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.

Fact Sheets

  • December 20, 2018
    ARCH Disability Law Centre and the South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario (SALCO) have partnered to develop this factsheet for settlement and frontline workers.  The factsheet discusses services and supports that may be available through Developmental Services Ontario (DSO). Adults labelled with intellectual disabilities may be able to get some...
  • January 30, 2018
    This fact sheet gives information on: Free legal advice and finding legal help  Disability accommodations  Communicating with your lawyer or paralegal    
  • January 30, 2018
    This is a resource for legal service providers.  It gives information on: Initial contact with your office Scheduling appointments In the office Capacity and decisions Confirming mutual  understanding Documents and signatures   The resource also gives information on some accommodations for specific disabilities.  

Articles and Position Papers


  • July 4, 2018
    National Access Awareness Program 2018 from June 5, 2018 is now available for online viewing. On-Demand Archive (requires strong internet connection; allows you to skip to different discussions):   MP4 Video with Slides (allows you to download the video to view later; with presentation slides):   MP4...
  • June 22, 2017
    Access Awareness Program 2017, The UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities: The View from Canada, is now available for online viewing at The event, provided in partnership by ARCH and The Law Society of Upper Canada, provided a thought-provoking discussion about using the UN process to advance...
  • May 31, 2016
    Access Awareness Symposium 2016: Celebrating Action: Developmental Services and Legal Rights, is now available for online viewing at This event, provided in partnership by ARCH and The Law Society of Upper Canada, highlighted the history of activism by persons labelled with intellectual disabilities and discussed...
  • June 4, 2015
    On Access Awareness Event (June 4, 2015), ARCH Disability Law Centre and the Law Society of Upper Canada present Law Society Public Education Equality Series: The Carter decision on physician- assisted dying: where do people with disabilities go from here? Find the link below to the archived webcast. If a window appears upon opening this link...
  • October 20, 2015
    This presentation was created for a Health Justice workshop with St. Michael’s Hospital Academic Family Health Team patient population and community.     
  • October 7, 2015
    Johanna presented at the Toronto Clinic Training Conference on The Citizenship Act’s Knowledge Test Requirement and Citizenship Immigration Canada’s Obligations to Provide Accommodation to Persons with Disabilities Your Human Rights.
  • September 3, 2015
    This workshop was presented at St. Michael’s Hospital STAR Learning Centre.
  • July 15, 2015
    This presentation was created to introduce St. Michael’s Hospital Family Health Team members to our Health Justice Initiative.
  • May 1, 2015
    This workshop was presented alongside clinic colleagues at Association of Community Legal Clinics of Ontario Conference.
  • November 17, 2014
    This video produced by the Mood Disorders Association of Ontario together with ARCH Disability Law Centre provides information on decision making rights and how to ensure your wishes are respected should you experience a period of incapacity (or inability to make particular decisions). The video provides information on creating Powers of Attorney...
  • October 17, 2014
    ARCH presents workshop on working with people with disabilities to the Tenant Duty Counsel. The presentation is attached below.
  • March 27, 2014
    Laurie Letheren, lawyer at ARCH Disability Law Centre, addressed the students in the Disability Discourse class at George Brown College in Toronto. The presentation discussed the history of the disability rights movement in Canada. Laurie addressed the rights and protections provided to people with disabilities under the Canadian Charter of Rights...
  • March 26, 2014
    Kerri Joffe and Laurie Letheren, lawyers at ARCH Disability Law Centre, addressed students at McMaster University about their rights as students with disabilities. The presentation addresses rights and protections provided under human rights legislation in Ontario. In particular, the right to have disability-related needs accommodated by post...
  • January 10, 2014
     ARCH was invited to deliver a webinar for Accessibility Ontario.  The webinar is a condensed version of ARCH's workshop "Navigating Legal Services for People with Disabilities: A workshop for front-line workers". The webinar is intended to: • assist front- line workers to identify legal issues faced by people with...
  • October 22, 2013
    This presentation was delivered at ARCH’s 2013 AGM. The presentation provides an overview of some key events in the history of the disability rights movement in Canada. It is not an exhaustive history and does not discuss all the important political and legal events that have occurred. For more information on important cases, please see...
  • March 28, 2013
    Many students with disabilities who attend college or university often encounter many barriers to having their needs met in order that they may achieve and succeed at their full potential. This is often particularly true for students who are in the later years of an undergraduate program, for students who are doing a co-op or work placement and...