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Upper Grand District School Board

Special Education

SEAC – Special Education Advisory Committee
SEAC is made up of local parent representatives of provincial associations, two local school trustees and interested local community representatives. Monthly meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month throughout the school year, and are open to the public.

Parents Guide to Special Education (PDF)
The purpose of this parent’s guide is to provide you with information about the Identification, Placement and Review Committee (IPRC), and to set out for you the principles involved in identifying a student as “exceptional”, deciding the pupil’s placement, or appealing such decisions if you do not agree with IPRC.

Special Education Plan (PDF) 
School Boards are required by the Ministry of Education to maintain a Special Education Plan, to review it annually, to amend it from time to time to meet the current needs of its exceptional students and to submit any amendments to the Minister of Education for review. The School Board’s Special Education Plan is to inform the Ministry of Education and the public about special education programs and services that are provided by the board in accordance with legislation and ministry policy on special education.

Special Education Report (PDF)
In accordance with Regulation 306 of the Education Act, the Upper Grand District School Board is required every two years to prepare and approve a report on the special education programs and special education services provided by the board.

Special Education Department
Members of the Special Education Department include Itinerant Teachers who travel between schools to work with students, and Special Education Consultants who make recommendations about programming, strategies and resources for students with all types of special needs who require accommodations, modifications or alternative curriculum. Special Education Consultants also work with school staff to submit claims for specialized equipment (e.g. Special Equipment Amount – SEA) and submit requests for Special Incident Portion funding (SIP).

Special Class Placement in UGDSB
Students who require special education programs and services receive support through the classroom teacher and the special education resource teacher at their home schools. However, in some circumstances, students can be referred to a special education class placement where focused instruction in the area of need is provided.

Special Education on the Ontario Ministry of Education website
Students who have behavioural, communicational, intellectual, physical or multiple exceptionalities, may require special education programs and /or services to benefit fully from their school experience. The Ministry of Education’s website has a wealth of information and resources on Special Education programs in Ontario schools.