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Special Education Advisory Committee2018-10-16T16:10:11+00:00

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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 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, Tourette Canada – Muskoka Chapter, and Five Counties Children’s Centre.

2018-2019 SEAC Schedule

SEAC Members received a presentation from TLDSB Director of Education Larry Hope regarding the 2018-2019 Strategic Directions, and a presentation from Superintendent David Sornberger regarding 2017-2018 EQAO results.

SEAC Members discussed a number of topics of interest including:

  • Department and System Updates
  • SEAC IEP Survey next steps
  • Special Education Plan Review- Sections 3-6

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

    • Stacey Bullock from Community Living Huntsville shared that:
      • The organization has received a lot of positive feedback from families about transitions into schools for JK/SKs
      • Thursday, October 4, 2018- 2 speakers will be coming to Community Living Huntsville to speak on person-centered planning and outcomes.
      • ReAction4Inclusion conference will occur in March.
    • Darlene Callan from FCCC shared with SEAC:
      • FCCC recently received notification that data sharing agreements are occurring between LHINs and CTCs; there is no funding associated with the transfer but hoping to gain efficiencies by having a single source provider.
    • Community Member Janice Balfour shared with SEAC:
      • LDAO is still working toward Chapter status in Lindsay and Haliburton areas; the Children’s Advocate identified LDAO services as a gap in area this past summer which is assisting with forward movement.

SEAC Members discussed a number of topics of interest including:

  • Department and System Updates
  • Presentation Topics for 2018-2019
  • SEAC Projects for 2018-2019
  • SEAC Term Renewal Process

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

  • Community member Janice Balfour shared:
    • LDAO Kawartha Lakes Chapter still in development; crafting vision and mission statement; then will go forward for board approval. Will start as a volunteer organization (advocacy, information) and work toward developing tutoring programs etc
  • Stacey Bullock from Community Living Huntsville advised:
    • Annual Fall Brunch occuring in early October
    • Funding from district of Muskoka for expansion planning and childcare; focus on school readiness and school entry

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