JFCY in the courts: Special Education

Today the Supreme Court of Canada released its decision in Moore v. BC, a case about a student (Jeffrey Moore) with dyslexia who was denied appropriate accommodation of his disability, thereby preventing him meaningful access to an education in the public school system. When Jeffrey was an elementary school student, his school board eliminated the remedial program…

In the news: the Child Advocacy Project

Check out this Toronto Star article on the Child Advocacy Project (CAP).  CAP, a program run by Pro Bono Law Ontario, matches volunteer lawyers with children and families experiencing legal issues at school. The free lawyers provide assistance with suspensions, expulsions, special education, etc. JFCY is happy to work quite closely with CAP; we provide training on…

Education Law and the Youth Criminal Justice Act – JFCY staff write for Briefly Speaking

The most recent issue of Briefly Speaking features two articles by JFCY lawyers.  Check it out online! Martha Mackinnon is the executive director of JFCY.  Her article, “The Legality of Education,” discusses the legal structures that govern the education system in Ontario – key issues she addresses are the legal processes that relate to suspensions, expulsions,…

Special education and "exceptionality" explained

 Comic picture courtesy of JFCY volunteer Diana Rozo Blogpost by JFCY volunteer Adrianna P, law student Daniel Lo and JFCY lawyers Johnny is a 16 year-old grade 10 student. Since entering high school he has found that he is struggling with his course work and his grades are falling.  Johnny is having difficulty successfully completing…