News from ARCH Disability Law Centre

ARCH Disability Law Centre provides information, summary advice and referral service, brief services, and representation in certain cases for people with disabilities and for lawyers and other legal professionals who represent them. ARCH also provides public legal education and continuing legal education, undertakes law reform, and conducts test case litigation.

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November 5: ARCH Presents an Information Session: Accessible Transportation for Persons with Vision Disabilities

When: Thursday, November 15, 2018, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Where: YMCA Windsor, 500 Victoria Avenue, Windsor, ON N9A

ARCH staff lawyers Mariam Shanouda and Jessica De Marini will make presentations at this event. 


November 09, 2018

Disability groups from across Canada write open letter to government calling for improvements to Bill C-81-Accessible Canada Act

Provincial and national disability rights organizations have written to express significant concerns regarding Bill C-81.

October 31, 2018

The ARCH Disability Law Centre newsletter is now available

The October 3 issue of ARCH Alert includes Updated Human Rights Commission Policy on Accessible Education, Accessible Canada Act Passes Second Reading, and more.

October 04, 2018

Media Advisory and Notice to the Community: Supreme Court Decision Undermines Access to Justice

Advocates say the judgment means anyone experiencing discriminatio because of rules or requirements in federal laws will have to argue a Charter challenge to the law in court.

June 14, 2018

New Federal Accessibility Legislation on the Horizon

Legislation meant to increase accessibility and remove barriers that prevent persons with disabilities from participating in society is expected to be introduced in the House of Commons this month.

June 08, 2018

June 5: Access Awareness 2018

When: Tuesday, June 5, 2018. 4 p.m. - 6 p.m., Panel; 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Reception

Where: Osgoode Hall, Lamont Learning Centre, 130 Queen St. W., Toronto (University Avenue and Queen Street West). Osgoode Station on the University Subway line is the closest wheelchair accessible subway station.

Join ARCH Disability Law Centre and the Law Society of Ontario for a discussion about privacy rights and disability.

May 31, 2018

May 4: New research: Many Ontario schools failing students who have an intellectual disability

Details of the research will be released by the report's authors, and a panel discussion between the authors and students from Ryerson University's Disability Studies program will follow.

May 01, 2018

Advocacy organizations intervening in Abbey v. Ontario

Three Ontario organizations are intervening in a court case that has implications for determining whether people affected by discriminatory government policies can be compensated.  

February 27, 2018

June 6: Access Awareness Event - The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: The View from Canada

When: Tuesday, June 6, 2017 ET

  • Panel Discussion: 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. This portion of the program will be available as a live webcast.
  • Reception: 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Where: Osgoode Hall, 130 Queen St. W. (at University Avenue), Toronto, please enter through east-side doors facing Nathan Phillips Square. Osgoode Station on the University Subway line is the closest wheelchair accessible subway station.

Join ARCH Disability Law Centre and the Law Society of Upper Canada for a thought-provoking conversation about using the UN process to advance disability rights. 

May 19, 2017

New deadline: Schedule 1 Class Action Claims, Clegg v. Ontario

April 28, 2017 is the new deadline to ask for money from the settlement of the Schedule 1 lawsuit.

February 08, 2017

Spotlight on Invisible Disabilities Project - Survey Deadline January 15

ARCH has information about how to participate in the Invisible Disabilities Project. The survey deadline is January 15, but there are also webinars for Youth, Veterans, Seniors, and one in French.

January 11, 2017

December 2: Join ARCH to Celebrate the International Day of Persons with Disabilities

When: Friday, December 2, 2016. Book signing 1:30 – 2:30 p.m, Room 303. Presentation, 3 – 5 p.m., Room 310

Where: Metro Hall, 55 John Street (at King Street West), Toronto

ARCH Disability Law Centre invites you to celebrate the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, featuring a discussion and book launch.

November 30, 2016

The September 21, 2016 issue of ARCH Alert is now available

Topics in this issue of ARCH Disability Law Centre's ARCH Alert include Right to Inclusive Education, update on Forcillo appeal, and Court of Appeal rulings in Nova Scotia and Ontario.

September 22, 2016

Annexe 1-recours collectif, Clegg c. Ontario Processus de la demande

The French version of the webinar "Can your client make a claim for compensation under the Schedule 1 Class Action Settlement?" is now available.

September 13, 2016

Schedule 1 Class Action: Do you need help filing a claim?

ARCH is offering clinic days with one-on-one appointments for Schedule 1 Class Action Settlement claimants in a variety of locations. You can call ARCH to make an appointment for help with your claim.

July 27, 2016

ARCH Disability Law Centre's June 2016 newsletter is now available

Topics in his issue of ARCH Alert include class action claims period, update on medical assistance in dying legislation, changes to ODSP's medical review process, and safe injection sites.

July 04, 2016

Register for an upcoming webinar: Can your client make a claim for compensation under the Schedule 1 Class Action Settlement?

When: July 13, 2016 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. 

Where: Online


July 13, 2016 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. - Some of your clients may be able to make claims under the settlement of this class action lawsuit, Clegg v. Ontario.  The lawsuit dealt with abuse of people who lived at twelve institutions operated by the province of Ontario. The lawsuit recently settled and former residents can now claim compensation, but there are timelines for completing various steps in the process. This webinar, presented by ARCH Disability Law Centre provides an overview of who might be affected, what steps are involved in the claims process, and where and how to access assistance for clients who wish to make claims.

June 29, 2016

Schedule 1 Class Action Claims Period Has Started

The Court has approved the settlement in Clegg v. Ontario, the Schedule 1 class action lawsuit. You may be able to get money from the settlement if you send in a claim form by February 28, 2017. 

June 15, 2016

ARCH Press Release - Amendments to the Customer Service Standard under the AODA A Step Backward

Yesterday, the Liberal Government announced their amendments to the Customer Service Standard under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.  These amendments did not improve accessibility for persons with disabilities – it weakened them.

June 08, 2016

May 31: Access Awareness Event on Developmental Services and Legal Rights

When: Tuesday, May 31, 2016, Panel Discussions: 4:30 – 6:30 p.m., Reception: 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Where: Osgoode Hall, 130 Queen St. W., Toronto - Please enter through east-side doors facing Nathan Phillips Square

ARCH Disability Law Centre and the Law Society of Upper Canada present an event about community inclusion and full citizenship of persons labelled with intellectual disabilities.

May 26, 2016