In developing the Framework, it is the LCO’s objective that the Framework and the accompanying Final Report will be broadly useful in advancing the law as it affects persons with disabilities, and in particular that it will assist in ensuring that laws, policies and practices reflect the aspirations of persons with disabilities, take into account their particular circumstances and experiences, are effectively implemented and are accessible to persons with disabilities. Therefore,
The LCO recommends that:
1. Organizations and individuals adopt and use the Framework in reviewing laws, policies and practices and in developing new laws, policies and practices that may affect persons with disabilities, and in particular that:
a. The Government of Ontario adopt the Framework for the Law as It Affects Persons with Disabilities and its Ministries disseminate it to their policy, program development and legislative staff, as an aid to reviewing and developing laws, policies and practices that are responsive to persons with disabilities.
b. Ontario municipalities adopt the Framework and disseminate it to their policy, program development and legislative staff, as an aid to reviewing and developing by-laws, policies and practices that are responsive to persons with disabilities.
c. Broader public sector organizations make use of the Framework for the Law as It Affects Persons with Disabilities in reviewing and developing policies and programs that may affect persons with disabilities.
d. Private actors, such as employers, landlords, financial institutions, service providers, professional organizations and others, make use of the Framework in reviewing and developing policies and programs that may affect persons with disabilities.
e. Legal organizations such as the Law Society of Upper Canada and the Ontario Bar Association adopt the Framework for their own advocacy, law reform and policy development work, and provide information about the Framework to their members.
f. Those who interpret the law have access to the Framework as a resource in understanding the potential effects of laws and policies on persons with disabilities.
g. Advocacy and community organizations that represent, serve or are made up of persons with disabilities make use of the Framework in their law reform efforts.
2. Where municipal, federal or provincial programs and services address the same subject matter or are otherwise related, the Government of Ontario identify the issues arising from the application of this Framework as relevant, and raise them with their counterparts in other levels of government.
3. The Government of Ontario, in consultation with the above identified organizations and with persons with disabilities themselves, review the use of the Framework after a period of seven years, with a view to ensuring that it remains current and meaningful.
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