Special Education

Easter Seals Kids at School

Easter Seals Ontario is pleased to announce the launch of Easter Seals Kids at School, which features articles for parents and guardians on the school system and what they need to know to help their child succeed at school.

Ministry of Education Website:

The Ministry of Education website at www.edu.gov.on.ca is a great resource to assist you to find a school in your area and has a section designated to parents including frequently asking questions, publications and tips.

For Parents: Information on Special Education in Ontario

How to find a school http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/sift/

SEAC Corner

A resource for the Easter Seals Ontario SEAC Volunteer Program
SEAC Volunteer Program

Planning for Entry to School

The Ministry of Education has a document called Planning Entry to School: A Resource Guide designed to facilitate the planning process of preparing your child to begin school. This document can be found at: http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/parents/planningentry.html

Early Learning Program (Full Day Kindergarten)

Since September 2010 school boards in Ontario have been establishing Early Learning Programs with full day Kindergarten available in selected schools. The number of schools providing the Early Learning Program will increase each year. More information about the Early Learning Program is available at : http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/earlylearning/

Check to see which schools in your area will offer full-day kindergarten this September and in 2011-12. List of schools for 2011-2012 (PDF, 49 KB)

Resources for the School Age Years

Highlights of Regulation 181/98: Identification and Placement of Exceptional Pupils
The Education Act requires that school boards provide, or purchase from another board, special education programs and services for their exceptional pupils. This attachment provides information about the Identification, Placement, and Review Committee (IPRC), and sets out the procedures involved in identifying a pupil as “exceptional”, deciding the pupil’s placement, or appealing such decisions when the parent does not agree with the IPRC. http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/general/elemsec/speced/hilites.html

Identifying the Needs of Exceptional Pupils

Identification and Placement Review Committee (IPRC)

About Individual Education Plans (IEP)

All students who are identified as exceptional must have an Individual Education Plan (I.E.P.), and many other students may have an IEP. If your child needs an IEP, you can find out more about the IEP development and your role in the process from:

Individual Education Plan (IEP) A Resource Guide

IEP Standards for Development, Program Planning & Implementation

Individual Education Plan Samples are available at:

Resources for High School Years

The Student Success Strategy

Ministry of Education Success Strategy helps students in Grade 7 to 12 tailor their education to their individual strengths, goals and interests.

There are many new programs being rolled out across the province for students pursuing university, college, apprenticeships or the workplace after graduation.

Specialist High Skills Majors allow students to focus on a future career through a bundle of classroom courses, workplace experiences and sector certifications.

Expansion of Cooperative Education allows students to count this hands-on learning towards two compulsory high school credits.

E-Learning provides students with online courses and allows teachers to share resources across the province.

Dual Credits count towards a student’s high school diploma as well as a college certificate, diploma or apprenticeship certification.

Think Literacy and Leading Math Success ensure teachers have the resources they need to help students build a solid foundation in reading, writing and math.

Credit rescue and credit recovery programs help students regain lost learning to stay on track to graduate
Find out more information at: http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/teachers/studentsuccess/strategy.html

Planning For Graduation

Easter Seals Ontario Scholarships

Transition Planning, A Resource Guide, 2002

Ontario Prospects, Ontario´s Guide to Career Planning

National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS)

Funding of Special Education

Funding of education, including the Special Education Grant components, is quite complex. You can find a Parent Guide to school board funding on the Ministry of Education website at:


Parents of children who require special equipment at school may also want to look at the Guidelines for the Special Equipment Amount, available at:


Other Useful Ministry of Education Resources:< br />
Shared Solutions: A Guide to Preventing and Resolving Conflicts Regarding Programs and Services for Students with Special Education Needs, 2007

Education for All

The Report of the Expert Panel on Literacy and Numeracy Instruction for Students With Special Needs, Kindergarten to Grade 6
Effective Educational Practices for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Caring and Safe Schools in Ontario: Supporting Students With Special Education Needs Through Progressive Discipline, Kindergarten to Grade 12 sets out a framework that system and school leaders may use to strengthen schools’ ability to provide a caring and safe environment with respect to students with special education needs.

Identification, Placement and Review Committee (IPRC)

The initial Identification, Placement and Review Committee (IPRC) for a student may take place at any time in the year, but the annual Review typically takes place at the end of the school year, in April, May or June. By law the parents or legal guardian must be invited to the IPRC meeting, and many schools will try to accommodate parent availability. You may be offered the option of waiving your right to an IPRC. You should attend the meeting. For more information, please visit http://www.easterseals.org/news/identification-placement-and-review-committee-iprc,

Other Websites Resources:

Ministry of Health and Long Term Care www.health.gov.on.ca

Community Care Access Centres (CCAC) www.ccac-ont.ca
Ministry of Children and Youth Services www.children.gov.on.ca
Learning Disabilities of Ontario : IEP 101 On-Line Workshop for Students and Parents
Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities www.accesson.ca/ado
Ontario Human Rights, Accommodating Students with Disabilities

Resources Specific to Physical Disability:

Ontario Association of Children’s Rehabilitation Services (OACRS) www.oacrs.com
Ontario Federation for Cerebral Palsy www.ofcp.on.ca
Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Association of Ontario www.sbhao.on.ca
Muscular Dystrophy Canada www.muscle.ca

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