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Psychosis and Police: a dangerous mix

  • August 26, 2020
  • Kimberly Srivastava
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There has been a lot in the news lately about who is best positioned to respond to those experiencing a mental health crisis. “Wellness checks” are best done by those who have proper training to provide assistance to those being checked in on. This article (link) offers a first person view of someone experiencing a mental health crisis which demonstrates the complexity of the situation. » Read the rest

COVID-19, Wills and Dependent Children with Disabilities

  • August 26, 2020
  • Kimberly Srivastava
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Making or Updating your will in light of the pandemic?

A recent case in Alberta: Lamont Estate, 2020 ABQB 449 (link), dealt with the sale of a house where the testator’s dependent daughter lived. The daughter challenged the sale as she had lived in the house rent-free for years. The daughter had various disabilities and sought to preserve her ability to live in the home. » Read the rest

Have Your Say: Help Create Accessibility Standards

  • August 10, 2020
  • BakerLaw
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Accessibility Canada is looking for participants to help shape accessibility standards aimed at addressing barriers faced by Canadians with disabilities in the following areas:

  • employment
  • the built environment
  • information and communication technologies
  • communication, other than information and communication technologies
  • the procurement of goods, services and facilities
  • the design and delivery of programs and services
  • transportation

Check this website of opportunities to get involved and have your say (link). » Read the rest

The Skin We’re In

  • August 5, 2020
  • BakerLaw
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Run out of things to watch during this pandemic? Looking for something new that might challenge your perspective on race, police and the practice of carding? Check out CBC’s documentary entitled: “The Skin We’re In” (link). This documentary follows the story of Desmond Cole, a Toronto journalist who explains his experience and interactions with police over the course of his life. » Read the rest

Free online Autism Law Hub with resource library

  • January 30, 2020
  • BakerLaw
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The Autism Law Hub is an online resource with the mission to assist people who have autism in accessing healthcare treatment, education, employment, and community life.

Within the Hub, the National Autism Law Center works to enforce and expand the legal rights of individuals with autism.

While the Hub is an American website, its free online resource library houses an extensive collection of caselaw and white papers available to people with autism and their advocates to help them assert their rights and challenge the barriers they face in their everyday lives. » Read the rest

CACL and CCD forum on End of Life, Equality, and Disability

  • January 28, 2020
  • BakerLaw
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On January 30, 2020, the Canadian Association for Community Living (CACL) and the Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD) is hosting a national forum on medical assistance in dying (MAiD). This forum will discuss the critical balance between the right to autonomy and the right to equality guaranteed in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. » Read the rest

NEADS webinar on ethno-cultural perspectives on the Convention on The Rights of Persons With Disabilities (CRPD)

  • January 28, 2020
  • BakerLaw
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On January 29, 2020, the National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS) is hosting a webinar on ethno-cultural perspectives on the Convention on The Rights of Persons With Disabilities (CRPD) to learn more about intersectionality and the rights of persons with disabilities in Canada, and how various organizations use human rights perspective to ensure rights, inclusion and equality of persons with disabilities. » Read the rest

OAP extended as government bridges programs currently in place

  • January 24, 2020
  • Amanda Dimilta
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Today the provincial government expanded the OAP program such that children currently accessing services may have their programs extended until the new needs-based plan comes into effect in 2021:

“If you have an existing behaviour plan, it can be extended with no gap in service up to its current level of intensity, or less where clinically appropriate, until you transition into core services in the new needs-based autism program.” » Read the rest

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