B.C. Supreme Court Ruling on Learning Disabilities Example of Critical Issues to be Addressed

    CALGARY, March 7 /CNW/ - On March 4th, 2008, the B.C. Supreme Court
overturned a 2005 ruling that the Education Ministry and the North Vancouver
school board discriminated against students with learning disabilities when it
failed to give a student proper support.
    The case concerns Jeffrey Moore, who was identified in the mid-1990's as
having severe Learning Disabilities (LD), and did not receive the support he
required in the public school system. Once in private school, he received
support for dyslexia and thrived; however, this was at a staggering cost to
his parents of $100,000 over 9 years.
    This is an example of the current and critical issues that will be
addresses at the 2008 World Summit on Learning Disabilities April 14 through
16th in Lake Louise, Alberta. With the primary goal of creating a White Paper
to present to governments at all levels, issues such as this will be important
discussion points with the more than 250 experts in fields such as psychology,
medicine, government, research, education and justice that will be attending.
    It is estimated that 10-15% of the population has a learning disability
and/or ADHD. Many who are undiagnosed live marginalized lives, underutilizing
their skills and abilities. This has a cost to business, society and to
personal lives. "Now, more than ever, it is critical that governments
understand the issues around learning disabilities and invest in education so
that the many students and adults with learning disabilities throughout this
country can learn on a level playing field and become genuine contributors
later in life," said 2008 Chair, Brenda Martin. "The 2008 World Summit on
Learning Disabilities is a ground breaking event where for the first time all
services providers from all these different fields will be together."
    For more information on Learning Disabilities and the 2008 World Summit,
call Brenda Martin at (403) 660-9639 or visit

For further information:

For further information: Media contact: Shawna Ogston, 2008 Summit
Publicity, (403) 870-2009

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