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Administrative Justice Support Network

A project of Community Living Ontario, the Administrative Justice Support Network supports people who are making an appeal before an administrative board or tribunal whether or not they have legal representation. There is information on Special Education, School Expulsions, Landlord & Tenant, CCAC Appeals, and more.

Available in:

English

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2019

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ARCH Disability Law Centre

The web site of ARCH Disability Law Centre has legal information in the following areas: Attendant Care Services Education Law Legal Capacity Services for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities

Available in:

English

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2019

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Canadian Environmental Law Association

The Canadian Environmental Law Association (CELA) has information on CELA’s law reform priorities and public legal education activities in these areas:

  • Access to Environmental Justice
  • Water Sustainability
  • Pollution and Health
  • Green Energy
  • Planning and Sustainability
  • Acting Globally

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2019

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Guide – Human Rights and Education in Ontario – A general guide for students

This guide for students with disabilities, provides a basic understanding of some important laws that give them rights in the education system in Ontario. It includes information on: What is the Human Rights Code and Why Does it Matter to Me? How is disability defined? Who decides what my accommodations are? Does my school have […]

Available in:

English

Format:

Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2019

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A Parents’ Guide to Identification, Placement and Review Committee (IPRC)

This guide was developed by the York Region School Board for parents of exceptional or special needs children. It explains how Identification, Placement and Review Committees (IPRC) identify students who need special educational programs, and outlines parents’ rights in the process.

Available in:

English

Format:

Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2017

CBA Child Rights Toolkit

The CBA Child Rights Toolkit has been developed to improve children’s access to justice in Canada. It is for professionals working in legal and administrative decision-making who want to implement a child-rights based approach in practice and strengthen their advocacy for children. 

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2017

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Legal Guide on Special Education in Ontario

Some of the questions this guide looks at: Who has a legal right to special education? How are students identified as exceptional? Can a decision be appealed? What kinds of help is the student entitled to? What are the rights of the student? the parents?

Available in:

English

Format:

Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2012

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An Introduction to disability & human rights in Ontario’s education system

This booklet has 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.

Available in:

English

Format:

Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2011

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Your Child and the Education System

The Special Needs and Moving On web site has information meant to help parents or guardians of children with special needs secure their children’s legal rights within the education system. Some of the topics covered are: The Right to Reasonable Accommodation for a Disability; Reasonable Accommodations in an Education Setting; and Pursuing Appropriate Paths of Communication for Advocacy.

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2010

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Special Education

This section of the School Advocacy Hamilton web site describes how to meet the needs of students with disabilities and behaviour problems.

Available in:

English

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2006