- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- February 20, 2019
- Kimberly Srivastava
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Many children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) diagnosis suffer from a lack of access to meaningful education. Meaningful access to education is a basic human right. Many school boards refuse to provide Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) in the classroom despite the research which demonstrates that evidence based ABA is an effective approach to teach students with ASD and other diagnoses. » Read the rest
- December 27, 2018
- Anoop Kalsi
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A recent Globe and Mail article explored the growing number of human rights complaints involving workplace age discrimination.
Companies cannot fire or refuse to hire an older employee on the basis of age. Yet, they may find a way to make decisions that nonetheless lead to age discrimination. These factors that disproportionately affect older workers may include, but are not limited to:
- Career aspirations;
- Proximity to retirement;
- Ability to learn new skills; and
- Propensity to work overtime.
- December 21, 2018
- Laura Lepine
- Comments Off on Ministry of Education Gaining Power to Establish Service Animal Guidelines
The Ontario Ministry of Education has recently introduced Bill 48, the “Safe and Supportive Classrooms Act, 2018”, which mandates revocation of a teacher’s teaching certificate if he or she is guilty of professional misconduct involving sexual abuse of a child.
One provision of Bill 48, however, seems unrelated: Schedule 2 of the Bill would amend subsection 8(1) of the Education Act, giving the Minister of Education the power to establish policies and guidelines respecting service animals in schools. » Read the rest