Recent Publications

This page includes articles, position papers, fact sheets, and continuing legal education materials developed by ARCH. If you require any of these materials in alternate formats, please contact ARCH.

Articles and Position Papers

Fact Sheets

  • August 16, 2017
    This Toolkit has legal information to support students and their parents or guardians to advocate for their need for a service animal with their school community. 
  • October 13, 2015
    A series of three fact sheets on assistive devices for people with disabilities. The fact sheets provide details about the Ontario government’s Assistive Devices Program, other funding options for devices that are not covered by the Assistive Devices Program, and describe some options for taking action when there are problems with an...
  • March 11, 2014
    A set of 3 Fact Sheets, in English and French, on specific areas of Attendant Services: Attendant Services - General Overview  Direct Funding  Community Care Access Centres These factsheets provide general information for people seeking or using attendant services. Community Legal Education Ontario (CLEO) also has useful...
  • November 28, 2011
    This information booklet provides basic introductory information aimed at assisting students with disabilities and their parents in advocating for education services in public primary and secondary school.  This material looks at disability and how it interacts with the Education Act and the Ontario Human Rights Code.
  • December 1, 2008
    Two fact sheets which contain information for people who use or have used mental health services and supports. These fact sheets are available in English, French, Amharic, Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese, Punjabi, Tamil and Vietnamese.  One fact sheet provides information about human rights and the right to be free from discrimination. It also...

Continuing Legal Education Materials

  • May 23, 2014
    On May 23, 2014, Laurie Letheren was a panellist at the Ontario Bar Association’s 2014 Annual Update on Human Rights. The topic of discussion was on the privacy issues that arise from the practice of the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario to post its decision on the publicly accessible CanLii website. The presentation raised the question of...
  • December 3, 2013
    Le texte en français suit celui en anglais.  French text follows.  ARCH Disability Law Centre has issued a revised edition of the Disability Law Primer. The Primer is available in both French and English. It has 10 chapters:  Introduction and Overview  Providing Legal Services for People with Disabilities  Human...
  • March 18, 2011
    Attached is a set of notes outlining the basic content of the presentations made at ARCH’s 30th Anniversary Symposium. These notes are intended to offer a general guide to what was said at the symposium. Many thanks to Kerri Joffe and Ruby Dhand for preparing these notes.
  • February 15, 2011
    Overview of issues lawyers must consider when dealing with clients who may have capacity issues - instructions on how to assess client's capacity to instruct counsel.
  • January 11, 2011
    This article is intended to be a resource for lawyers on representing clients who have disabilities. It contains a discussion of the concept of disability in jurisprudence and legislation, the applicability of the Law Society of Upper Canada’s Rules of Professional Conduct to clients with disabilities and practical considerations for...
  • November 1, 2009
    This report summarizes the procedures available to people with capacity issues before selected administrative tribunals in Ontario. It sets out a variety of law reform options. The Report is written for the use by tribunals, policy makers, and organizations that represent people with disabilities. Addressing the Capacity of Parties before Ontario...
  • October 1, 2009
    This Guide offers concrete strategies and options to lawyers representing people with capacity issues before administrative boards and tribunals.  
  • May 1, 2006
    The paper discusses specific types of trusts that may be created to protect a person with a disability’s entitlement to social assistance benefits in the setting of an inheritance.