Special Education

infoThe following information refers to the Learn At Home program that took place from March to June 2020.

Special Education Supports and Resources

An important part of our plan is ensuring supports for students with special education needs. We know that these supports look different for learning at home and have created this list of Special Education Resources and Supports for OCDSB Learn At Home to assist families. The document includes information for different age groups about resources to support:

  • Reading and Writing
  • Mathematics
  • Gross and Fine Motor Skills and Sensory Skills
  • Life and Personal Care Skills
  • Social Skills
  • Communication Skills
  • Self-Regulation
  • Blind and Low Vision Resources
  • Deaf and Hard of Hearing Resources
  • Assistive Technology

Individual Education Plans (IEPs)

Teachers will be reviewing IEPs for students in their class to ensure any accommodations, modifications, or alternative curriculum expectations are taken into consideration when planning for learning at home. Parents of students with IEPs may want to consider collaborating with their child’s teacher to reinforce accommodations and/or IEP goals in the home learning environment. We know this may not always be possible, but a discussion with your child’s teacher may help to identify solutions. 

Accessing learning supports and professional services staff

Given the current exceptional circumstances, we are not able to provide direct support to students at home. Educational Assistants are helping teachers to support student learning needs. Professional staff - including Psychologists, Social Workers, Speech Language Pathologists, and Board Certified Behaviour Analysts - have been reaching out to the students with whom they work. We are exploring new options to provide professional services support using a secure virtual platform that ensures privacy and confidentiality.

If you require services or supports, please speak with your child’s teacher/principal.

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