Easter Seals Ontario is looking for volunteers to become members of school board Special Education Advisory Committees (SEAC). Every school board in Ontario is required to have a SEAC and the volunteer members represent organizations like Easter Seals Ontario, who can advocate for the interests of students with special education needs. Volunteers for Easter Seals Ontario can represent students with physical disabilities.
SEAC membership includes two to three Trustees, up to 12 local associations (such as Easter Seals Ontario) and additional members or members-at-large. SEAC members will advise the board about special education programs and services. Many SEAC members are parents of children with special education needs. Easter Seals volunteers on SEAC will learn about special education and can provide advice about how to improve programs and services ot meet the needs of students with physical disabilities.
Easter Seals is currently seeking volunteers as members and alternates. In some school boards there is a SEAC member who would like an alternate member to support their activities. There are also many school boards in Ontario where Easter Seals does not have a SEAC member and we need both a member and alternate. The role of an alternate member is an ideal way to find out more about SEAC and partner with another volunteer to learn about how SEAC operates.
Below are training modules developed by the Provincial Parent Association Advisory Committee on Special Education Advisory Committees (PAAC on SEAC), a network of provincial associations that represent the interests of exceptional students. Each of the 16 provincial associations, including Easter Seals Ontario, supports the members of SEACs. PAAC on SEAC has been providing information and resources to SEAC members since 1983. These three videos provide information on the purpose of SEAC, Roles and Responsibilities, and Meeting Process. Have a look at the videos and decide whether you might be interested in finding out more. For more information about PAAC on SEAC visit the website at www.paac-seac.ca.Click on the links below to view each new module:
Purpose of SEAC
SEACs play an essential role in their school board. Learn what a SEAC member does and how they contribute to special education.
Roles and Responsibilities
What exactly does a SEAC member do? Learn how to be an effective member of your SEAC.
Setting agendas, making motions and minority reports are just some of the tasks devoted to a SEAC member. Discover how your voice will contribute to a successful SEAC meeting.
If you are interested in volunteering and becoming a member of SEAC, please e-mail Senior Manager – Advocacy and Family Engagement, Alison Morse at firstname.lastname@example.org. and You can also view this informational video about SEAC created by York Catholic District School Board (YCDSB).