2016-2017 School Year2018-10-04T07:30:58+00:00

Special Education Advisory Committee
2016-2017 School Year

Minutes

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

Minutes

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

Minutes

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

Minutes

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:

  • The Trek for Tourette is occurring on March 26 at 1pm in Gravenhurst
  • The Muskoka Chapter Resource Unit is available for services to support Muskoka/ Haliburton Area if support is needed.

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.

Minutes

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

Minutes

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:

  • Recent Tourette Canada- Muskoka Chapter meeting focused on raising awareness and increasing understanding; working on provincial planning and collaboration
  • Information about Tourette, Tics, Tic Disorders and the co-morbid disorders was shared via a video link

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:

  • Children’s Services Council is hosting FASD training workshops on Nov 21 (caregivers) and December 5 (for professionals)

Minutes

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

Minutes

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

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