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Did you know that people with an intellectual disability are five times more likely to be abused? That’s because they are often unaware of their rights. So we help educate people, as well their families.

We have compiled a list of laws, acts, and charters. You can learn more about each of these by clicking them.

Because of the AODA (Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act), businesses and organizations now know they must provide access to transportation, customer service, information and communication, employment and any building or outdoor space.

The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms states that every Canadian has the freedom to believe, think, protest, say and belong to any group they want. It also says that every Canadian has the right to vote, life, liberty, equality and security. Also, as a Canadian, you have the right to not be subjected to unusual punishment or treatment.

Sometimes it doesn’t matter how many actions are put in place, rights will still be violated. The Canadian Human Rights Commission was created for occasions when this happens. When rights are ignored, this is the place that will give the proper attention to every complaint.

A treaty created by the United Nations contains a set of rights and freedoms for people with a disability across the world. Every country belonging to the UN must promote, protect and ensure these rights and freedoms. Canada belongs to the UN, so they must maintain this treaty. This treaty is called the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.

The Accessibility Directorate of Ontario and Freedom from Harm are both groups dedicated to ensuring these rights are maintained.