View Full Version : Supreme Court awards 6 figures to special ed family


ConcertaParent
11-15-12, 05:17 PM
Excerpts from various news articles:

The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled that a school board discriminated against a severely learning disabled boy by not doing enough to give him the help he needed.

“Adequate special education, therefore, is not a dispensable luxury,” Justice Rosalie Abella wrote. “For those with severe learning disabilities, it is the ramp that provides access to the statutory commitment to education made to all children...”

"For any kid out there that has a learning disability, they'll be able to get the help that they need and deserve and be able to thrive to their potential. It's just amazing," said the now 25-year-old Moore.

Robyn Durling, a spokesman for the B.C. Human Rights Coalition, said "There will be more cases coming forward and there are already cases behind Jeffrey Moore that will have to be dealt with now that Jeffrey's case has been dealt with," he said. He added, "The law is much more clear around what has to be done."

"There will be more cases coming forward and there are already cases behind Jeffrey Moore that will have to be dealt with now that Jeffrey's case has been dealt with," he said.

Rick Moore said the ruling is the end of the road for his fight, which he always realized had broader implications about the rights of free education than just his son's situation.
"I think there are thousands of families across the country who are celebrating today." :yes:

The B.C. Teachers Federation said the Moore family's fight for their son is a victory for all children who aren't getting the help they need in public schools across the country.

Ad-free link (http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/11/09/jeffrey-moore-dyslexic-discriminated-against-north-vancouver-school-district_n_2100681.html?view=print&comm_ref=false)
Legal implications (http://millerthomson.com/en/publications/newsletters/education-law-newsletter/client-alert-special-education) for anybody else in Ontario

Dmitri
11-15-12, 05:35 PM
Not sure what I feel about this but that's because I don't know the f facts.

Did the school have sufficient funding for such a program but chose to spend it on their football team or something?

ConcertaParent
11-15-12, 05:55 PM
Did the school have sufficient funding for such a program but chose to spend it on their football team or something? No, the terrible provincial government back in the 90s cut education spending, but the Supreme Court correctly ruled that the government has acknowledged that the reason children are entitled to an education is that a healthy democracy and economy require their educated contribution. :cool:

ginniebean
11-15-12, 08:20 PM
http://www.thestar.com/news/canada/politics/article/1285311--dyslexic-boy-was-discriminated-against-by-b-c-school-district-supreme-court

For those who want to know a little more about this case.


And for those who don't like to read the generally bone headed comments, the ones on this story are awesome.