Special Education

In Trillium Lakelands District School Board (TLDSB) we recognize that every student is unique and that each student must have opportunities to achieve personal success according to interests, abilities, and goals. Our priority is to provide the best possible learning opportunities and support for all students. We are committed to ensuring that high-quality programs and services are in place for all students with special education needs.

For more information about the Special Education Program in Ontario, please visit the Ministry of Education website or contact the TLDSB Department of Specialized Services at 1-888-526-5552.

Special Education Plan

The purpose of the Special Education Plan is to inform the Ministry of Education and the public about special education programs and services that are provided by TLDSB.

TLDSB has developed and will maintain this plan in accordance with the requirements for special education programs and services set out in Regulation 306 under the Education Act and the Special Education in Ontario: Kindergarten to Grade 12 – Policy and Resource Document (2017). This plan is reviewed annually and amended from time to time to meet the current needs of our students with special education needs. Any amendments are submitted to the Ministry of Education for review. Download the TLDSB Special Education Plan here. Additionally, arrangements can be made to access this plan through any school office and/or Education Centres. For further information regarding the provision of special education programs and services, contact the office of the Superintendent of Learning with responsibilities for Specialized Services.

TLDSB Parent Guide to Special Education

The purpose of the TLDSB Parent Guide to Special Education is to provide parents/guardians/caregivers with information about special education services within TLDSB and the Identification, Placement and Review Committee (IPRC). The guide also sets out the procedures involved in identifying student exceptionalities to help determine their placement and supports, or appealing such decisions. Download the TLDSB Parent Guide to Special Education here. Additionally, you may also request a printed copy from your school office or from the office of the Superintendent of Specialized Services at 1-888-526-5552.

Individual Education Plan

IEP Video #1: Introduction to IEP

IEP Video #2: The importance of parents being involved in the IEP process

IEP Video #3: What to do if you have questions about your child’s IEP

If you require any of the above videos in an accessible format, contact Communications Services at [email protected].

Other resources

Parent/guardian resources for your child with special needs

Community supports

There are many provincial and community resources available to help to provide information and guidance to support all student needs:

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD): TLDSB staff are involved in an FASD: A Community Conversation Roundtable in the City of Kawartha Lakes to discuss FASD supports based on the 2015 Provincial Roundtable Report. The link below provides more information on recommendations in the report on the development of a Provincial FASD Strategy. For support and resources visit the FASD Ontario Network of Expertise website

Tourette Syndrome: For more information about Tourette Syndrome and available community supports, please visit Tourette Canada website.

Mental Health and Wellness: The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) offers a number of support brochures on topics such as attention deficit disorder (ADD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), anxiety disorder, depression, bipolar disorder, eating disorders, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), et cetera. Visit the brochure section on the CMHA website for more information.

Brain Injury: The Ontario Brain Injury Association offers resources and supports for families and individuals who have been affected by a brain injury. Visit their website for more information.

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