Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC)
All students require support from teachers, classmates, family, and friends in order to benefit fully from their school experience. Some students have special needs that require additional supports beyond those ordinarily received in the regular classroom setting. Ottawa Catholic School Board students who have behavioural, communication, intellectual, physical, or multiple exceptionalities may require special education services or special education programs to enable them to attend school and to benefit fully from their school experience. Such students may be formally identified as exceptional pupils. Our Board’s Special Education and Advisory Committee (SEAC) makes recommendations to the Board in respect of any matter affecting the establishment, development and delivery of special education programs and services for exceptional pupils.
SEAC membership nomination process
Local associations that work to further the interests and well-being of exceptional children or adults are encouraged to nominate a representative to serve as a volunteer representative on the SEAC. The term is four years, the same as that of elected Trustees (i.e. municipal election process held every four years). With a municipal election in October 2018, members will be nominated for the 2018-2022 term. The SEAC membership nominees are appointed by the newly elected Trustees at one of their first official meetings, following elections. Members of the OCSB SEAC are:
- at least 18 years of age
- a Canadian citizen
- live within the boundaries of the OCSB and not an employee of the OCSB
- be a Catholic School Board ratepayer
- be a member in good standing of the association
A letter of application or nomination from the association should be sent to the Director of Education, Ottawa Catholic School Board, 570 West Hunt Club Rd., Ottawa, ON K2G 3R4; Fax: 613-224-4158, or by email to: Director@ocsb.ca.
SEAC association representatives for 2014-2018
Our SEAC Committee is made up of community members, representation from local associations, parents, and trustees. Please view the Meeting Minutes for a full and current list of SEAC Committee members.
- SEAC Committee Chair: Helen McRobbie, VIEWS for the Visually Impaired
- Vice-Chair: Kim Peterson, Community Member at Large
- Helene Lapointe-Jerome, Ontario Association for Families of Children with Communication Disorders
- Heather Rose, Learning Disabilities Association of Ontario (LDAO)
- Charlene White – Down Syndrome Association National Capital Region (DSA-NCR)
- Natasha Ell Saunders – Alternate Rep for Autism Ontario, Ottawa Chapter
- John Johnson – Brain Injury Association (Ottawa Valley)
- Cathy Miedema – ABC Association for Bright Children of Ontario
- Mira Yasiri (alternate) – ABC Association for Bright Children
- Scott Campbell (alternate) – VIEWS for the Visually Impaired
- Susan Muleme Kasumba – Community Member at Large
- Traci Clarke – Community Member at Large
SEAC agenda and meeting minutes
SEAC meetings are generally held the third Wednesday of each month at 7:00 pm in the Boardroom of the Catholic Education Centre, 570 West Hunt Club Road. From time to time, it may be necessary to change the regular meeting date due to other Board or department conflicts. Please be sure to check the dates below or call the Special Education Department at 613-224-4455 Ext 2351 to confirm the date. Links to the meeting agendas and minutes will be posted here as the documents become available.
SEAC meeting agendas and minutes 2018-2019
|Date of Meeting||Agendas||Meeting Minutes|
|Wednesday, June 20, 2019|
|Wednesday, May 15, 2019|
|Tuesday, April 16, 2019|
|Wednesday, March 20, 2019|
|Wednesday, February 20, 2019|
|Wednesday, January 16, 2019|
|Wednesday, December 19, 2018|
|Wednesday, November 21, 2018|
|Thursday, October 25, 2018||View agenda|
|Wednesday, September 19, 2018||View agenda|
2017-2018 SEAC archives (agendas and minutes)
|Date of Meeting||Agendas||Meeting Minutes|
|June 20, 2018||View agenda|
|May 16, 2018||View agenda||View minutes|
|April 26, 2018||View agenda||See June 20 minutes
|March 21, 2018||View agenda||View minutes|
|February 21, 2018||View agenda||View minutes|
|January 17, 2018||View agenda||View minutes|
|December 14, 2017||View agenda||View minutes|
|November 15, 2017||View agenda||View minutes|
|October 18, 2017||View agenda||View minutes|
|September 20, 2017||View agenda||View minutes|
Other useful resources
Find out more about our Identification, Placement and Review Committees (IPRC), the identification of exceptional students, special education programs, and provincial & demonstration programs.
Explore some more resources created by OCSB staff and members of our SEAC Committee for parents of students with special needs.
- PDF Presentation: Special Education at the OCSB
- View the video presentation on YouTube
- IEP Fact Sheet for Parents
- Q&A for a Parent’s Guide to Special Education
- OCSB Autism Team: Where we are and where we are going (November 2017) *additional information and slides available in the October 2017 SEAC minutes
We have put together a list of websites below to help inform you about special education. Use these guides and resources to learn more about your child’s needs and how best to help them get the education they deserve.
Special Education Report
The Special Education Report covers all programs and services offered by the Ottawa Catholic School Board. The contents of the Special Education Report complies with the appropriate Ministry of Education’s standards, Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the Ontario Human Rights Code, the Education Act, and all other relevant regulations.
Special education links
|Ontario Ministry of Education website - Special Education|
|Caring and Safe Schools in Ontario|
|The Individual Education Plan (IEP) - A Resource Guide
This guide is intended to help teachers and others working with students with special needs to develop, implement, and monitor high-quality IEPs. A five-step process is recommended.
|Planning Entry to School - A Resource Guide
This resource guide represents an effort to identify and build on existing effective practices and to translate evidence-based research into practical ideas and processes.
|Shared Solutions: A Guide to Preventing and Resolving Conflicts Regarding Programs and Services for Students with Special Education Needs
This resource guide is intended to help parents,educators,and students with special education needs work together to prevent conflicts, resolve them quickly, and allow students to develop their full potential and succeed in school.
|The Association for Bright Children of Ontario, Ottawa Chapter
ABC seeks to increase the understanding of bright children at home, at school and in the community, and encourages the development of appropriate educational programs.
|Autism Ontario, Ottawa Chapter|
The Registry for People with Autism is an Ottawa Police Service 2010 pilot project in partnership with the Ottawa Chapter of Autism Ontario. The online registry promotes communication and gives police quick access to critical information about a registered person with autism. The Registry can provide police with emergency contact information, detailed physical descriptions, known routines, favourite attractions or special needs of the individual with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). This information can assist officers in communicating with, attending a residence of or dealing with an emergency involving an individual with ASD.
|Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO)
CHEO is a pediatric health and research center providing outstanding family-centered patient care, pioneering breakthrough research, and training the health care professionals of tomorrow.
|Children's Mental Health Ontario
Children's Mental Health Ontario (CMHO) represents and supports the providers of child and youth mental health treatment services throughout Ontario.
|Canadian National Institute for the Blind
CNIB is a registered charity, passionately providing community-based support, knowledge and a national voice to ensure Canadians who are blind or partially sighted have the confidence, skills and opportunities to fully participate in life.
|Down Syndrome Association National Capital Region|
A source for local mental health help and events in Ottawa-Carleton.
|Engaging Parents of Students with Special Needs|
|Learning Disabilities Association of Ottawa-Carleton (LDAO-C)
The Learning Disabilities Association of Ottawa-Carleton is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting increased awareness and respect for persons with learning disabilities.
A Canadian charitable organization that supports a good life for people with intellectual disabilities.
|Ontario Association for Families of Children with Communication Disorders (OAFCCD)|
|Ontario Brain Injury Association
Support for those in our community who are living with the effects of acquired brain injury (ABI), along with their families, friends and caregivers, through advocacy, education, and services.
|Ottawa Children’s Coordinated Access & Referral to Services
A case resolution mechanism designed to provide recommendations and referrals for families, children and youth who have complex needs and are experiencing difficulties gaining access to support and services in the community.
|Ottawa Children's Treatment Centre|