The Supreme Court of Canada has agreed to hear a human-rights case that could change the way public schools respond to their special-needs students.
North Vancouver father Rick Moore, who has been fighting a legal battle on behalf of his dyslexic son and other severely learning disabled children for 17 years, said he was thrilled.
"It's fantastic," he said in an interview today, after hearing the news from his lawyer Frances Kelly. "It's a big day for me."
Moore filed a complaint with the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal in 1997 when his son Jeff was in Grade 3 at his neighbourhood school and still unable to read. The school referred him to the district's diagnostic centre for help but the centre was closed for budgetary reasons before Jeff could attend.
Desperate for help, Moore pulled his son from Braemar elementary and enrolled him in an independent school, despite hefty tuition fees. Jeff, now 24, learned to read, graduated from high school, attended post-secondary and is employed as a plumber.
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