Legal Workshops-Mental Health in the Workplace: Rights and Responsibilities of Youth with Disabilities

Stating October 20th, The Cerebral Palsy Association of BC is proud to host a new workshop series titled Mental Health in the Workplace: Rights and Responsibilities of Youth with Disabilities This workshop series will address the issues of mental health in the workplace for youth with disabilities. The workshops will be given by Lou Poskitt from Miller Titerle Law Corporation and Kemily Ho from Tevlin Cledle Curtis Employment Law Strategies. Topics will include:

  • Human Rights basics and the “duty to accommodate” in the workplace
  • Employee and employer responsibilities around mental health in the workplace
  • Requests for medical information including mental health status
  • Considering mental health as an employer, for those enrolled in the Community Supports for Independent Living (CSIL) program

The workshops will be taking place on October 20, November 17, January 19, and February 9th. Each workshop will be from 3:45 pm-6:00 pm at 451-409 Granville Street. Food and refreshments will be provided.

To register for these workshops contact Lindsay at or call 604-408-9484.

Legal Resources

Living in a diverse society can mean having to navigate differences, assert rights and access opportunities. Fortunately there are tools and resources that may assist, as well as community resources that can support you through complex systems. We collected some of the most commonly-asked questions and scenarios from our members, and put together a series of workshops and booklet about them.

What do you do if you feel you are being overlooked for employment because of your disability? What is a “bona fide” occupational requirement and how does it affect you? What does it mean to have your parenting questioned due to your lack of mobility? How can your child continue to be supported as they transition into post-secondary education and adulthood?

Legal Rights and Resources, for people living with cerebral palsy and other disabilities

Legal Rights and Resources for people living with cerebral palsy and other disabilities is designed to answer these questions and support those with disabilities to live a Life Without Limits. Download the booklet.

The topics covered include:

  • Workplace discrimination and harassment
  • School supports for children with cerebral palsy
  • Youth ageing out of supports
  • Victims of crime
  • Parenting with a disability
  • Non-workplace based discrimination or harassment

We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Law Foundation of British Columbia and the Notary Foundation of British Columbia for this project.

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Videos from some of our Legal Workshops

Non-workplace Based Discrimination
Presentation by Norm Trerise, member of the Human Rights Tribunal of BC, about the Human Rights Code and the Tribunal, its processes and the basic legal approaches it takes.

Victims of Crime
Presentation by Carolyn Sinclair, Executive Director of Police Victim Services of British Columbia, about fraud (such as “work-from-home” scams and other financial scams), identify theft, general safety and security, and legal rights and resources.

Rights for Youth in Transition
Presentation by Dawn Robertson and Valerie Irving, with the Family Support Institute of BC, about gaps that exist when children with disabilities transition into adulthood, transition timeline for youth with disabilities and human rights of youth with disabilities.

Presentation by Jewelles Smith, gender, human rights and disabilities activist, speaking on the intersection of disability, parenting and the law.

Workplace Discrimination
Presentation by Eleni Kassaris, partner at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP (Blakes), about employment law, workers’ compensation, and human rights in the workplace.

Accessing school supports
With: Cindy Frostad, parent and advocate. Learn how to access and navigate supports for your school-aged child, be informed and aware of their rights and entitlements and achieve a collaborative team-based approach to services.

Access to Community Services
Riva Nelson, Program Coordinator, Access Services, District of West Vancouver, talks about access to community services, encouraging participation, and adapting the environment.