Special Education in TLDSB

Our special education services range from accommodating children in the regular classroom to supplying intensive individual support. In addition to helping our exceptional pupils, we offer a variety of student services programs, designed to help each child reach his or her potential. The education and welfare of students is a joint effort between school and home. Our programs are effective because we combine the support of parents with the excellent resources of our school and community.

What programs are offered?

A description of programs and services for Special Education is available inside The Special Education Plan below. Trillium Lakelands District School Board has also developed A Parent’s Guide to provide information about the Identification, Placement, and Review Committee (IPRC) and to set out for you the procedures involved with identifying a pupil as “exceptional.”

How does Trillium Lakelands District School Board deal with changing Special Education needs?

The Trillium Lakelands DSB has developed an Annual Accessibility Plan which details the continual improvement of access to school board facilities, policies, programs, practices and services for students, staff, parents/guardians, volunteers and members of the community with disabilities.

Special Education Advisory Committee

Every school board in Ontario is mandated to have a Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC). The role of the SEAC is to: Make representation to the Board in respect to any matter affecting the establishment, development, and delivery of special education programs and services for exceptional students of the Board.

SEAC members provide feedback and suggestions to board staff regarding programs and initiatives for students in TLDSB. SEAC membership includes trustees, community representatives (members at large) and representatives of parent associations. Get more information about the committee here.

How do I get more information about Special Education?

For more information about the Special Education Program in Ontario, please visit the Ministry of Education or contact Trillium Lakelands DSB Special Education Department at 1.888.526.5552 Ext. 22146.

There are many provincial and community resources available to help to provide information and guidance to support all student needs:

FASD: TLDSB Staff are involved in an FASD: A Community Conversation Roundtable in the City of Kawartha Lakes to discuss FASD supports based on the 2015 Provincial Roundtable Report. The link below provides more information on recommendations in the report on a the development of a Provincial FASD Strategy. For FASD support and resources visit fasdontario.ca/cms.

TOURETTE SYNDROME: For more information about Tourette Syndrome and available community supports, please visit tourette.ca.

MENTAL HEALTH & WELLNESS: The Canadian Mental Health Association offer a number of support brochures on topics such as ADD & ADHD, anxiety disorder, depression, bi-polar disorder, eating disorders, OCD etc. Visit the brochure section on their website for more information at www.cmha.ca, as well as ontario.cmha.ca.

BRAIN INJURY: The Ontario Brain Injury Association offers resources and supports for families and individuals who have been affected by a brain injury. Visit obia.ca for more information.