Autism Ontario Applauds Verdict in Ontario Human Rights Tribunal Dog Rescue Decision

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Autism Ontario Applauds Verdict in Ontario Human Rights Tribunal Dog Rescue Decision

[Toronto, Ontario]

Autism Ontario commends the Doan family on the positive outcome of their Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (HRTO) complaint against Kismutt Dog Rescue.

The Tribunal determined that the dog rescue engaged in discriminatory practices by refusing to place a dog with the Doan family and declining any accommodations. Subsequent actions by the dog rescue, including numerous social media posts, were found to have promoted negativity towards autistic individuals, creating an unwelcoming service environment for the family.

This ruling signifies a triumph over ableism and discrimination, not only benefiting the Doan family but also making a positive impact on Ontario's autistic community, their family members, and allies.

"This decision holds significant importance," expresses Erin Doan. "It assured me that my concerns were valid, dispelling the notion that I was exaggerating. The HRTO's verdict not only marked a victory for my son but also for the autism and disability communities. By setting a precedent, it establishes a guide for future similar cases, offering support to members of these communities. Additionally, the ruling plays a crucial role in debunking misinformation surrounding autism."

The implications of this verdict are substantial, as it can serve as a basis for legal precedent and contribute to the evolution of human rights law in Ontario and beyond. In a time when individuals with autism and disabilities are facing increased challenges, this verdict holds particular significance.

Many autistic individuals in Ontario find great support and companionship through pet ownership. Pets offer an additional source of stability, comfort, and love in the lives of autistic individuals.

Autism Ontario reaffirms its willingness to collaborate with Kismutt Dog Rescue, extending an offer to provide resources that will enhance the pet ownership experience for everyone involved.


About Autism Ontario:
Autism Ontario is the province’s leading source of information and referral on autism whose mandate is to build a supportive and inclusive Ontario for autism. It provides autistic individuals and families across their life course with community-based access to meaningful supports, social learning opportunities, information, and connections. The organization’s commitment to significantly and positively impacting the autism community is driven by its vision: Best life, better world, making autism matter!