The Ottawa Catholic School Board’s approach to special education is based upon the principle of meeting students’ needs within the most enabling environment, ensuring students grow and develop as unique individuals. We believe that individual gifts and strengths must be identified and used as the starting point for developing programs which will nurture growth and learning. Our goal is to enable learners to reach their fullest potential, thus enabling them to take their place as independently as possible within society. All of our schools have facilities, resources, support personnel and equipment necessary for developing and implementing special education programs and services.
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The Special Education Report covers all programs and services offered by the Ottawa Catholic School Board. The contents of the Special Education Report complies with the appropriate Ministry of Education’s standards, Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the Ontario Human Rights Code, the Education Act, and all other relevant regulations.
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In 1980, SEAC Committees were established as part of a major revision to Ontario's education system and its support for students with special needs. That year, An Act to Amend the Education Act, which is frequently referred to as Bill 82, was passed, requiring that exceptional pupils receive special education programs and services. Bill 82 was the culmination of thirty years of royal commissions, education reform, public pressure, and political will. Read more >>
Visit this information program which has been developed by the Ontario Ministry of Education to assist SEAC members to undertake the roles and responsibilities ascribed to them by legislation. Visit www.seac-learning.ca >>
Community members, representation from local associations, parents, and trustees come together to make recommendations to the Board on all issues related to special education programs and services.