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SUPREME COURT OF CANADA RULES
IN FAVOR OF KIDS WITH LD

by THRIVE Program Teacher, Tyson Schoeber • Last Updated: 04-01-2014

The Supreme Court of Canada's unanimous decision in the Jeffrey Moore case should be a game-changer for children and youth with learning disabilities such as dyslexia in this country. Put simply, the result makes it clear that governments (and schools) are required to do a far better job of reaching and teaching them!

To help the families of my students and the friends of our program become familiar with this monumental decision, I am pleased to share with you a number of documents that explain and respond to it. Given the importance of what the Supreme Court has done, I encourage you to take the time to read all of them in full!

EDUCATIONAL IMPLICATIONS

This essay, written by Dr. Christina Fiedorowicz and Dr. David Philpott, begins with a summary of the case and the ruling. It then digs deep into what the decision will mean to the teachers, schools and families of children with LD.

LEGAL IMPLICATIONS

This statement, published by the Learning Disabilities Association of Canada, explores some additional aspects of the Supreme Court's ruling. It also reflects on a number of key issues that decision-makers will have to consider as they seek to develop policies in line with the decision.

THE WAY FORWARD

The Learning Disabilities Association of BC has also produced a detailed set of recommendations to properly respond to the ruling. While rooted in the public school system of this province, the kind of thinking represented in these recommendations may also be applicable in other regions.

REFLECTIONS

Admittedly, there is a great deal of information here and it takes some time to work through it all. Yet the case took 12 years to wind its way through the courts — and it has MANY implications! While not everyone will agree with every idea expressed in these documents, there is little doubt that this decision is a tremendous victory for kids and families facing similar challenges in this country. There is a lot of work to do but these are exciting times! If you'd like to know how you can help, feel free to get in touch with me. I will be happy to point you in the right direction!