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The Faculty of Education & NB Association for Community Living presentation

Author: Catherine Foster

Posted on Jan 19, 2021

Category: News and Notices

The Faculty of Education and NB Association for Community Living will present: “The Case of Luke Elwood,” A Documentary screening and discussion with panelists: Luke Elwood, Maureen Elwood, Gordon Porter and Wayne MacKay.

This free public event will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 26, from 7 - 8:30 p.m. ADT, Facebook Live stream

The year 2017 marked the 30th anniversary of the landmark 1987 Luke Elwood case that was prepared for hearing by the Nova Scotia Supreme court as a constitutional challenge on the right to education. Luke Elwood was an elementary student with an intellectual disability whose family challenged his placement in a Special Education class rather than a placement with his grade-level peers at his neighborhood school. The case was one of the first Charter challenges of Section 15: Discrimination based on mental disability.

This short film documents this important piece of N.S. history through archival data and interviews of key participants. The film examines the legal case, the professional actions taken and the impact on policy and practice that have followed on from one family’s decision to secure a regular classroom placement for their son. There is much we can learn from Luke Elwood’s journey that is valuable to current theory, policy, and practice work in the fields of Education, Law, and Disability Studies.

Please join us for a screening of the film, and panel discussion with four important guests who are featured in the documentary.

For questions please contact: Dr. Matt Rogers, 

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