- September 2, 2020
- Amanda Dimilta
- Comments Off on Family court orders child of divorced parents to attend school
When parents cannot agree on whether their child will attend school in-person or via remote learning, a court may decide for them.
Such was the case in a family law matter reported in Law Times on August 31, 2020, in which Justice Andrea Himel ordered the child to attend school after finding there was no “unacceptable risk” and after considering the home and work circumstances of both parents. » Read the rest
- December 10, 2019
- Comments Off on Human Rights Day 2019
Today marks the 69th annual Human Rights Day, which celebrates the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as put forth by the United Nations in 1948.
This year’s theme for the celebration is “Youth Standing Up for Human Rights.”
On this celebratory day, the United Nations aims to champion “the potential of youth as constructive agents of change, amplify their voices, and engage a broad range of global audiences in the promotion and protection of rights.” » Read the rest
- October 16, 2017
- Comments Off on Ontario family launches human rights complaint over access to therapy for son with autism
Bakerlaw attended the first two days of hearing at the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario on October 12-13, 2017 on behalf of the Skrt family, advocating for Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) for students with autism in publicly funded schools.
The Applicant’s Opening Statement is available here (link).
- September 13, 2017
- Comments Off on ABA in Ontario Schools Case Continues
Bakerlaw is gearing up for a hearing on October 12th regarding our client’s case against a local school board. Our client requires ABA in order to access his education and is not receiving it. You can read more about the case here (link).
The family welcomes any support you can give. » Read the rest
- April 7, 2017
- Comments Off on Parents battle for son’s right to autism services in school
The Toronto Star has released a story about our clients fight to get adequate autism related accommodations in public schools. You can read the full article here (link).
The case will be heard by the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario in May. » Read the rest
- September 8, 2016
- Kimberly Srivastava
- Comments Off on A Push for More Support for Children with Autism in Ontario Schools
Earlier this year, Bakerlaw took on a case to try to get Intensive Applied Behaviour Analysis (Intensive ABA) into Ontario schools for our client Jack.
Jack is a 5 year old boy who has Autism. Jack’s parents have seen how much their son benefits from Intensive ABA which is the leading approach in teaching children with autism. » Read the rest
- July 11, 2016
- Comments Off on Fighting for the Right to Live in the Community
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
- June 28, 2016
- Kimberly Srivastava
- Comments Off on Changes to Ontario Autism Programming
Over the past few months, bakerlaw has continued to be contacted by families wondering about their legal rights in the wake of the Ministry of Children and Youth Services’ announcement to remove children over 5 years of age from the waitlists for IBI funding. Today the government appears to have backtracked on some of those changes. » Read the rest
- June 23, 2016
- Comments Off on Special Education Litigation Can Be Intense
This article (link) highlights just some of the challenges parents can find themselves up against when litigating special education cases.
- June 23, 2016
- Comments Off on Finding the Right Balance
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