The provision of special education programs and services is not based on diagnosis, but rather on a child’s educational needs in the areas of behaviour, communication, intellectual or physical abilities. The Ministry of Education determines the processes for Identification, Placement and Review Committees, and standards for the Individual Education Plan. The 72 school boards in Ontario make decisions about what programs and services are available and the procedures for accessing support.
Parents of students with special education needs should be knowledgeable about the legislation and familiar with the policies and procedures of their local school board, which can be a daunting task with an abundance of information for a parent of special needs to find and understand. Easter Seals is here to help.
Education.EasterSeals.org is an informational blog for parents with tips and strategies related to:
- Special Education
- Special Education Advisory Committees
- Starting School
- High School
- Supporting Success
- Leaving School