Did you know that according to Ministry of Education statistics:
• Almost 14% of students (288,526) in public schools were reported to be receiving special education programs and services.
• 191,898 were identified as Exceptional (9.19%)
• 96,627 were not formally identified (4.63%)
This means on average that 14% of the students in each school board are receiving special education programs and services. These students need your voice. Would you like to provide advice on how your school board provides special education support to students? If so, consider becoming a volunteer member of the school board Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC). SEAC members have the opportunity to learn about the special education programs and services provided by the school board and provide advice as programs are reviewed and or when changes are being considered.
Every school board in Ontario must have a Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC). This committee provides advice to the school board Trustees regarding special education programs and services, including the annual budget and plan for special education. Committee members include parents, and other community volunteers, who meet once a month throughout the school year. Many of the members represent provincial organizations and are able to share information about specific exceptionalities, including physical disability.
Easter Seals Ontario is an organization that is eligible to nominate volunteers as members of SEACs. Alison Morse, the Provincial Coordinator for Special Education, is currently seeking volunteers to represent Easter Seals Ontario on schools boards across the province. In particular, Easter Seals needs volunteers for the following school boards:
• Upper Grand DSB (Member and Alternate)
• York Catholic DSB (Member and Alternate)
• Peel DSB (Alternate Position)
• Toronto (Alternate Position)
This position may be of interest to you if you want to help students with disabilities, enjoy committee work, like learning about school issues, and are willing to work as a team member. SEAC members must be:
• Over the age of 18 years
• A Canadian Citizens
• Resident in the school board area
• an elector for the school board
• and can not be an employee of the school board.
If you would like to find out more about the SEAC program and this volunteer position, please contact Alison Morse at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (416)421-8377 extension 335.