Special Education Advisory Committee

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Special Education Advisory Committee2020-07-23T10:28:11-04:00

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.

Membership List 

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 discussed a number of topics of interest including:

  • Department and System Updates
  • IEP Survey Results
  • SEAC Input into 2020-2021 Budget
  • Thinking Ahead to Return to School

SEAC Members shared the following news from Community Agencies/Organizations regarding program participation style:

  • Krista Broadbent, Boys and Girls Club shared:
    – Virtual daily program
  • Nancy Thompson, Five Counties Children’s Centre shared:
    – Face to face meetings with clients occurring
    – Contracts pending with local pediatricians
    – Funding for ADOS hub has continued; to be done virtually
  • Stasi O’Hare, Tourette Canada – Muskoka Chapter shared:
    – Muskoka families are welcome to participate with the Facebook meeting
  • Janice Balfour, Big Brothers Big Sisters shared:
    – Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders – Virtual meetings and virtual support
    – Big Brothers Big Sisters – virtual support/program

Minutes

SEAC Members discussed a number of topics of interest including:

  • Department and System Updates with respect to:
    • TLDSB Learn@Home
    • Job Action
    • Budget Update
    • Staff Update
  • SEAC Projects
    • IEP Survey
  • 2020-2021 Meeting Schedule
  • Correspondence

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

  • Krista Broadbent, Boys and Girls Club:
    • In person programs are suspended currently
    • Mental health, Reach programs, Adventure Quest, Community Outreach are running by virtual or phone check-in 
  • Nancy Thompson, Five Counties:
    • Sites are all working virtually
    • Equipment dispensing has occurred
    • Team platform for video sessions; having resources available to support families moving forward 
    • Compiling what would have happened face to face, offering virtually in a variety of ways
    • Staff available by e-mail

SEAC Members discussed a number of topics of interest including:

Minutes

  • Department and System Updates with respect to:
    • TLDSB Learn@Home
    • Job Action
    • After School Skills Development Program
    • Registered Behaviour Technician Training
    • IEP Survey
  • SEAC Projects
  • Presentations
  • Correspondence

SEAC Members shared the following news from Community Agencies/Organizations with respect to how agencies are currently supporting clients:

  • Janice Balfour, Big Brothers Big Sisters
    • Virtual mentoring program happening; looking at how this can be done virtually with their elementary program
  • Rose McHugh, Community Living Trent Highlands
    • Reaching out to families; everyone is still working with the 0 to 18 age grouping; working at home or minimally at office; parents have been contacted via technology
  • Carla O’Neill, Muskoka Family Network
    • Virtual as well; family home and resource teachers created a Facebook page to keep everyone connected; minimal work from office

Minutes

SEAC Members discussed a number of topics of interest including:

  • Department and System Updates
  • IEP Survey
  • Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (presentation)
  • Skills Development Program
  • Registered Behaviour Technician Training

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

  • Nancy Thompson, Five Counties Children’s Centre shared:
    • Dr. Manji, Pediatrician is moving end of May
    • CEO Diane Pick is retiring end of May
  • Stacey Bullock, Community Living Huntsville shared:
    • Transforming event at Huntsville High School in May will be happening; more information to come

Minutes

SEAC Members discussed a number of topics of interest including:

  • Department and System Updates
  • Update on Autism Ontario funding
  • Special Education budget review for 2019-20
  • Job action updates

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

  • Krista Broadbent, Boys and Girls Club: 
  • Stacey Bullock, Community Living Huntsville:
    • February  is Inclusive Education Month
    • Delivered treats to teachers in Huntsville, delivered banners, celebrating each schools creativity
    • February 18 at 6:30 pm – Community Living Huntsville is hosting a free movie night at the Algonquin Theatre, Huntsville – Wonder
    • Sibshops – Friday, March 20, event for siblings of children with disabilities
  • Jamie Read, Autism Ontario
    • March break events happening in Lindsay, Haliburton; Tri-County event in Peterborough; open invitation webinar with Dr. Ross Green (author of Raising Human Beings) is postponed 
  • Janice Balfour, Community Member

Donna Debolt – FASD workshop in February – wrap-around supports 

Minutes

SEAC Members discussed a number of topics of interest including:

  • Department and System Updates
  • SEAC Procedure and Election Process Update
  • TLDSB Transition Planning Document 
  • Correspondence

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

  • Stacey Bullock, Community Living Huntsville
    • Together, We’re Better Contest is currently happening.  Annual contest supporting inclusion; offering a better educational experience for all students.  Contest deadline is January 28, 2020
    • February is Inclusive Education month 
  • Krista Broadbent, Community Member 
    • Summer Camps at the Boys and Girls Club have been organized.  Encourage registering as early as possible
  • Janice Balfour, Community Member
    • Donna Debolt speaking at Dunsford Community Center on February 11, 2020 from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm on “Let’s Collaborate as a Community”.  Registration fee – snack and lunch provided
  • Nancy Thompson, Five Counties Children’s Centre
    • The wait list in schools has been reduced significantly 

Minutes

SEAC Members discussed a number of topics of interest including:

  • Department and System Updates
  • Labour Negotiations Update

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

  • Rose McHugh, Community Living Trent Highlands shared the news of the opening of an inclusive library – Windows and Mirrors

Minutes

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

Minutes

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

Minutes

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

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