2018-2019 School Year2019-09-06T11:02:42-04:00

Special Education Advisory Committee
2018-2019 School Year

SEAC Members discussed a number of topics of interest including:

  • Trillium Lakelands District School Board and Special Education budget for 2019-2020
  • department and system updates
  • SEAC communication strategy and planning
  • approval of the 2019-2020 SEAC meeting schedule
  • correspondence

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

  • Stasi O’Hare-Gonthier shared that Tourette Canada- Muskoka Chapter shared that

    • Tourette Canada is hosting conference in Winnipeg in Fall; there is an educator day on October 18- funding to support educators would be available through local Tourette Association

  • Stasi O’Hare-Gonthier shared on behalf of community

    • On December 5 local school councils in Huntsville are presenting a Day Program and Community Night. Presenter Paul Davis is attending to talk about Internet and Social Media Safety.

  • Stacey Bullock from Community Living Huntsville shared:

    • Band on the Run is occuring in Huntsville on Saturday June 8; it is a fundraiser for Community Living Huntsville.

    • Tag days are occurring at Bullock’s Your Independent Grocer; the Children’s Services Team will be there on Wednesday, June 5 collecting donations.

    • Re:Action4Inclusion will be co-hosting a conference in Port Sydney at Pioneer Camp on October 6 and 7, 2019.

  • Janice Balfour shared on behalf of the community:

    • On October 11 and 13 there will be an FASD Conference in the Lindsay Area; Sheila Burns will offer parent and community member professional development and RJ Frontenac will be offering presentations as well.

  • Janice Balfour shared:
    • Elaine Scriven was interviewed on Monday as a candidate to join SEAC as a representative for Community Living South Muskoka.
    • Elaine’s name will be brought forward to the board for approval in June; if approved, she would start in September.
    • Will require a SEAC mentor if we have a new member starting.

Minutes

SEAC Members discussed a number of topics of interest including:

  • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Family Support Program (Presentation from Community Partners)
  • Early Years Check in Tool
  • Special Education Plan Review
  • Department and System Updates

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

  • Stacey Bullock from Community Living Huntsville shared:
    • May is Community Living Month; Flag Raising will will be Thursday, May 16 at noon at the Huntsville Town Hall.
    • The YMCA Muskoka and Muskoka Youth Advisory Committee is hosting an ‘Address the Stress Workshop’ for students and parents from Grades 7 to 10 on Thursday, May 30.
  • Krista Broadbent, Community Partner, reported the following regarding the Boys and Girls Club of City of Kawartha Lakes:
    • A Transitional Aged Youth Program is happening at The Warehouse on Monday nights for youth 18 to 24
    • Supports are available to students with special needs who would like to attend camp in the summer with the Boys and Girls Club; early registration/ notice assists the Club in ensuring staffing supports are in place for students as required.
  • Nancy Thompson shared the following information on behalf of Five Counties Children’s Centre:
    • May is Speech and Hearing Month- books and resources are available in the lobby at Five Counties Children’s Centre.
    • Local Doctor beginning to offer FASD diagnostic appointments.
    • FCCC  is continuing to move through the waitlist on School Based Services.
  • Janice Balfour, Community Partner, reported the following regarding the Children’s Services Council:
    • CSC applied for Nexus Grants for a support group for families with FASD in Lindsay area; grants should be announced tomorrow.
    • FASD consultant Sheila Burns will be offering an upcoming two-day training on ‘All About Me’ books.

SEAC Members discussed a number of topics of interest including:

  • Special Education Funding in Ontario
  • SEAC Policy and Procedure Review
  • Special Education Plan Review
  • Department and System Updates

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

  • Jeff Mann, Community Partner shared:

    • April 2 is World Autism Awareness Day.

  • Sarah Gray from Parents for Children’s Mental Health- Muskoka advised SEAC that:

    • One of the parents with Parents for Children’s Mental Health- Muskoka Chapter wrote a book called Sweet Honey Kisses (by Christine Fishman) regarding her son’s childhood anxiety. The book can be ordered through her website.

  • Stacey Bullock from Community Living Huntsville

    • Six students, four allies and a volunteer chaperone attended the Re:Action4Inclusion conference at the end of March; the conference was excellent and well-received.

    • April 25 is the Annual ‘Transforming Together’ event at Huntsville High School; goal is to support students in transition to adulthood.

  • Krista Broadbent, Community Partner, shared on behalf of Boys and Girls Club of Kawartha Lakes:

    • Youth Warehouse, OPP and KLPS is doing a Bootcamp for 14 to 18 year olds for youth with interest in law enforcement.

    • Families who are looking for care in the summer, can reach out to Boys and Girls Club regarding options; early notification assists the club with staffing to support students with special needs.

  • Janice Balfour, Community Partner, shared information regarding FASD:

    • Have completed facilitation training for running parent support groups for FASD in Lindsay, and developed an information package for community partners.

  • Janice Balfour, Community Partner, shared information regarding the LDAO:

    • Currently recruiting for new advisory committee for LDAO Kawartha Lakes Chapter development. Working on a mission statement.

Minutes

SEAC Members discussed a number of topics of interest including:

  • The IEP Framework and Planning Placemat Draft
  • Updates to the Special Education Advisory Committee Policy and Procedure
  • The Annual Special Education Plan review
  • Department and System Updates

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

Stacey Bullock from Community LIving Huntsville shared the following

  • In mid-February, Author Michael Jacques- Can’t Read, Can’t Write, This is My Book – visited Huntsville High School and Riverside Public School.

  • In February, Community Living Huntsville and PGPS hosted a joint family night for parents and children.

  • ReAction4Inclusion 10 Anniversary Conference is coming up at the end of March; three adult allies and six students are attending.

  • On March 6, Support Workers and ReAction Team will be at Huntsville High School for the End the R-Word Campaign.

  • Community Living Huntsville is working with EarlyON Centres as a partner for Ready for Kindergarten program for facilitating skill development.

 

Minutes

SEAC Members discussed a number of topics of interest including:

  • Overview of the Ministry of Education Special Education Policy and Guidelines Document
  • Overview of Categories of Exceptionalities
  • Special Education Plan Review
  • Department and System Updates
  • Discussion regarding the Special Incidence Portion Funding, the Special Needs Strategy and EQAO Reporting Denominators
  • Planning for Future Presentations to SEAC

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

  • Stacey Bullock from Community Living Huntsville (CLH) shared:

    • On February 1, CLH visited schools in Huntsville and delivered treats, and a book as an appreciation gesture.

    • Re:Action4Inclusion is having their tenth anniversary; the conference is at the end of March. The Rotary Club has funded six students and two adult allies from Huntsville to attend.

    • CLH is working with PGPS to host a resource/ information fair night on Feb 21, 2019.

    • Huntsville’s Got Talent happened on February 2, 2019.

  • Carla O’Neill from Muskoka Family Network shared:

    • MFN offered a training session on February 3, 2019 that was well attended.

    • MFN has partnered with CLH and Autism Ontario for a presentation on March 3, 2019 on ABA Learning Skills.

  • Stasi O’Hare shared on behalf of Tourette Canada- Muskoka Chapter:
    • The next local Chapter Meeting is February 6, 2019.
    • The Trek for Tourette will occur in March.

 

Minutes

SEAC Members discussed a number of topics of interest including:

  • Welcome and Introductions to new SEAC Members for the 2019-2022 Term
  • SEAC Orientation for New SEAC Members
  • Election of SEAC Chair (Community Member Janice Balfour) and Vice Chair (Community Living Huntsville Representative Stacey Bullock)
  • Department and System Updates

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

  • Stacey Bullock from Community Living Huntsville shared the following update with SEAC:
    • Inclusive Education Month is February 2019; there is a speaker coming to Huntsville High School February 19, 2019- Michael Jacques (Can’t Read, Can’t Write, Here’s My Book).
    • Transforming Together- Life After High School will occur April 25, 2019 at Huntsville High School.
    • Community Living Huntsville is hosting a two-part workshop for parents about stress and resilience on March 7 and 21, 2019.
    • Third Annual Inclusive Education ‘Thank You’ to local schools will occur on February 1, 2019.
  • Carla O’Neill from the Muskoka Family Network shared the following updates with SEAC:
    • Muskoka Family Network received funding through the Ministry for the Family to Family Program– Workshops occurring on Sunday, January 20 and Wednesday, January 23, 2019.
    • Currently working on a goal-setting process for families.
  • Stasi O’Hare from Tourette Canada- Muskoka Chapter shared the following updates with SEAC:
    • Tourette Canada- Muskoka Chapter meets once per month for support and outreach for families who have a student or family member with Tourette; have a staff member trained to do in-class presentations about Tourette Syndrome.
    • The Canadian Tourette Organization hosts a conference in October 2019 in Winnipeg.
    • The Trek for Tourette occurs every March..
  • Nancy Thompson from Five Counties Children’s Centre shared the following with SEAC:
    • Current focus for FCCC is working through the Special Needs Strategy/ IDRS transition.

 

Minutes

SEAC Members discussed a number of topics of interest including:

  • Department and System Updates
  • New SEAC Membership for 2019-2022
  • New to SEAC Orientation Planning

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

  • Stasi O’Hare from Tourette Canada, Muskoka Chapter shared that they have welcomed a few new families recently.
SEAC Members who served for the 2015-2018 SEAC Term were thanked for their service and commitment to supporting students with Special Needs.

SEAC Members received a presentation from Speech and Language Pathologist Anne Braithwaite and Communicative Disorders Assistant Brittany Sutey about the new Speech and Language Services Model in Trillium Lakelands District School Board.

SEAC Members discussed a number of topics of interest including:
  • Special Needs Strategy Update
  • Department and System Updates
  • New SEAC Orientation Planning
  • Special Education Plan Review
SEAC Members shared the following news from Community Agencies/ Organizations:
  • Stacey Bullock from Community Living Huntsville shared:

    • Together We Are Better Contest has been launched; Applications are due by January 28, 2019. The flyers will be shared with schools.

  • Stasi O’Hare from Tourette Canada-  Muskoka Chapter shared:

    • October 2019 next Tourette Canada conference in Winnipeg; typically an educator day is part of the offering. Further information will be shared once available.

Minutes

SEAC Members received a presentation from Trillium Lakelands District School Board, 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 to 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 Junior Kindergarten/Senior Kindergarten
      • Thursday, October 4, 2018- two 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.

Minutes

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 etcetera.
  • 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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