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Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) “Because in each one is seen the face of God” Jean Vanier The Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) is, according to the Education Act and Regulation 464/97, a provincially mandated Board committee whose membership consists of, for the most part, parent/guardian representatives from a maximum of 12 local associations or organizations affiliated with exceptional children or adults, as well as alternate members, three positions for School Board Trustees and a minimum of one community representative. At the Ottawa Catholic School Board, SEAC invites membership from: • • • • • • • • • • • • • •

Association for Bright Children Autism Society Ottawa Chapter Down Syndrome Association, National Capital Region Easter Seal Society Epilepsy (Ontario) Ottawa-Carleton Brain Injury Association, Ottawa Valley Integration Action Group, Ottawa Chapter Learning Disabilities Association of Ottawa-Carleton VIEWS for the Visually Impaired c/o CNIB Ottawa-Carleton Association for Persons with Developmental Disabilities Ontario Association for Families of Children with Communication Disorders Voice for Hearing Impaired Children FASD – Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Group of Ottawa Four community representatives

613-860-1398 613-230-6305 613-737-0658 613-226-3051 613-594-9255 613-233-8303 613-724-6225 613-567-5864 613-563-4021 613-569-8993 519-290-1769 866-779-5144 613-446-4144

Nomination Process Names of members and their alternates are submitted for nomination every four years to the Board of Trustees for approval and appointment. Each member has a vote. There is a Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson voted yearly from the membership. Roles and Responsibilities Members and alternates represent the views of their respective associations; however, SEAC as a whole is responsible for issues involving all children with exceptional needs. Meetings of SEAC take place at the Catholic Education Centre, on the third Wednesday of the month, from September to June of the school year. Meetings commence at 7:00 p.m. If a member is unable to attend, his/her attending alternate will be given voting privileges. The Board makes facilities available to SEAC personnel to allow the Committee to function properly.

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The roles and responsibilities of SEAC are as follows: • •

Advising the Board of Trustees with respect to any matter affecting the establishment, development, and delivery of special education programs and services for exceptional students within the board Participating in the Board’s annual review of its Special Education Report

SEAC members fulfill their responsibilities in a variety of ways. In addition to monthly meetings at which SEAC members are informed of Ministry, Board and Special Education and Student Services Department initiatives, the Chairperson of SEAC and other members may participate on a number of Board committees. Such active involvement allows SEAC members to ensure that the needs of exceptional students are taken into account at various levels. Other examples of SEAC involvement include: • • • •

Acting as parent/guardian advocates throughout the year at case conferences, as invited Attending IEP planning sessions and IPRCs, as invited Participating in Ministry of Education consultation sessions Attending Ministry of Education SEAC Conference, as invited

SEAC members often participate in professional development offered by Board personnel and are kept informed of such activities on a monthly basis. SEAC members also respond to invitations from the Ministry to attend consultation meetings and embrace each opportunity to do so. Board Consultation SEAC may provide consultation to the Board of Trustees with respect to any matter affecting the establishment, development and delivery of special education programs and services for exceptional students of the Board. To connect to the School Board’s SEAC page: Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC)

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S.E.A.C. (2017-2018)

Associations/Community Rep.

Board of Trustees

Members

Alternates

Trustee Sandra Moore

Trustee Mark Mullan

[email protected]

[email protected]

Trustee Spencer Warren Board of Trustees

[email protected]

Autism Ontario-Ottawa Chapter

Mick Kitor

Natasha Ell Saunders

[email protected]

[email protected]

John Johnson

Brain Injury Association - Ottawa Valley

[email protected]

Down Syndrome Association National Capital Region (DSA-NCR)

Joanne Mayne

Charlene White

[email protected]

[email protected]

Vacant

FASD ( Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Group of Ottawa) Ontario Association for Families of Children with Communication Disorders (OAFCCD)

Hélène Lapointe-Jérome [email protected] Vacant

VOICE for Hearing Impaired Children VIEWS for Visually Impaired

ABC – Assoc. for Bright Children of Ontario

Helen McRobbie

Scott Campbell

[email protected]

[email protected]

Cathy Miedema

Mira Yasiri

[email protected]

[email protected]

Susan Muleme Kasumba Community Member at Large

[email protected]

SEAC Contact Information

[email protected]

OCSB Staff Members:

Superintendent, Manon Seguin Principal, Lynne Coletti Special Ed Coordinator, Pamela McCulloch Executive Assistant, Betty Poaps

613-224-4455, x2351 613-224-4455, x2102 613-224-4455, x2100 613-224-4455, x2351

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