Volunteers Needed for SEAC

Do you want to help students with physical disabilities in your community?

Volunteers are needed to represent Easter Seals Ontario on school board Special Education Advisory Committees (SEAC). Every school board in Ontario must have a SEAC, and SEAC members provide advice to the trustees about special education programs and services and the annual special education budget.

SEACs meet 10 times a year, usually monthly from September to June. 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 when changes are being considered. To learn more about SEACs check the article, Have you ever heard of SEAC? and watch the videos about SEAC roles and responsibilities.

This may be a great position for you if you are interested in a having a voice in discussions about the special education programs and services provided by your local school board. This position would also be great for someone who has been involved in school council, or community committees. Working on SEAC will provide you with insight into how decisions are made about special education and will help you to become an effective advocate for students with physical disabilities.

As a representative for Easter Seals, you will be provided with training and orientation on the role of SEAC. The Provincial Coordinator also provides individual support, regular updates and teleconferences. For more information on the Easter Seals SEAC Program check the article, What is a SEAC?

Easter Seals is looking for volunteers, as SEAC members or alternate members, for many school boards in the province, including Durham Region, Ottawa CarletonWaterloo and Windsor.  The role of alternate member is an ideal way to find out more about SEAC and partner with another volunteer to learn about how SEAC operates.

To be eligible to be a SEAC member, or alternate, you must be a Canadian Citizen, a resident within the school board jurisdiction and an elector for the local school board, over the age of 18, and not an employee of the school board. If you enjoy committee work and are interested in helping students with physical disabilities, please contact Alison Morse at amorse@easterseals.org or by phone at 416.696.1035 ext. 335.

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