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The Gabriel Award Goes to the film ‘I Go Forward’, Depicting Justin Clark’s Story

  • May 24, 2019
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The Gabriel Award, sponsored by The Catholic Academy of Communication Professionals, is awarded to films that convey “the worthiness of individuals while honoring the beauty of the human spirit.” For more information about the award, please visit their website here (link). This year, I Go Forward by David Gutnick is the recipient of this prestigious award and has been recognized in the General Excellence category. » Read the rest

Mental Health Awareness

  • May 8, 2019
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May 6th to 10th is the Canadian Mental Health Association’s (CMHA) Mental Health Awareness Week! In light of this, CMHA is asking Canadians to #GetLoud about what mental health really is. They remind us on their website linked here (link) that:

Mental health is a state of well-being, and we all have it. » Read the rest

HSARB Orders Increased Nursing Hours, Recognizing the Risk of Parental Burnout

  • May 2, 2019
  • Laura Lepine
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On January 10th, 2019 the Health Services Appeal and Review Board (“HSARB”) released its decision in the case of K.H. v Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network. K.H., a 9-year-old girl, has a condition called short bowel syndrome. Her conditions necessitates the overnight administration of intravenous nutrition, among other things. During the night, there is a risk of her intravenous line malfunctioning and needing to be fixed. » Read the rest

The Need to move Beyond Policy Remedies

  • April 25, 2019
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Persons with disability often face a Catch-22 when seeking funding from government assistance programs. To be eligible for the assistance programs, the applicants must show proof of a severe limitation in functional capacity. When an applicant can demonstrate this limitation, the funding they receive is based on the degree of limitation they face. » Read the rest

Clear line drawn on appropriate judicial and adjudicator activity in support of equality seeking groups: engaging with politicians and trying to persuade them to reach specific policy outcomes

  • April 16, 2019
  • Anoop Kalsi
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On December 20, 2018, the Ontario Judicial Counsel handed down a decision clearing the Honourable Justice Donald McLeod of judicial misconduct.

A finding of judicial misconduct can only be made where any breach of the standards of judicial conduct by the judge was “so seriously contrary to impartiality, integrity and independence of the judiciary that it has undermined the public’s confidence in the judge’s ability to perform the duties of office or in the administration of justice generally.” (para. » Read the rest

UN World Autism Awareness Day

  • April 2, 2019
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April 2nd is World Autism Awareness Day! In observance of this day, the United Nations is hosting a panel discussion at the UN Headquarters in New York City addressing “Assistive Technologies, Active Participation”. The discussion will be live from 10 a.m – 1 p.m. E.S.T.

The discussion will address:

  • The internet and digital communities: Leveling the playing field
  • Independent living: smart home technology and more
  • Education and employment: Communication and executive functioning
  • Telemedicine: Opening the doors to healthcare
  • The right to be heard: Political participation and advocacy

You can find the UN description of the event and the program here (link). » Read the rest

Workplace Mental Stress

  • March 19, 2019
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Work-related chronic mental stress is a diagnosed mental disorder resulting from elements and triggers, or a series of triggers, in their workplace. This is a tough issue, and many workers often struggle to find good advice.

The Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers Inc (OHCOW) has online resources available for individual who are suffering from workplace mental stress. » Read the rest

Class action certified for government negligence in abandoning 18 year old disabled people at the bottom of adult waitlists

  • March 11, 2019
  • Laura Lepine
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On December 14th, 2018, Justice Edward P. Belobaba of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, certified a class action proceeding brought by the father of a disabled person, Briana Leroux. Briana is 20 years old and has a rare brain disorder; she will need constant care for her whole life.

Until she turned 18, Briana received services via the Ministry of Children and Youth Services (“MCYS”). » Read the rest

Supreme Court of Canada Releases Decision in S.A. v. Metro Vancouver Housing Corp

  • February 28, 2019
  • Anoop Kalsi
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The Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) released their decision finding that Henson Trusts are not considered assets when determining eligibility for a rent subsidy.

Henson trusts, often relied upon by many persons with disabilities, allow family members to put aside money for persons with disabilities while preserving their entitlements for social assistance. » Read the rest

David Lepofsky, Disability Organizations Call on Federal Government to Improve Bill C-81

  • February 26, 2019
  • Laura Lepine
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On January 9th, 2019, the Chair of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act Alliance (“AODA Alliance”), David Lepofsky, sat down with CTV “Your Morning” host Kelsey McEwen to discuss the federal government’s Bill C-81, the proposed Accessible Canada Act.

Since the bill’s inception, the federal government has stated it is meant to reflect the principle “nothing about us without us!” However, disability groups including the AODA Alliance are calling foul. » Read the rest

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