Special Education Advisory Committee

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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 Trillium Lakelands District School Board (TLDSB). SEAC membership includes trustees, community representatives (members at large) and representatives of parent associations. Our current membership list can be found on the SEAC PDF.

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 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 Community Living Huntsville, Community Living Trent Highlands, Tourette Canada – Muskoka ChapterMuskoka Family NetworkParents for Children’s Mental Health- Muskoka Chapter, and Five Counties Children’s Centre.

2019-2020 SEAC Schedule

SEAC Members received a presentation from Jamie Read and  Erin Nightingale, Autism Ontario including their mission, processes, budgets, service navigation and supports.  Trillium Lakelands District School Board Superintendent Jennifer Johnston shared the 2018-19 EQAO results.

SEAC Members discussed a number of topics of interest including:

  • Department and System Updates
  • Collective Bargaining updated on website
  • SEAC One Page Information Sheets and IEP Survey

SEAC Members shared the following news from Community Agencies/Organizations:

  • Janice Balfour, Community Member FASD Training on November 8 and 15 is almost full – contact Janice to registration
  • Jamie Read, Autism Ontario – November 23 is hosting a family event to see the Frozen 2 movie

SEAC Members discussed a number of topics of interest including:

  • Department and System Updates
  • Special Education Supports Update
  • SEAC IEP Survey next steps
  • SEAC Information Sheets – Autism, Behaviour – review

SEAC Members shared the following news from Community Agencies/Organizations:

  • Stacey Bullock from Community Living Huntsville shared that:
    • The annual general meeting will be held on October 15
    • reAction4Inclusion Summit is being held in Port Sydney on October 4 to 6
  • Carla O’Neill from Muskoka Family Network shared that:
    • The First Family Fun Day is being held on November 3
    • There is a five week housing series for families to create their own plan beginning on October 9

SEAC Members discussed a number of topics of interest including:

  • Department and System Updates
  • Correspondence
  • SEAC Information Planning 2019-2020
  • Individual Education Plan review

SEAC Members shared the following news from Community Agencies/Organizations:

  • Stasi O’Hare-Gonthier, Tourette Canada, Muskoka Chapter shared:
    • Tourette Canada is hosting a conference in Winnipeg in October 17 to 19, 2019.  Funding to help support participation may be available
  • Rose McHugh, Communit Living, Trent Highlands shared:
    • Information session for families engage respite/support workers on September 26, 2019 to learn more about direct funding, hiring workers and legal responsibilties.
  • Krista Broadbent, Community Partner shared:
    •  Boys and Girls Club, Lindsay are presenting “Boots and Bling” on October 4 at the Lindsay Armouries – tickets available at the Boys and Girls Club
  • Stacey Bullock, Community Living, Huntsville shared:
    • Partnering with breakfast information sessions on ASFD
    • Reaction for Inclusion Conference Flyer
    • Social Safety Networking Parent Night – December 5 – Huntsville
  • Janice Balfour, Community Partner shared:
    • FASD Conference at Celebrations in Lindsay – November 8 and 15; family are free/$50 for service providers; potentential workshop for FASD in February
    • Employment training opportunity at Fleming College on October 23 and 24

2018-2019 School Year

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