By the time he finished Grade 3, Jeffrey Moore still didn't know the alphabet and could not read his own birthday cards.
His parents sought help for the eight-year-old boy's dyslexia from his public school, but funding cuts gutted the program. So they instead remortgaged their home to put him into a private school catering to learning disabilities.
More than 15 years later, Canada's highest court ruled Friday that a British Columbia school board discriminated against Moore by not doing enough to give him the help he needed.
"There's a good chance when I have kids, they'll be dyslexic," the now 25-year-old Moore said from his North Vancouver workplace after learning of the decision.
For any kid out there that has a learning disability, they'll be able to get the help that they need and deserve and be able to thrive to their potential. It's just amazing."
In their 9-0 ruling, the Supreme Court of Canada justices sided with Moore and his father, Rick, who initiated the action in the early 1990s. He made his first complaint to the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal, alleging the district had discriminated against his son by failing to accommodate his disability.
Teachers had known of the boy's disability and referred the case to a diagnostic centre for special attention, but the district closed the centre for budgetary reasons before he could enrol.
Extract from an article by Tamsin Burgmann, The Canadian Press, on the CTV News website.
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