Last week at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport, Ellen Richardson was told that she couldn’t enter the United States because she was hospitalized for clinical depression in 2012 and would require a medical evaluation. This medical evaluation would need to be done by 1 of 3 physicians approved by U.S. officials and not Ellen’s regular psychiatrist.
Arch Disability Law Centre has released a new primer to increase the legal profession’s capacity to serve people with disabilities in Ontario and beyond. The primer includes 10 articles and is available in English and French. Articles address a range of issues including:
- Understanding disability
- Laws and legal concepts related to disabilities
- Practical strategies for accommodating the needs of people with disabilities
- Human rights and disability
- Disability and the capacity to instruct counsel
To mark the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (Dec. 3, 2013), the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC) released a new eLearning module about human rights in Ontario and the legal duty of employers, housing and service providers to accommodate. Under the Ontario Human Rights Code, accommodation generally refers to needs related to disability, religion, family responsibilities or gender. This resource provides employers, housing and service providers with information and examples of accommodation.
A new discussion paper released by Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) today reveals that there is a high prevalence of mental health issues and social marginalization within the population who are currently eligible for legal aid services.
A new report from Children’s Mental Health Ontario (CMHO) released Monday, Nov. 18, 2013 makes key recommendations to improve how Ontario schools can support youth with mental health and addictions issues. Spearheaded by CMHO’s Youth Action Committee, Building a Better School Environment for Youth with Mental Health and Addiction Issues identified the need for:
- Improved communication between students and educators
- A greater level of mental health education
- Increased resources to ensure more young people seek help, such as designated safe spaces.
New information about how people with developmental disabilities in Ontario need and use health services is now available. A summary version of the Atlas on the Primary Care of Adults with Developmental Disabilities in Ontario is now available from the Institute for Clinical and Evaluative Sciences. While the full version of the resource will be available in December, the summary provides a wealth of information.
Health Quality Ontario’s 2013 annual conference brought together people from all sectors of the health system to exchange ideas and work together toward the common goal of more integrated, high quality care for Ontarians. Titled Health Quality Transformation 2013, HQO’s second annual conference for health system providers, partners and leaders took place in Toronto on Thursday, Nov. 21, 2013.
The University of Ontario Institute of Technology (UOIT) in Oshawa, Ontario has unveiled new simulation videos to help front-line police officers recognize possible indicators of mental illness.
Conducting a Health Equity Impact Assessment (HEIA) is not as hard as it seems; it is doable and beneficial. To learn more, participate in the online livestream of the Realizing the Potential of HEIA: Lessons Learned Event on November 26. This free event will feature a range of presenters and opportunities for discussion about how the Health Equity Impact Assessment tool can assist you and your organization to improve overall equity.
The Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police (OACP) has recently announced a new document that aims to improve interactions and strengthen the relationships between the police and the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) communities.