Special Education in Halton District School Board
The Halton District School Board is committed to the principle that learning is a developmental process and children proceed through the stages of development at varying rates. HDSB is also committed to the principle that early recognition of learning needs and early intervention is the most effective way to ensure the learner remains confident about his/her own abilities as a learner and engaged in the schooling process in years to come.
The Mission Statement of Special Education: "Working in partnership with students, families, and community to meet the educational needs of every student."
The following has been taken from: The 2012 2013 Special Education Plan amended June 2012 :
The Halton District School Board is committed to every student. Our schools work in partnership with students, families and the community to provide programming for student’s individual education strengths. Halton schools educate the whole child and therefore programs facilitate academic growth, and also social and emotional growth and/ or communication development.
Many professionals, including Classroom Teachers, Special Education Teachers, Educational Assistants, School Administrators, Itinerant Teachers, Special Education Coordinators, Supervisors of Special Services, Psychology staff, Speech Language Pathologists, Social Workers, and Child and Youth Counselors provide support to students with special needs.
Our Professional Student Services Personnel are made up of Psychology staff, Speech Language Pathologists, Social Workers and Child and Youth Counsellors. In the download section on the right you can find a brochure that outlines the services each group provides.
The 2012 2013 Special Education Plan amended June 2012 outlines the programs and services provided by the Halton District School Board. The Student Services department in consultation with the Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) prepares this plan annually. It is reviewed and approved by the Board of Trustees and submitted to the Ministry of Education. See the download section on the right for a copy of this document and Additional Information on Gifted Identification.
Working Together is a guide for parents, guardians and students about the Identification, Placement and Review Committee (IPRC) process in Halton. This document sets out the procedures involved in “Identifying” a student as exceptional. See the download section on the right for a copy of this document.
The IEP Brochure oulines parent friendly information relating to the IEP for distribution to parents when initiating discussions about a student having an IEP or upon parental request.
The School Resource Team (SRT) Pamphlet has been developed for distribution to parents prior to them attending SRT so that parents understand what to expect at an SRT meeting and can come prepared to fully participate in the process.