Conveyed throughout the consultations was that those experiencing mental health and addictions issues face widespread stereotypes of being seen as incapable and posing a societal risk. The consultations also vividly illustrated pervasive nature of discrimination embedded within legislation, institutional policies, practices of institutions, and individual attitudes.
- Respect for people’s dignity
- Respect for privacy and individual differences
- Respect for people’s right to autonomy and non-discrimination
- Respect for people’s right to full integration and participation in the community
- Sex and gender identity
- Sexual orientation
Deadline for feedback to the OHRC regarding the 54 recommendations is November 9, 2012.
As of January 1, 2012 all private and non-profit sector organizations must comply with the Accessibility Customer Service Standard, the first accessibility standard to become law under the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act. The Ontario Federation of Community Mental Health and Addiction Programs, in conjunction with Ontario Association of Patient Councils, Ontario Peer Development Initiative, and the Accessibility Directorate of Ontario were successful in developing standards, resources, and a tool kit to assist Ontario mental health and addictions service providers in meeting their obligations under the customer service standard.
Please contact the OFCMHAP for your copy of the tools:
- Workshop Resources for the mental health and addictions sector; Accessibility Standards for Customer Service
- Tool Kit and Resources for the mental health and addictions sector; Accessibility Standards for Customer Service
To view the full Ontario Human Rights Commission document, click here.