Special Education Advisory Committee member nominations open

WRDSB is currently seeking membership nominations for the Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) from local organizations and associations that have a vested interest in exceptional children and adults. The membership term is from December 1, 2018 until November 30, 2022. Nomination submissions are due on October 31, 2018. Please visit our nomination page for more […]

Hillcrest PS welcomes educators from India

On May 17, Hillcrest Public School welcomed three educators from India to learn about the Empower™ Reading Program. Hillcrest runs this reading program as part of the Special Education programming. WRDSB works in partnership with Sick Kids to bring this high quality reading intervention program to our community. Recently, these educators from India began teaching the Empower program […]

New Educational Definition of Learning Disabilities

On January 2, 2015, a new educational definition of learning disabilities came into effect, as outlined in Policy/Program Memorandum No. 8 (PPM8). PPM8 describes the requirements that all Ontario school boards will use to identify and provide educational programming for students with learning disabilities.  PPM8 includes the ministry’s definition of a learning disability. View the […]

Frequently Asked Questions About the Identification of Students with Learning Disabilities

What is the difference between identification and diagnosis of a learning disability? PPM 8 describes the new criteria school boards will use in order to identify a student as being exceptional in the area of learning disability. Identification as an exceptional student in the area of learning disability occurs through the Identification, Placement, and Review […]

Special Education Plan

This document provides an informative and forward-looking overview of special education in the Waterloo Region District School Board. This document will: assist families that have children with special needs; serve as a reference guide for school and central board staff; inform the Ministry of Education regarding the board’s activities in special education; and help the […]

Special Education

The Waterloo Region District School Board’s special education program is founded on the philosophy that every student is entitled to an education in the most beneficial learning environment available. Programs range from those that provide support for students in regular classrooms to those offered in congregated classes. More than 14,000 students receive some form of […]