Moore v. British Columbia (Education) - What does it mean for inclusive education in Alberta?
(with Debra A. Tumbach and Grace Garcia Cooke)

About this Learning Opportunity

This archived webinar presents an overview of the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) decision of Moore v. British Columbia (Education) and implications for decisions regarding the education and accommodation of students with special needs. The SCC affirmed a British Columbia Human Rights Tribunal ruling that a North Vancouver school district had failed to give special needs student, Jeffrey Moore, access to education opportunities thereby discriminating against him. Jeffrey was diagnosed with dyslexia. The Moores were awarded the costs associated with paying tuition to send Jeffrey to a private school that could meet his needs, up to and including Grade 12, half the costs incurred to transport him to and from the school, and $10,000 for injury to Jeffrey’s dignity, feelings and self-respect.

This archived webinar:

  • highlights the findings of the SCC and the legal principles applied in the Moore decision;
  • discusses the legal framework of human rights law in Alberta in the context of special needs students attending public schools;
  • discusses implications arising from the decision; and
  • considers prudent practices for handling requests for additional services at the various levels of a school jurisdiction.
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About the Facilitator(s)

Debra A. Tumbach is the Senior Lawyer with Alberta School Boards Association, Legal Services.

Grace Garcia Cooke is a Lawyer with Alberta School Boards Association, Legal Services.
Debra and Grace have assisted school boards across the province in reviewing their policies and practices that impact students with special needs, and have also assisted in defending school boards who have human rights complaints filed against them. Debra and Grace have over 30 years of combined education-related legal experience that they utilize to assist school boards.

This resource was developed by ERLC as a result of a grant from Alberta Education to support implementation.