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Special Education
Special Education

​"We recognize all learners as our learners and work together to ensure the discovery of potential each and every day."


All students in our schools, regardless of background or ability, will have the opportunity to develop the skills, attitudes and knowledge required to live up to their full potential. Our classrooms and staff will assist them in growing into capable, caring, responsible and active citizens. We are committed to providing the most appropriate educational opportunities for all students. For students with special needs we are committed to:
  • providing programs and services wherever possible in home schools;
  • providing a range of placement options;
  • providing a focus on inclusive practices in our schools as an integral part of school culture;
  • believing all students can learn;
  • developing Individual Education Plans (IEPs) which focus on improved student learning;
  • providing appropriate accommodations and modifications as required;
  • developing learning communities that promote respect for differences, diversity and inclusivity;
  • recognizing, valuing and validating all children;
  • inviting and supporting students to be active participants in all aspects of school activity; and
  • creating environments for all staff, students, parents and other partners to focus on shared understandings of common goals.​
To support students our Student Services Department provides:
  • extensive resource staff to support the development of quality programs and provision of services for exceptional pupils;
  • support for transitions (i.e. preschool, elementary, secondary, post secondary, work, community, class-class, activity-activity);
  • ongoing professional development for staff in current teaching strategies and methodologies
  • collaborative planning between special education resource and regular staff;
  • establishing and sustaining community partnerships; and
  • ongoing evaluation of special education services.
Our work in Student Services is informed by the needs of the students and families we serve. As a school board, our priorities are set out in the Board of Trustees' Multi-Year Strategic Plan (MYSP).  The MYSP is a reflection of emergent priorities identified by our educational communities. Over the next four years, the Board and the work within Student Services will focus on the priorities of well-being and mental health, equity and inclusivity, collaborative relationships and ethical leadership.

Foster Well-Being an​d Mental Health

We create safe, healthy and inclusive learning and working environments.

Champio​n Equity a​nd Inclusivity

We develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes to remove barriers in support of all learners.

Build Colla​borative Relationships

We built trusting relationships based on respectful and responsive communication.

Empower Eth​ical Leadership

We lead ethically by focusing on students and upholding our values.​

To achieve the priorities identified in the MYSP, the Director's Action Plan sets out six goals that align with the strategic plan and our Board's Mission, Vision and Values

The Director's Action Plan goals focus on raising the achievement of students who are underserved and underperforming. This is in line with concepts in the Ministry of Education's Learning for All, which outlines that "assistance targeted at a specific group can help everyone." When we focus on raising the achievement and well-being of students who are underserved and underperforming, all students benefit. As a Student Services Department, we will ensure that our work aligns with the priorities set out in the MYSP while we continue to uphold our values by recognizing all learners as our learners and working together to ensure the discovery of potential each and every day.

For more information, please refer to these YRDSB Guides for Parents and Board Policy and Procedures:

Or visit the Ontario Ministry of Education website for Special Education​​​​​​​​​​​​. 

You can also speak with your school's principal for more information. 

Note: Some of the above documents are translated into 12 other languages. Please visit the Translations page to check the availability of translated parent guides. 

For more information about who to contact to discuss your questions or concerns about Special Education programs and services, please visit the Contact Us​ page. 

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