Vision and Mission Statement
A world in which all people with disabilities enjoy social justice and equal participation in society and our communities
ARCH Disability Law Centre, as a specialty legal clinic with a provincial mandate, undertakes to achieve this Vision by:
• Ensuring our work has Ontario wide impact
Focusing on, identifying and removing systemic barriers
• Addressing issues that have an impact on low income people with disabilities, including the root causes of poverty
• Empowering people with disabilities
• Being recognized as experts in the law as it affects people with disabilities
• Addressing the heightened disadvantage, marginalization and exclusion faced by people with disabilities by reason of factors such as gender, race, age, language, economic status and sexual orientation.
VALUES AND PRINCIPLES
ARCH is guided by the following set of core values:
• The dignity and worth of all persons with disabilities must be respected;
• Persons with disabilities have the right to life, self-determination, and full participation in a society free from barriers to their inclusion and integration;
• Persons with disabilities themselves are in the best position to determine their own priorities;
• All persons have a common responsibility to create communities accessible to all persons with disabilities.
Additionally, ARCH is guided by the following set of core organizational principles:
• ARCH operates in accordance with the above core values;
• ARCH is a community-based organization, governed by a Board of Directors composed of a majority of persons with disabilities;
• ARCH is accountable to persons with disabilities in Ontario, its members and its funders.
Adopted by the Board of Directors, November 23, 2010
About ARCH Disability Law Centre
ARCH Disability Law Centre, is a community legal clinic with a volunteer board of directors, at least 50% of which are people with disabilities, and 11 paid staff. While based in Toronto, ARCH has an Ontario-wide mandate. In recognising the dignity and worth of people with disabilities, ARCH promotes the realisation of equal opportunities by people with disabilities, as well as their full participation in our society on individual and systemic bases. ARCH’s main activities include direct legal representation in Board-approved priority areas of law, test case litigation, summary advice and referral, public legal education and law reform. Lawyers who specialize in areas of law as they relate to disability provide free, confidential, legal advice and representation or referral to other sources of assistance.