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. Our current membership list can be found here.

To find out more about how SEAC operates, SEAC membership and the duties of our SEAC members, please view the links below.

SEAC Meetings generally occur the first Tuesday of every month at 5:00 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Video conference access is available in Muskoka and Lindsay at the Education Centres. Video conference opportunities can be arranged in Minden at the Haliburton County Education Centre by request. Members of the public are welcome to attend SEAC meetings as observers, with advanced notice. Please contact the Superintendent of Specialized Services Office at 888.526.5552 to make arrangements.

Please note: Individual student, family or school cases and issues are not discussed at SEAC meetings. Should you have a concern or require specific support please contact your school Principal or school Special Education Resource Teacher and/or follow the TLDSB steps for concern resolution.

Community associations and organizations that currently service on TLDSB SEAC include the Learning Disabilities Association of Kawartha Lakes Region, Community Living Huntsville, Community Living Trent Highlands, Autism Ontario – Peterborough Chapter, Tourette Canada – Muskoka Chapter, and Five Counties Children’s Centre.

2017-2018 SEAC Schedule

SEAC Members engaged in discussion about:SEAC Members engaged in discussion about:

• TLDSB Strategic Action Plan
• TLDSB EQAO Results for 2016-2017
• SEAC Team Drive
• Parent/Guardian SEAC Survey Development (with a focus on IEPs)
• Updates on Department Staffing, Programs & Initiatives

Updates from SEAC Members
• Janice Balfour from LDA Kawartha Lakes Region advised that the Learning Disabilities Association of Kawartha Lakes hosted a meeting on September 6, 2017 and there was unanimous support from Community Partners for an LDAKPR Chapter. LDA Kawartha Lakes Region hopes to be operational by January 2018.
• Stacey Bullock from Community Living Huntsville shared that on the PA Day on October 6, 2017 Community Living Huntsville is hosting a ‘Find Your Wild’ event which is a free event for parents/children to attend together. More information can be found here.

Highlights:

SEAC Members engaged in discussion about:

  • SEAC Communications for 2017-2018
  • Planning for SEAC Presentations and Projects for 2017-2018
  • Updates on Department Staffing, Programs & Initiatives

Updates from SEAC Members

  • Janice Balfour from LDA Kawartha Lakes Region advised that the Learning Disabilities Association of Kawartha Lakes will be hosting a meeting on September 6, 2017 to gather community input about the newly-forming chapter. LDA Kawartha Lakes Region hopes to be operational by January 2018.
  • Rose McHugh from Community Living Trent Highlands shared that the official grand opening marking the recent Community Living Amalgamations under the name Community Living Trent Highlands will be on October 5, 2017 at their Lindsay Office starting at 11am.

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SEAC Members engaged in discussion about:

  • The 2017-2018 Draft Budget for the Special Education Department
  • Section 8 of the TLDSB Special Education Plan
  • Development of a SEAC parent/guardian survey
  • The SEAC Schedule for 2017-2018

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Highlights:

SEAC Members engaged in discussion about:

  • The Integra Young Warriors partnership program between TLDSB, Integra and Community
  • Section 8 of the Special Education Plan
  • SEAC Parent Survey Development

Updates from SEAC Members:

Stacy Bullock from Community Living Huntsville shared:

  • On June 17, Science North will be hosting an event at Community Living Huntsville- free for families- flyers to be shared
  • The Ready for Kindergarten programs had a great turnout

Andrea Brown, Community Representative, on behalf of Community Living South Muskoka shared:

  • Community Living South Muskoka 50 year pancake breakfast will be occurring on May 11 from 9am-11am at the office on Depot drive

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Highlights:

SEAC Members engaged in discussion about:

  • Self-Regulation strategies for students in TLDSB
  • Section 4 of the Special Education Plan

Updates from SEAC Members:Stacy Bullock from Community Living Huntsville shared information about the following upcoming events/ opportunities:

Stacy Bullock from Community Living Huntsville shared information about the following upcoming events/ opportunities:

  • Life after High School, which occurs in coordination with Huntsville High School is occurring on April 27, 2017. Life After High School assists families in understanding resources available to assist with transitions for youth.
  • On April 20, 2017 there is a workshop being offered called Raising Awesome Kids. It is a free workshop for parents

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Highlights:

SEAC Members engaged in discussion about:

  • Transitions for students with special needs both within the school system and into the community
  • The development of a parent/guardian survey regarding special education in TLDSB

Updates from SEAC Members

Jamie Read from the Autism Ontario, Peterborough Chapter shared:

  • World Autism Awareness day coming up on April 2, 2017; further information can be found at  www.autismontario.com
  • Autism Ontario is offering a Children’s Friendship Training Facilitator Training for children ages 8-12. Friendship training focuses on sharing information, being a good sport, sharing skills etc
  • Autism Ontario Peterborough Chapter catchment area has funding opportunities available. The seeds of hope fund is a one time funding for individuals over 18 and there is also activities funding for under 18. Further information can be found at www.autismontario.com

Leslie Burgess from Tourette Canada- Muskoka Chapter shared:

Rose McHugh from Community Living Central Highlands announced:

  • Community Living Central Highlands will be amalgamating with Community Living Peterborough; the name will be changing to Community Living Trent Highlands as of April 2017.

Janice Balfour, Community Representative shared:

  • A group in Kawartha Lakes received permission from LDAO per

Snow Day cancellation.

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Highlights:

SEAC Members engaged in discussion about:

  • Early Development Instrument (EDI) Results for CKL/ Haliburton and Muskoka as presented by community partners
  • An Update on Collaborative and Proactive Solutions in TLDSB
  • Development of a Parent Survey on Special Education

Updates from SEAC Members

  • Jamie Read, SEAC Member representing Autism Ontario, Peterborough Chapter shared the following update with SEAC
    • Autism Ontario – Peterborough Chapter currently has opportunities available to apply for March Break Funding + Activity Funding. More information on these activities can be found on their website
    • Autism Ontario is exploring program opportunities and training on topics including Social Skills, Peer School Based Program and Children’s Friendship Training

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Highlights

SEAC Members engaged in discussion about:

  • Ministry Of Education Professional Development & Inter-departmental alignments
  • EQAO Data- TLDSB & Provincial data regarding identification of exceptionalities
  • Special Equipment for Learning Procedure Review
  • Special Education Plan Review and Updates – Sections 15 & 17

Updates from SEAC Members

Leslie Burgess from Tourette Canada shared the following updates:

Jamie Read from Autism Ontario shared the following updates:

  • Upcoming free Webinars on Autism Ontario website:
    • November 18- Transitioning to Adulthood
    • December 16- Dale Munroe- Strategies for Success for Parents
  • Updates occurring to Autism Ontario Website
    • Educational Materials recently updated
    • www.autismontario.com

Amber Gordon from Community Living Huntsville

  • Together We Are Better Contest currently occurring for students
  • Community Living received a Pay it Forward Muskoka Grant to start a new all-abilities art group- occurring 2nd Wednesday of the month; cost is only $2; registration required

Janice Balfour shared the following community update:

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Highlights:

SEAC Members engaged in discussion about:

  • Department of Specialized Services area(s) of focus for 2016-2017
  • Department of Specialized Services Staff changes
  • TLDSB Strategic Directions (Embrace Learning) and Strategic Action Plan
  • TLDSB EQAO Results for 2015-2016

Updates from SEAC Members:

Rose McHugh, SEAC representative for Community Living Kawartha Lakes shared the following

  • Community Living Kawartha Lakes and Community Living Haliburton have amalgamated and now will be called Community Living Central Highlands

Janice Balfour, SEAC representative for LDAP shared:

  • The Children’s Services Council received OTF grants to develop FASD supports in the community including training opportunities and  training growing community capacity in supporting individuals with FASD

Jamie Read, SEAC representative for Autism Ontario advised SEAC:

  • The Autism Ontario website is being updated
  • October is Autism Awareness Month in Ontario

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Highlights:

SEAC Members engaged in discussion about:

  • SEAC Presentation schedule/ areas of interest for 2016-2017 including
    • Update on Collaborative and Proactive Solutions
    • Update on Integra Young Warriors
    • Sharing of the Specialized Equipment for Learning Policy and Procedure
    • Transitions to High School
    • EA Training re: Supporting Students with Challenging Behaviours
  • SEAC Projects for 2016-2017- SEAC will focus on:
    • Review and updates to the Special Education Plan
    • Letter to the Ministry of Education re: Special Education Funding
    • Development of Parent/Guardian input surveys in relation to Special Education

Updates from SEAC Members:

  • Andrea Brown, SEAC Community Member Representative, shared the following update with SEAC on behalf of Community Living South Muskoka
    • Community Living South Muskoka is hosting their annual fall festival at Morrison Meadows from Sept 22-25; more information can be found at http://morrisonmeadows.com
  • Leslie Burgess, Tourette Canada Muskoka Chapter Representative shared:
    • The local Tourette Canada Support Group will be hosting their meetings every second Tuesday, starting Tuesday, September 13, 2016 from 7pm-8:30pm at Muskoka Falls PS. All Welcome. More information can be found on the Tourette Muskoka Facebook Page at https://www.facebook.com/TouretteMuskoka

Minutes

SEAC Members engaged in discussion about:

  • Learning for All Document
  • The TLDSB Special Education Plan
  • Updates on Special Education Programs and Initiatives in TLDSB
  • The draft Special Education budget for 2016-2017 Updates from SEAC Members:
  • Andrea Brown, SEAC Community Member Representative, shared the following update with SEAC on behalf of Community Living South Muskoka
    • Community Living South Muskoka is hosting the grand opening of their accessible playground on Tuesday, June 14, 2016 from 11am-1pm at Morrison Meadows. Further information can be found here. 

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Highlights:

SEAC Members engaged in discussion about:

  • Learning for All Document
  • Updates to the TLDSB Parent/Guardian Guide to Special Education
  • Exceptionality Informational Brochures
  • The TLDSB Special Education Plan
  • SEAC letter to the Ministry of Education re: Special Education Funding
  • SEAC PRO grant

SEAC Members approved:

  • The SEAC Schedule for 2016-2017

Updates from SEAC Members:

  • Jamie Read from Autism Ontario shared the following:
  • Autism Ontario One-to One Summer Support Worker Reimbursement Fund applications are open online on the Autism Ontario website; funding assists with respite staff, camp staff for the summer. More information can be found at http://www.autismontario.com/camp
  • Communications occurring with families affected by the changes to IBI and ABA delivery in Ontario

Janice Balfour From LDAO shared:

  • There are three upcoming workshops for parents on Assistive Technology, Apple, Android, Google: all workshops are bring your own device. Information on dates, times and locations to follow.

Highlights:

• Special Education Consultant Shannon McKinley shared information about FASD professional development and supports in TLDSB
• Superintendent Katherine MacIver and District Principal Jennifer Johnston shared updates and information with SEAC regarding initiatives, professional development opportunities and meetings occurring in the Board and in the Department of Specialized Services

SEAC Members engaged in discussion about:

• Learning for All Document
• Updates to the TLDSB Parent/Guardian Guide to Special Education
• Customer Service in TLDSB

Updates from SEAC Members:

Leslie Burgess from Tourette Canada- Muskoka Chapter shared the following update with SEAC:
• The 8th Trek for Tourette occurred on March 20, 2016 in Gravenhurst; approximately $5000 was raised
• At end of April Tourette Canada is re-training inservice providers to be available for Community Advocacy, increase awareness

Amber Gordon from Community Living Huntsville shared the following on behalf of the Muskoka Family Network
• Saturday April 16, 2016 from 1pm-4pm Shona Casola is presenting “Conversation about Differences, How Language Shapes People’s Understanding of Self.” Further information can be found at this link.

Jamie Read from Autism Ontario shared:

Autism: See the Potential Video: https://vimeo.com/144769608
•  Video created as an introduction to ASD and to support customer service professionals when they provide services to people with ASD. The video is very accessible and entertaining and would be a great tool to share with staff and students.

Autism Ontario Education Scholarships
•   Autism Ontario is now accepting 2016 applications for:
Eleanor Ritchie Education Scholarship for individuals on the autism spectrum entering the first year of a post-secondary program

Jeanette Holden Educational Scholarship for siblings of a person on the autism spectrum who are entering the first year of a post-secondary program

McDonald Family Educational Scholarship for children of a parent on the autism spectrum who are entering the first year of a post-secondary program
• See the application information forms for details. Deadline for applications is May 6, 2016.

ASD and Mental Health Conference – Thurs. Apr. 28
• For more information go here.

Ontario Autism Program Changes
• For information on the changes to the program, visit: www.ontario.ca/autism
• For the Autism Ontario response go here.

Meeting cancelled due to inclement weather.

Minutes

Highlights:

• AETC Principal Dave Gold attended SEAC to share information with members about AETC programs
• Superintendent Katherine MacIver and District Principal Jennifer Johnston shared updates and information with SEAC regarding initiatives, professional development opportunities and meetings occurring in the Board and in the Department of Specialized Services

SEAC Members engaged in discussion about:

• Learning for All Document
• Updated the TLDSB Parent/Guardian Guide to Special Education
• The creation of parent/guardian information resources & links
• Department of Specialized Services Vision & Mission

Updates from SEAC Members:

• Community Representative Andrea Brown shared on behalf of Community Living South Muskoka:

• CLSM is hosting a Leap Year Party on Saturday, February 27, 2016 at LIV Muskoka including live music, silent auction and games. All are welcome.

Roxana Vernescu of FASD ONE shared that:

• The FASD ONE Biannual conference is occurring on March 24, 2016 in Toronto. Further details can be found at here.

Janice Balfour from LDAP shared the following event details with SEAC members. The event is open to anyone interested in attending:

Computers, IPads, Tablets, Phones and Chromebooks

How are they being used in the classroom and what you need to know to get involved.
Come explore assistive technologies, a door to independence and academic success
with DJ. Cunningham.
February 18th,  7pm at Central Senior School in Lindsay.   (Onsite childcare available. Healthy snack provided.)

We are very excited to be bringing DJ to the City of Kawartha Lakes. Come join us for this energetic  and inspiring presentation.  To register email:  ldapjanice@gmail.com or call 705-324-2596.

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Highlights:

• TLDSB Autism Consultant Linda Hachmer shared an overview with SEAC in regard to programs and services for students with ASD in TLDSB
• Superintendent Katherine MacIver shared information with SEAC about the Mindful Martial Arts/ Young Warriors and Collaborative and Proactive Solutions (CaPS) initiatives occurring in the Board
• District Principal of Specialized Services Jennifer Johnston shared information with SEAC about upcoming staff professional development opportunities including the New to SERT PD and Adobe Connect Online Learning sessions
• District Principal of Specialized Services Jennifer Johnston provided an overview of a section of the Learning for All Document with SEAC
• District Principal of Specialized Services Jennifer Johnston coached SEAC through a brainstorming session on revising the TLDSB Parent Guide to Special Education in order to make it more user friendly and informative
• Janice Balfour, representative from LDAP, shared information with SEAC about the professional development opportunity that will be occurring with DJ Cunningham in February 18 at Central Senior School; more information is available by contacting the Learning Disabilities Association of Peterborough at 705.324.2596

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Highlights:

Superintendent MacIver and District Principal Johnston shared updates with SEAC regarding initiatives, professional development opportunities and meetings occurring in the Board and in the Department of Specialized Services.

SEAC Members shared the following updates

  • Janice Balfour from LDAP updated SEAC on the following:
    • DJ Cunningham will be coming to CKL to do presentations to parents and students on Assistive Technology in the Classroom on Feb 18, 7pm; an agenda and location will be shared in January
  • Jamie Read from Autism Ontario shared the following update with SEAC:
    • Last month Autism Ontario hosted a Provincial Training with a focus on Special Education; more information will be shared at the next meeting
    • On November 30 Autism Ontario hosted a webinar on how to be an effective advocate. The webinar is on Autism Ontario website at http://www.autismontario.ca/ where anyone can view at no cost

SEAC members engaged in discussion about

  • Definitions of exceptionalities
  • Expanding the information and resources available to parents/ guardians/ community partners
  • The ‘customer service model’ in TLDSB

Meeting Minutes

Highlights:

  • Superintendent Katherine MacIver shared information on the ‘Be Our Guest’ Approach to Customer Service that TLDSB staff have been learning about
  • District Principal Jennifer Johnston reviewed background and context of the Ministry of Education Learning for All Document and shared a schedule with SEAC for reviewing the document to assist SEAC in understanding the core beliefs TLDSB is practicing and make informed recommendations and requests at SEAC meetings
  • District Principal Jennifer Johnston reviewed the background and context of the TLDSB Parent Guide to Special Education which will be reviewed and updated this year at the request of SEAC. An outline of topics to discuss at each meeting in 2015-2016 in relation to the Guide was shared with SEAC.
  •  SEAC members shared the following updates:
  • Janice Balfour, representative on behalf of LDAP advised: On Monday the Children’s Services Council in Kawartha Lakes/ Haliburton is hosting an FASD Community Partner session to discuss with partners what services are available/ what is needed to support students and families with FASD.
  • Jamie Read, representative on behalf of Autism Ontario shared:
    • Autism Ontario is hosting their annual fall training session next week
    • Support groups are always welcoming new members
  • Amber Gordon, representative from Community Living Huntsville advised:
    • The Muskoka Family Network has launched; they host their outreach meetings on the first Monday each month at VK Greer School from 6:30-8pm
  • Andrea Brown, Community Representative shared information at the request of Community Living South Muskoka:
    • Community Living South Muskoka has installed an accessible playground at Morrison Meadows that is open and available for anyone to use
    • There will be a Transitional Aged Youth & Family Night hosted by CLSM on November 19 from 5:30pm-7pm
  • Andrea Brown, Community Representative shared information about HandsTheFamilyHelpNetwork’s new service delivery model for developmental support services:
    • Developmental support services at Hands has changed their service delivery model in April 2015 and now uses the ANSA assessment for service for 18+ individuals. This model is much more effective than the previous model and has significantly reduced wait times
  •  Roxana Vernescu, representative from FASD ONE shared:
    • The Ministry has released their roundtable report and continues working on provincial strategy for FASD which includes promoting awareness, prevention, screening, diagnostics, front end professional/ paraprofessional training etc. The report will be shared with SEAC.
  • Leslie Burgess, representative from Tourette Canada: Muskoka Chapter advised:
    • There is only a small population attending the local support group currently; looking for thoughts/ recommendations or suggestions to promote support groups locally and welcome SEAC members to share information with individuals/ families they may know with Tourette’s.

Meeting Minutes

  • Superintendent Katherine MacIver and District Principal Jennifer Johnston updated SEAC on plans and initiatives occurring in the Department of Specialized Services
  • Director of Education Larry Hope shared with SEAC the 2015-2015 Strategic Action Plan
  • Superintendent Katherine MacIver shared drafts and welcomed feedback on the TLDSB Exceptionality Information & Supports Brochures that are in development as a parent/guardian/community/teacher/student resource
  • SEAC members shared information on opportunities for community participation in events and professional development including
    • LDAP has commenced it’s tutoring program; more information can be found at http://ldaptbo.com/
    • LDAP was successful in securing a Parents Reaching Out (PRO) grant and is planning on bringing DJ Cunningham to the area as a guest speaker on Assistive Technology; three workshops on learning to use Assistive Technology for parents will be offered as a follow up
    • Autism Ontario is hosting a Webinar on October 28, 2015 from 12pm-1pm with Dr. Wendy Roberts, Developmental Paediatrician, on Navigating the System After and ASD Diagnosis, more information on webinars and social opportunities can be found at www.autismontario.com
    • Community Living Kawartha Lakes and local partners are hosting the 7th Annual Its Child’s Play and It Matters conference at Pinestone Resort in November 2015; further information can be found at http://www.investinginquality.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/CKL-Registration-Package-2015.pdf
    • Community Living Huntsville hosts an All Abilities Dance Troupe 2x per week; open to anyone 13 and older. Further information can be found at http://www.clhuntsville.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/dance-troupe.pdf
    • Tourette Canada is hosting it’s National Conference in Niagara Falls from October 15-17, 2015, registration details can be found at https://www.tourette.ca/

Meeting Minutes

Highlights:

  •  SEAC members officially welcomed Superintendent Katherine MacIver and District Principal Jennifer Johnston into their new positions in the Department of Specialized Services
  • SEAC members provided suggestions for topics of interest for presentations and discussion for 2015-2016
  • Superintendent MacIver and District Principal Johnston provided information about the Department of Specialized Services focus and directions for 2015-2016

Meeting Minutes

Highlights:

  • Superintendent of Business Bob Kaye attended the SEAC meeting to share information about the Special Education Budget for 2015-2016
  • The SEAC schedule for the 2015-2016 school year was approved by the committee
  • Superintendent Kevin Cutler and District Principal Katherine MacIver shared updates on the following initiatives in TLDSB:
  • Data regarding students with Special Needs (categories of exceptionalities etc.)
  • Community Hubs/ Situation Tables that are being developed in CKL/Haliburton
  • Special Needs Strategy Progress (CPS & IDRS Projects in both areas of the Board)
  • Special Education Plan for 2015-2016
  • The SEAC page on the TLDSB website is now posted and will be updated regularly

Meeting Minutes

Highlights:

  • TLDSB Pyschoeducational Consultant Tara McAlpine shared a presentation with SEAC on the Collaborative and Proactive Solutions (CaPS) Initiative occurring in TLDSB. CaPS works on the premise of Kids do well if they can. Working with Dr. Ross Greene, TLDSB staff and community partners are working toward becoming proficiency trainers in CaPS and Plan B conversations to support students in collaborative problem solving. More information can be found on Dr. Greene’s site http://www.livesinthebalance.org
  • SEAC Members J. Balfour, L. Burgess, Trustee Representative D. Morrison and Superintendent K. Cutler provided SEAC with an update on the MACSE SEAC conference they attended on behalf of TLDSB SEAC on May 2, 2015
  • Superintendent Cutler & District Principal MacIver provided the following updates to SEAC:
    • The fifth Annual TLDSB Power to Change Camp, run in partnership with Me to We, is occurring from May 7-9, 2015. The camp provides leadership opportunities for students who may struggle with relational aggression.
    • Friday May 8, 2015 is our fourth Annual GSA conference. Over 80 students will be in attendance.
    • Special Education Resource Teachers from across the Board met to discuss customer service and supporting students with special needs in April 2015.
    • TLDSB is undertaking it’s annual review of the Special Education Plan with a focus on Section 10- Categories of Exceptionalities. SEAC will be given the opportunity to provide input on changes.
    • The Communications Department has been working on the SEAC website; SEAC had an opportunity to provide input. The website will be ready to be launched this spring.