Disabled students, their families, guardians, support persons and educators, should become keenly aware of a profoundly important ruling by the Supreme Court of Canada regarding the rights of all disabled students in Canada — info available at the Learning Disabilities Association NL website: www.ldanl.ca. Near the top of the page click on “New – Moore Case info.”
As a parent of a disabled student, (who is currently being discriminated against and denied the “human right” to a vital basic service), I represent just one example among countless others throughout our province.
The term “Meaningful Access” (to education) describes what has now been unanimously affirmed by nine Judges of the Supreme Court of Canada as a human right, and this applies to all grade levels and to post secondary education.
I implore anyone who knows any disabled student to point them to this information. Your kind act may have a profound effect on their current and future education prospects, and their human rights.
Other vitally important resources for persons with disabilities include:
Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP), and Canada Disability Savings Grants and Bonds
Info for these valuable service items can be found through the Coalition of Persons with Disabilities Newfoundland and Labrador website: www.codnl.ca/resources; or the Government of Canada website: www.hrsdc.gc.ca/eng/disability.
It is legally advisable that our ministers of education and justice and (their) consultants also study this information in the hopes that they see fit to “do the right thing” and effectively fund the needs of disabled students in Newfoundland and Labrador.
Indeed it’s now time for (our?) government and (their) consultants to take some vital legal advice from the foremost expert legal authorities in our nation — Supreme Court judges. … It’s also now time to demonstrate some real (principle-based) leadership and abide by Canadian law in providing (what the SCOC ruling refers to as), “meaningful access”… in a “timely manner”…. Before the “lit” (litigation) hits the fan.
C’mon Clyde Jackman, Darin King and Kathy Dunderdale ... you’re imposing that our young people invest their futures and countless billions of tax dollars in your (dicey at best) “megaproject,” while you’re refusing to fund basic human rights of disabled students (including children). Really?
What kind of government (“Honourable Minister Responsible”) or what kind of human being, for that matter, knowingly discriminates against, and violates the human rights of, the most unfortunate in our society (through no fault of their own) — the disabled?
Conception Bay South