ERIC Number: EJ772467
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Reference Count: 25
Human Rights of Children with Learning Disabilities: Meeting Needs and Preventing Failure
McNamara, John K.
Exceptionality Education Canada, v16 n1 p9-23 2006
In Canada over the past two decades many legal disputes have arisen concerning education for children with learning disabilities. Most often these disputes are concerned with equal access for children with disabilities and centre on the notion of appropriate education. Issues concerning equal access to appropriate education have a long history and are now addressed in the Canadian Charter of Human Rights (Section 15 ) as well as most provincial human rights codes. This paper reviews three prominent legal cases concerned with appropriate education for children with learning disabilities and also considers a prevention model of learning disabilities with the intent of providing one way to alleviate the legal susceptibilities of education systems. The prevention model presented here emphasizes the importance of strengthening academic results of children at-risk for poor achievement associated with learning disabilities. By promoting an education system where children at-risk for learning disabilities are identified and provided with effective instruction in the early primary years, not only will legal susceptibilities be alleviated, children at-risk for learning disabilities will be provided with a healthy and productive beginning to their educational careers.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Prevention, Learning Disabilities, Civil Rights, Student Rights, Children, Court Litigation, Access to Education, Equal Education, Models, High Risk Students, Low Achievement, Educational Quality, Early Intervention, Disability Identification
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Identifiers - Location: Canada
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Equal Access