Advocacy

LDAC has long provided national leadership in the shaping of public policy and federal legislation, working effectively to ensure that the voices of individuals with learning disabilities are heard by those in the federal government.

We are committed to working in partnership with other organizations that share our values. Over the years, LDAC has actively participated in several coalitions, advisory groups and federal task forces, and presented at several Federal Parliamentary Standing Committees (Finance, Justice, Environment, Health, etc) on issues concerning the impact of federal policy changes and programming on Canadians with learning disabilities. These presentations have been critical in helping the organization successfully inform public policy in a number of priority areas including health, justice, prevention, income support, employment, literacy, research, advocacy, children at risk, and post-secondary education.

LEGAL ADVOCACY

For the first time in its history, LDAC took the unprecedented step of applying for intervener status in a human rights case. This unusual step was necessary when it determined that legal judgments and principles might be established that would assist LDAC in achieving its mission.

Moore V BC (Ministry of Education) & School District 44

The Learning Disabilities Association of Canada (LDAC) has participated in the Moore case as an intervener at every level from the Tribunal to the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) - a period of 12 years. It was a long journey to justice, but the lives of many will be changed forever as a result of the Court's pronouncements in this case on November 9, 2012.

LDAC Position Papers on SCC decision

LDAC has prepared two position papers on the Supreme Court of Canada decision, written by its Legal and Educational Professional Advisory Council.

November 2012 - LDAC Press Release

The Supreme Court of Canada Makes Unanimous Milestone Ruling on Canadians with Learning Disabilities - A Long-Awaited Victory for 1 in 10 Canadians with Learning Disabilities – MS Word | PDF

November 9, 2012

Link to Supreme Court of Canada decision on Moore case Moore v. British Columbia (Education) - 2012 SCC 61 - 2012-11-09 Appeals – MS Word | PDF

History of the Moore Case

MS Word | PDF

CROSS COUNTRY TALK SERIES

The LDAC Legal Consortium, lead by pro bono Lead Counsel for the Learning Disabilities Association of Canada in the Supreme Court of Canada decision, Jeff Moore V BC (Ministry of Education) & School District 44 will be crossing the country in the next few months, offering a number of public information sessions and conference presentations on the ruling.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

CAPSULE Conference (Canadian Association for the Practical Study of Law in Education), Winnipeg, MB

About 350 were in attendance from every part of Education and legal system from across Canada at the Fairmont Hotel in Winnipeg, to hear the Breakfast Keynote presenter, Yude Henteleff, Lead Counsel for LDAC in the Supreme Court of Canada Moore decision.

The Moore Decision: Meaningful Access Including Range of Placements – An Integral Part of the Right to Equal Access in Education

Tuesday, April 9th hosted by LDA Newfoundland

A public information session and discussion on the ruling was facilitated by Dr. David Philpott and leading national human rights lawyer and pro bono Lead Counsel for LDAC, Yude Henteleff. The event was attended by a number individuals with disabilities, parents, educators who shared personal opinions and aided in fostering discussion about the case and its indications for human rights.

Mr. Henteleff’s Presentation



Disclaimer:

Learning Disabilities Association of Canada (LDAC) under recommendation of Yude Henteleff, pro bono Lead Counsel for LDAC, would like to make it clear that none of the information contained within the above documents should be considered legal counsel. Any legal action taken (in whole, or in part) should not be based solely upon the information above without seeking personal legal counsel. LDAC is in no way responsible for legal action taken based on the above documents and strongly urges the public to seek individualized legal counsel before pursing any course of action which may have legal or financial risks.

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