failed grade and her ultimate removal from the institution. » Read the rest

Life Gift by Audrey King

  • January 20, 2016
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My purpose in making this video is to inform those with authority, influence and decision making powers… (e.g. educators, health care professionals, parents ) that life is valuable, regardless of circumstance.

Even with severe disability, the goals, achievements and pleasures of life are entirely possible.

Some choose to deliberately expedition themselves across the Sahara or quest the summit of Everest.  » Read the rest

Getting students with disabilities back to school: challenging suspensions and expulsions

  • December 16, 2015
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When a student with a disability has been suspended, expelled, or excluded from school the process for challenging this decision can be complicated and frustrating. Bakerlaw has been involved in getting many students back to school through both the human rights and the school board processes.

In one case, Bakerlaw represented a student who was ordered back to school by the Human Rights Tribunal because he had been excluded from school on a discriminatory basis: see R.B. » Read the rest

Out-of-country medical care for youth with mental health disabilities

  • November 25, 2015
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Bakerlaw has been extensively involved in filing applications with OHIP for out-of-country treatment, as well as filing appeals of negative OHIP decisions to the Health Services Appeal and Review Board. Many of our clients have been adolescents and young adults with complex mental health disabilities who urgently require residential treatment in specialized facilities in the United States. » Read the rest

Alberta Disability Forum’s “Dialogue on Health and Physician-Assisted Dying”

  • October 30, 2015
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On October 29, 2015, David Baker participated in the Alberta Disability Forum’s “Dialogue on Health and Physician-Assisted Dying” alongside Dr. Eric Wasylenko.

Dr. Wasylenko is a palliative care physician in the Calgary area, and a clinical ethicist with the Health Quality Council of Alberta.  He is also a member of the John Dossetor Health Ethics Centre at the University of Alberta, and a Clinical lecturer at the University of Calgary. » Read the rest

Proposal for the Changing Workplace Review Initiative

  • October 21, 2015
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David Baker and previous bakerlaw associate Meryl Gary (Lancaster House), Wade Poziomka (Ross & McBride LLP), and Karen Segal (Lancaster House) have together drafted a proposal regarding the Changing Workplaces Review. This Review was tasked with “engaging openly with Ontarians to consider actions that will support labour and employment law reforms” and with “building a fair and inclusive society”. » Read the rest

New OHRC report on persons with mental health and addiction disabilities

  • October 15, 2015
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On October 5, 2015, the Ontario Human Rights Commission released a new report, ‘By the numbers – a statistical profile of people with mental health and addiction disabilities in Ontario.’

To review the report, click here (link to report).

For more information on your rights with respect to mental health and addiction disabilities, please contact us (link ). » Read the rest

One Step Closer to Deinstitutionalization

  • October 14, 2015
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Bakerlaw has been working to import the “Olmstead principle” into Canadian human rights law (for an earlier post on the issue click here (link to post). In the Olmstead case, a U.S. court held that it was discriminatory to place people in institutions when they could receive the care they required in the community (for more information read the Olmstead case here (link to case) or visit the Bazelon Centre website (link to website)). » Read the rest

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