Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC)

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About the SEAC

SEAC members are expected to:

  • advise and recommend to the Board of Trustees on special education programs and services relative to:
    • annual review of Special Education Plan
    • special education budget
    • staffing
    • staff training and development
    • program philosophy, design, modification and delivery
    • instructional equipment and materials
    • accommodation and playgrounds
    • transportation - policies and practices
    • community resources
  • respond to the needs of all exceptional pupils within the board
  • be available as a resource for parents of exceptional students
  • acquire and maintain a working knowledge of special education programs and services
  • advise SEAC colleagues of concerns relative to the students, parents and association whom he/she represents

Who Are We?

Autism Ontario Waterloo Chapter: To ensure that each individual with ASD is provided the means to achieve quality of life as a respected member of society.

Cambridge Association for Mentally Handicapped: believes that all people who have a mental handicap should live in a state of dignity.

Catholic Family Counselling Centre: non-denominational, not-for-profit counselling centre which is dedicated to providing to children, adolescents, adults, couples and families, individual and/or group counselling.

CNIB Southwest Region:  is a nationwide, community-based, registered charity committed to public education, research and the vision health of all Canadians.  CNIB provides the services and support necessary to enjoy a good quality of life while living with vision loss.

Community Living Cambridge: works with individuals, families, and groups to advocate for and provide support for, people with developmental challenges to be fully integrated members of the community.

Easter Seals Ontario:  is dedicated to helping children, youth and young adults with physical disabilities achieve their full individual potential and future independence.

Family and Children’s Services of Waterloo Region: to support the children and the families who require the care of Family and Children's Services of Waterloo Region. Along with its statutory responsibility to protect children in danger of physical and emotional harm, the FCS agency, itself a charitable, nonprofit social service organization, provides children with a nurturing environment in which to heal and grow, and provides parents with the help and opportunities they need to create a better life for their families.

Learning Disabilities Association: dedicated to assisting those with learning disabilities and their families in meeting their expressed needs by providing:

  • support, guidance and resource information
  • opportunities for sharing information and common concerns
  • encouraging research and supportive appropriate legislative initiatives.

Ontario Federation for Cerebral Palsy: support group that provides a service of communication and advocacy through parent networking.

Waterloo Regional Down Syndrome Society: support group for parents and professionals. Through monthly meetings with guest speakers we provide network opportunities to share current information on Down Syndrome.
Waterloo Regional Police: committed to a leadership role within the community it serves and forming strong partnerships with the community. SEAC affords us an opportunity to realize our goals and foster positive relationships with a number of other agencies.
FASD Caregivers Empowerment Alliance (Waterloo Region): Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) is an umbrella term describing the range of effects that can occur in an individual whose mother drank alcohol during pregnancy. These effects may include physical, mental, behaviour and learning disabilities.
W-W Voice for Hearing Impaired Children: dedicated to ensuring that all hearing impaired children have the right to develop their ability to listen and speak and have access to services which will enable them to listen and speak. We are a support group for parents and offer workshops for parents and professionals.


2014-2017 SEAC Members

Chair:Jeanne Gravelle, Waterloo Region Family Network

Staff Resources:
Laura Shoemaker, Superintendent: Learning Services
Gerald Foran, Principal

 

SEAC Representative

Organization

Organization Contact Information

Rhonda Ruetz

Easter Seals

519-954-5548

Caitlin Barton

Autism Society Ontario

519-590-3471

Amy Fee, Trustee

Waterloo Catholic District School Board

519-578-3660

Wendy Price, Trustee

Waterloo Catholic District School Board

519-578-3660

Jeanne Gravelle

Waterloo Region Family Network

519-886-9150

Kimberly Murphy

Waterloo Regional Down Syndrome Society

519-896-4488

John Gilbert

Waterloo Regional Police

519-579-9668

Zina Bartolotta

FASD Caregivers Empowerment Alliance (Waterloo Region)

226-808-4558

Irene Holdbrook

CNIB

519-742-3536

Stuart Cross

Family and Children’s Services

519-576-0540

 

Did You Know That...

School boards are legally required to provide appropriate programs and services to all students regardless of their needs. Further to that, the Education Act (Section 82, Subsection 2) requires that each school board "shall establish a Special Education Advisory Committee". In keeping with this legislation, and our own Catholic philosophy of serving all students in a Christ-centered environment, the Waterloo Catholic District School Board has a Special Education Advisory Committee.

 

SEAC is committed to ensuring that each student continuously grows in a holistic sense-spiritually, physically, emotionally and socially. Following this mandate SEAC is responsible for making recommendations to the Board of Trustees in respect of any matter related to the development, review, and provision of education programs and services for students with exceptional needs.

 

The legal definition of an exceptional student is one who’s behavioural, communication, intellectual, and physical abilities are such that he/she needs a modified learning program. Special education services are the support personnel and equipment necessary to implement a special education program.

 

SEAC Committee membership is presently comprised of 12 local associations and community representatives, and two school board trustees, all of whom are appointed by the full Board of Trustees for a three year term. The Supervisory Officer responsible for Special Education serves as administrative resource to the Committee.

SEAC Meeting Schedule

SEAC meets normally on the first Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. Meetings take place in the Board Room at 35 Weber St. W., Unit A, Kitchener and are open to the public. Delegations wishing to address the Committee must register five calendar days prior to the meeting by calling 578-3660 and speaking with the office of the Superintendent of Student Services. Each delegation will be allowed 10 minutes to present.

Upcoming Meeting Agenda

 

Meeting Minutes (Notes)

 

2015-2016 Minutes
September October November December January
February March April May 4, 2016
May 25, 2016
June
2014-2015 Minutes
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February March April May June
2013-2014 Minutes
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February March April May June
2012-2013 Minutes
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February March April May June
2011-2012 Minutes
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2010-2011 Minutes
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2008-2009 Minutes
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2007-2008 Minutes
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2006-2007 Minutes
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Contact Information

Special Education Advisory Committee
Waterloo Catholic District School Board


35 Weber St. West, Unit A
PO Box 91116
Kitchener, ON, Canada
N2G 4G2

Phone: 519.578.3660
Email: info@wcdsb.ca (Please put SEAC in the subject line of your email).

 

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