B.C. school district discriminated against dyslexic boy: Supreme Court

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OTTAWA - The Supreme Court of Canada says a British Columbia school board discriminated against a severely learning disabled boy by not doing enough to give him the help he needed.

In their 9-0 ruling the judges sided with Rick Moore and his son Jeffrey, who is dyslexic.

They agreed with a 2005 British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal decision that found the North Vancouver school district discriminated against the boy by failing to accommodate his disability.

The B.C. Supreme Court overturned the tribunal ruling and that decision was upheld by the court of appeal.

The Supreme Court, however, overturned the lower courts, restored the finding of discrimination and awarded costs to Moore.

In the 15 years since the case began, Jeffrey was educated in an independent school and now works full-time as a plumber.

Organizations: Supreme Court of Canada, British Columbia school board, British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal North Vancouver school

Geographic location: OTTAWA

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