What is the Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC)?
The Special Education Advisory Committee is a group of enthusiastic advocates representing associations and organizations that support students with special needs. Our role is to review and make recommendations to the Board about Special Education programs and services for students with exceptional needs.
Creating a positive school community and atmosphere where all students feel they belong, experience success and reach their full potential.
- All students are valued and are contributing members to their school community and individual school experience.
- Strong relationships between school, students, parents/guardians and extended school communities where everyone feels engaged and supported.
- Programming and curriculum delivery uses Universal Design for Learning, Differentiated Instruction and a Holistic Approach to maximize opportunities and meet the needs of all students.
- Students and staff achieve success working in an innovative learning environment.
- Creating a sustainable culture of inclusion, respect, understanding and collaboration.
What We’re Talking About
Here are some of the topics that we have been talking about over the past year (2018/2019):
- Changes to programming like the ACE program
- Accommodations for students with special needs on field trips
- Work and Transition Support program (WATS)
SEAC includes the following associations:
- Association for Bright Children of Ontario
- Autism Ontario • Waterloo Region
- Epilepsy South Central Ontario (Kitchener-Waterloo)
- Easter Seals Ontario
- FASD ONE (Ontario Network of Expertise)
- Ontario Federation for Cerebral Palsy
- Parents for Children’s Mental Health • Waterloo Region • (519) 749-8740 ext. 212
- Tourette Syndrome Foundation of Canada
- Waterloo Regional Down Syndrome Society • (519) 896-4488
- Family and Children’s Services of Waterloo Region • 519-576-0540
- Carizon Family and Community Services
- Waterloo Region Family Network
Trustees on SEAC:
- Trustees Cindy Watson & Natalie Waddell
How I can get involved?
SEAC can have representatives of up to 12 community associations. If your association is not represented, there may be an opportunity to become part of the committee. If your association is already represented, check with that association to find out if there is a vacancy because each group can have a primary and an alternate representative.
If you are interested in becoming a member representing a community association, you must meet these qualifications:
- you must be a Canadian citizen
- at least 18 years of age
- a resident in the area of jurisdiction of the board
- a public school elector
- employees of the district school board are not eligible to be members
You are welcome to attend and observe SEAC meetings. They are usually held on the second Wednesday of each month starting at 7:00 p.m. at the Education Centre, 51 Ardelt Avenue, Kitchener. Please call 519-570-0003, ext. 4235, to confirm meeting dates and times or check on our website.
- Check out special education information on the board’s website.
- SEAC community associations are always happy to support you in any questions that you have about the exceptionalities that we represent.
- Please call 519-570-0003, ext. 4235 if you are interested in attending a meeting or would like to have your association added to SEAC.