We have some exciting new videos available from the Keys to Special Education Conference that was held on April 9, 2016 at the Country Day School that you have to check out. Thanks to a Parents Reaching Out Grant from the Ministry of Education, we were able to record seven of the conference sessions to share with many more families. The videos have been closed captioned to increase accessibility and the handouts are available for download.
From this website you can link to the videos of the following sessions:
Keynote Presentation – What’s New in Special Education
Louise Sirisko, Director, Special Education Policy and Programs Branch, Ministry of Education will provide an overview of Special Education in Ontario. Director Sirisko covers the strategic directions for the Ministry of Education in special education. She also provides an interactive session responding to questions from the audience regarding parent roles in special education, including the Identification, Placement and Review Committee (IPRC).
Effective Advocacy and Collaboration – Information for parents on how to advocate effectively and work collaboratively with teachers and other school staff, Lynn Ziraldo, Past Chair of Minister’s Advisory Council on Special Education. Lynn provides tips to parents and shares her knowledge about the importance of collaboration and how to advocate for your child effectively.
Identifying Potential and Programming Effectively, Joe Trovato, Psycho educational Consultant, ErinoakKids Centre for Child and Youth Development. Joe provides information about the elements of a psycho-educational assessment and how assessments support student success.
Therapy at home and school – Developing a single plan of care that supports student success in school and at home, Judy Anderson, Single Plan of Care Coordinator for Children’s Treatment Network, York Region District School Board. Judy provides information on how service providers from different sectors, including education and health, can work with families to develop a single plan of care that meets the child and families needs.
Accessibility Issues at School, David Lepofsky, Chair, AODA Alliance. David shares his experience as an advocate for accessibility and discusses the need for an Accessibility Standard for Education.
Implementing Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) for Successful Communication, Daniele Fiorindi, Speech/Language Pathologist, CTN – YRDSB Augmentative Communication Consultation Services (ACCS),Sherry Caldwell and Jennifer Facchinelli, parents. Daniele provides an overview of communication development and helping children use AAC successfully. Parents, Jennifer and Sherry, share their experiences in supporting their child to communicate using AAC.
Developing Effective Individual Education Plans (IEPs), Alison Morse, Provincial Coordinator – Special Education, Easter Seals Ontario. Alison provides an overview of the elements of an IEP and highlights the role parents have as part of the team developing and reviewing the IEP.
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The Keys to Special Education Conference and webcasts were made possible through a Parents Reaching Out Grant from the Ministry of Education.
The views and ideas shared at the conference and in the videos do not necessarily reflect those of the Ministry of Education.