2015-2016 School Year2019-07-15T12:03:31-04:00

Special Education Advisory Committee
2015-2016 School Year

Minutes

SEAC Members engaged in discussion about:

  • Learning for All Document
  • The Trillium Lakelands District School Board (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 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at Morrison Meadows. Further information can be found on the CLSM website. 

Minutes

Highlights:

SEAC Members engaged in discussion about:

  • Learning for All Document
  • Updates to the Trillium Lakelands District School Board (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 Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) professional development and supports in Trillium Lakelands District School Board (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 eighth 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 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Shona Casola is presenting “Conversation about Differences, How Language Shapes People’s Understanding of Self.” Further information can be found at My Muskoka Now..

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 – Thursday, April 28.

Ontario Autism Program Changes

Meeting cancelled due to inclement weather.

Minutes

Highlights:

• AAEC Principal Dave Gold attended SEAC to share information with members about AAEC 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 and links.
• Department of Specialized Services Vision and 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.

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 18,  7 p.m. 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.

Minutes

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.

Minutes

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 February 18, 7 p.m.; 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 Trillium Lakelands District School Board.

Meeting Minutes

Highlights:

  • Superintendent Katherine MacIver shared information on the ‘Be Our Guest’ Approach to Customer Service that Trillium Lakelands District School Board (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 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • 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 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • 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 plus 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 etcetera. 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 Trillium Lakelands District School Board 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.
    • 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 noon to 1 p.m. with Dr. Wendy Roberts, Developmental Paediatrician, on Navigating the System After and ASD Diagnosis.
    • Community Living Kawartha Lakes and local partners are hosting the seventh Annual Its Child’s Play and It Matters conference at Pinestone Resort in November 2015; further information can be found at
    • Community Living Huntsville hosts an All Abilities Dance Troupe two times per week; open to anyone 13 and older.
    • Tourette Canada is hosting it’s National Conference in Niagara Falls from October 15 to 17, 2015.

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.

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