ARCH can explain your rights to have your service animal or guide dog accompany you when you access services, go to school or are at work. ARCH also advises on the legal requirements for a service animal and a guide dog. ARCH may provide legal advice and aggregated legal information under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and the Accessibility Canada Act. If you have been discriminated against because of your disability in certain contexts, we may be able to provide you with legal advice on your rights. As with other AUWCL clinics, the DRLC emphasizes the role of each student as an advocate for their clients. Students have primary responsibility for dealing with all aspects of the client`s case, from the initial interview to meetings (p. e.g., IAP meetings in special education cases) through controversial hearings or court proceedings (and appeals, if applicable). Students will also have the opportunity to interact with clients with various disabilities and their family members and explore the nature of the lawyer-client relationship with these clients. In addition, we will focus on the different ways in which society in general and the legal system in particular treat people with disabilities.
In both case handling and seminar, students acquire pre-procedural skills (interviewing, counselling, negotiation, case theory development), process skills (direct examination, cross-examination, openings and degrees), expert relationship skills, and mediation skills. Inevitably, students are also faced with ethical questions that arise in legal practice, as clinics, including the DRLC, offer excellent websites for learning and reflecting on ethical issues that can be simple or complex. ARCH may provide legal advice on your rights if you have been denied access to a Service because of your disability. Get updates with the latest news on legal representation. To prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the community, protect our employees and avoid overloading our healthcare system, ARCH is working remotely for now. We ask everyone who uses our services not to come to our office in person. Please contact us by phone or email. We do not have access to our TTY. Our contact details can be found at www.archdisabilitylaw.ca/contact. If you call when our office is closed and require urgent legal advice, you can contact the Law Society Referral Service at 1-855-947-5255 or 416-947-5255 (in the Greater Toronto Area). If you need legal help with landlord and tenant or ODSP questions, contact your local legal clinic. To find your local legal clinic, please visit Legal Aid Ontario`s Directory of Legal Clinics.
If the Public Guardian and Trustee (PGT) controls your finances, ARCH may be able to provide you with legal advice if you want to know how to regain control of your own finances from the PGT to make your own decisions regarding your finances, or if you believe that the PGT is mismanaging your finances. ARCH offers a range of legal services directly to people with disabilities. Learn more about ARCH`s legal services. If you are under court-ordered guardianship or someone is acting as a guardian under a power of attorney, the guardian may make decisions on your behalf for things like your property, finances, or personal/medical care. If you need to remove or change guardianship, ARCH can advise you on your legal options. You can also visit the Steps to Justice website for legal information. The Arc has contributed to several plays related to the legal representation of persons with disabilities. The DRLC is a two-semester clinic where law students represent clients and their families on a variety of issues related to the rights of persons with disabilities and persons with disabilities (mental and physical). One of the main objectives of the DRLC is to investigate circumstances in which it is wrongly assumed that customers with disabilities are unable to participate in society to the same extent as persons without disabilities. The Disability Rights Law Clinic (DRLC) was launched in the fall of 2005.
Professor Robert Dinerstein founded the clinic and runs it. We provide comprehensive legal advice on your rights under the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Canadian Human Rights Act, if applicable. ARCH provides summary advice on traffic-related legal issues that include municipal, provincial and state-regulated transportation. These include city buses, barrier-free transportation, greyhound buses, trains and airplanes. ARCH may also provide you with legal advice if you have been discriminated against by a service provider because of your disability while using their service. Decision-making rights include your right to make your own decisions about important aspects of your life. ARCH can legally advise you on your rights. The ARCH Disability Law Centre is a specialized legal clinic operating exclusively in the field of disability rights law. Since its inception in 1979, ARCH has been a leader in disability rights advocacy and in test cases. ARCH is dedicated to advocating for and promoting the equality, rights, fundamental freedoms and inclusion of low-income persons with disabilities in Ontario. Arch is primarily funded by Legal Aid Ontario. If you are an employee with a disability and need workplace accommodations, ARCH can legally advise you on your rights.
ARCH also offers summary advice if you believe you have been dismissed or have been dismissed for any reason related to your disability. All persons with disabilities residing in Ontario can access arch`s Summary Counselling and Referral Service. Any other legal services beyond ARCH`s Summary Advice and Referral Service will be subject to Legal Aid Ontario`s financial eligibility criteria. ARCH provides a summary advice and referral service, a free and confidential legal service directly to persons with disabilities across Ontario in specific areas of disability-related law, including: This service provides legal and non-legal recommendations, legal information and summary legal advice. ARCH can provide summary advice on issues of meaningful access to primary and secondary education, including access to adequate housing and support at school, inclusive and appropriate internships, exclusions, evictions and suspensions. Since 1950, the Arc has played a key role in establishing federal disability rights laws, such as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. The Arc has also fought tooth and nail throughout its history to establish, expand, and maintain essential federal programs such as Medicaid, Social Security, Supplemental Security Revenue, and the Affordable Care Act. These laws and programs enable people with mental and developmental disabilities (IDDs) to live a community life, and litigation is an important tool to ensure that their promise is fully kept.
Through its Legal Rights Advocacy Fund, the CRA participates in individual and systemic litigation and amicus (friends of the court) in jurisdictions across the country to promote the rights of our constituents in all aspects of life, including community integration, fair housing, employment, education, criminal justice, parenthood, self-determination, and more. Our Summary Advice and Referral Service is a province-wide telephone service. If you need accommodation for people with reduced mobility to access this service, please contact us for accommodation adapted for people with reduced mobility. ARCH advises on issues of home care and related services with respect to termination of services, insufficient services and quality of services. Check out our cases, amicus memoirs, publications and more. In certain circumstances, parents, guardians and caregivers may participate in ARCH`s Summary Counselling and Referral Service with the consent of the person with a disability. The Arc participates in litigation in jurisdictions across the country in a variety of ways, including as a lawyer, party, and amicus. The Arc`s process work covers a wide range of issues related to the rights of people with IDD in all aspects of life in order to advance the principles enshrined in our organizational mission and position statements to promote and protect the civil and human rights of people with IDD, and to actively support their full involvement and participation in the community throughout their lives.
If you are looking for a job and need accommodations for an interview, ARCH can inform you of your accommodation rights during the interview. If you have been denied access to one of these types of transportation in Ontario because of your disability, or if you have been discriminated against because of your disability in using their service, ARCH may inform you of your rights. The Arc`s Legal Defense Committee is appointed by the Chair of our Board of Directors and serves as an advisory board to inform the Arc`s expertise and assist the Arc in making decisions regarding the litigation in which it is involved.