The following organizations and websites provide information or support on legal and advocacy issues related to Acquired Brain Injury:
ARCH Disability Law Centre
The ARCH Disability Law Centre is a community legal aid clinic for Ontarians with disabilities. It provides free, confidential legal advice and information. In some situations, ARCH will provide legal representation to people with disabilities who have cases that meet ARCH priorities and who meet Legal Aid Ontario’s financial eligibility guidelines.
Personal Injury Lawyers
Car insurance policies will often cover additional medical, rehabilitation or personal care if someone has a brain injury as a result of a car crash. A personal injury lawyer is recommended. The Toronto ABI Network offers the following tips for choosing a lawyer.
Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act
The Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 (AODA) was passed in 2005. Its goal is to make Ontario accessible for people with disabilities by 2025. Mandatory accessibility standards are the law in customer service, employment, information and communications and transportation. The standards apply to private and public sector organizations across Ontario.
Consent and Capacity Board
The Consent and Capacity Board is an independent body created by the Ontario government. It conducts hearings under the Mental Health Act, the Health Care Consent Act, the Personal Health Information Protection Act and the Substitute Decisions Act.
Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee
The Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee is part of Ontario's Ministry of the Attorney General. One of its roles is to protect mentally incapable people. i.e., when someone can’t understand information or what may happen as a result of decisions they make—or don’t make—about their finances, health or personal care.
The Ontario Ombudsman’s office investigates complaints about government services and Ministries. (It does not investigate complaints against hospitals, school boards, doctors or lawyers.)
Ontario Brain Injury Association
The Ontario Brain Injury Association enhances the lives of Ontarians living with ABI through information and resources on acquired brain injury; a 1-800 toll free helpline; personal advocacy and support; and training and education for families and professionals.
Support for Students
Following a brain injury, the academic needs of students often change. Schools may need to provide different kinds of support. The Education Act requires that all school boards provide special education programming for students with 'exceptional' status. Information on the process for identifying a student as “exceptional” and deciding services they should receive is found here.