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3rd Annual Council of Canadians with Disabilities Conference

Posted By Administration, November 24, 2017

Gillespie's Reporting Services & Arbitration / Mediation Facilities | Ottawa, ON
Thursday, 30 November 2017 from 12:00 PM to 1:30 PM (EST)


Mr. Peter Engelmann, Goldblatt Partners
Ms. Erin Moores, Goldblatt Partners
Ms. Morgan Rowe, Raven Law
Ms. Caterina Galati, The Law Society of Upper Canada


Welcome and Refreshments 12:00 pm - 12:05 pm

Welcoming remarks by James Hicks,
Chair of the Council of Canadians with Disabilities

Mr. Peter Engelmann & Ms. Erin Moores 12:05 pm - 12:30 pm

This presentation will discuss disability discrimination and the duty to accommodate in the workplace. The presentation will look particularly at cases of non-evident disabilities, where the employer may not be aware of an employee's substance addiction, for example, but perceives that a disability might exist. Lastly, it will provide guidance on how to individually assess each unique accommodation situation.

Ms. Caterina Galati 12:30 pm – 12:55 pm

Rules Addressed:
Rule 2.2-1 (Integrity)
Rule 3.3-1 (Confidential Information)
Rule 3.2-9 (Client with Diminished Capacity)
Rule 6.3.1-1 (Discrimination - Special Responsibility)

Disability and Client Service: Private Practice
This presentation will include discussion on how to support and deliver professional, ethical and compassionate client service in the private practice context for clients with disabilities. In balancing obligations to equity seeking groups with competency requirements within the law, lawyers have a duty of loyalty to service clients with competence while always remaining sensitive to the particular needs of the individual. This presentation will also include suggestions for best practices for counsel involved with solicitor-client relationships where diminished capacity is at issue or has been established.

Ms. Morgan Rowe 12:55 pm - 1:20 pm

This presentation will discuss the duty to accommodate and disability discrimination in educational settings. It will outline disability-related accommodation concepts and highlight specific issues that students with disabilities face when making requests for accommodation in elementary, secondary, and post-secondary institutions. It will address whether an education provider can claim undue hardship when an adjustment to a policy, practice, by-law, or building is too costly, or if it creates risks to health or safety. It will also outline the process for identifying and accommodating disability-related needs in the publicly-funded elementary and secondary school systems, and the responsibilities of educators participating in the accommodation process. This includes the provision of specific accommodations, being knowledgeable about and sensitive to disability issues, and maintaining student confidentiality.

Question and Answer Session 1:20 pm - 1:30 pm

For registration, please click here

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