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Implications of Charter litigation for special education policy in Canada

  • Author / Creator
    Clayton, Joyce
  • Twenty-five years have elapsed since the equality provisions of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms came into force for Canadian institutions. During this time courts and human rights tribunals been called upon to describe what equality rights mean for Canadians with disabilities. Parents of children with disabilities have used these processes as a way of clarifying their child’s right to an education and resolving disputes about the provision of special education programming and services. This study builds upon and extends the body of research conducted between 1985 and 1998 that identified the influence of court and tribunal decisions on special education policies across Canada. The goal of this study is to identify how Charter equality provision litigation between 1999 and 2008 has influenced the continued refinement of special education policy frameworks across the country.

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  • Graduation date
    2011-06
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Doctor of Philosophy
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R34338
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Doctoral
  • Department
    • Department of Educational Psychology
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Buck, George (Educational Psychology)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Peters, Frank (Educational Policy Studies)
    • McDonald, Linda (Educational Psychology, Professor Emeritus)
    • Snart, Fern (Educational Psychology)
    • Hayward, Denise (Educational Psychology)
    • MacKay, Wayne (Dalhousie University Law School)