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Section IV: Using the tools

From: Balancing conflicting rights: Towards an analytical framework

A number of conflicting rights scenarios and their potential resolutions have been presented throughout this paper in order to illustrate specific balancing tools. This section of the paper will utilize each of the tools noted above by working through one timely example of conflicting rights: same-sex marriage and civil marriage commissioners. This example has been chosen not only for its currency, but also because it encompasses both the service and employment contexts.

Accommodation planning

From: Guidelines on accessible education

As part of the duty to accommodate, education providers are responsible for taking steps to plan for the accommodation of students with disabilities. Effective planning will take place both on an organizational level and on an individual level in relation to each student with accommodation needs. Individual planning should also address the transition needs of a student as he or she moves from one level or type of education to another.

Appendix A: Summary of actions required

From: The opportunity to succeed: Achieving barrier-free education for students with disabilities

School Boards and Schools

  1. Make all classroom materials (handouts, etc.) available in alternative formats in a timely manner.
  2.  Review local level practices to determine ways in which accommodation can be provided in a more timely manner.
  3. Decide their curriculum book lists in a timely fashion so that alternative formats may be arranged for students with disabilities.
  4. Provide interim accommodation for students pending the completion of professional assessments.

6. Housing accommodation

From: Policy on discrimination against older people because of age

Section 2 of the Code protects older persons against discrimination in housing. This right applies to renting, being evicted, building rules and regulations, repairs and use of services and facilities. Housing includes a range of accommodation options including rental accommodation, condominiums, retirement homes and care facilities. There can be some overlap between housing and services, for example seniors’ residences in which services such as housekeeping, meals or medical assistance are provided.

5. Employment

From: Policy on discrimination against older people because of age

Assumptions and stereotypes about older workers are unfortunately all too prevalent in our workplaces. Older workers are often unfairly perceived as less productive, less committed to their jobs, not dynamic or innovative, unreceptive to change, unable to be trained or costly to the organization due to health problems and higher salaries. These ideas about older workers are simply myths that are not borne out by evidence. In fact, there is significant evidence that older workers:

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