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Durham District School Board
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Inclusive Student Services
 
The mission of Inclusive Student Services within the Durham District School Board (DDSB) is to provide a range of programs, placements and services for students with special needs in a supportive environment which enables them to develop to their full potential as students and as members of their communities. 

DDSB staff, students, parents and community partners, with the resources available, will collectively strive to ensure that:

  • effective communication and collaboration are fostered to ensure a team approach to meeting students needs;
  • assessment data is used to best meet individual student needs;
  • appropriate resources are provided and supported for students and staff;
  • professional development opportunities are provided and supported for students and staff;
  • structures are in place to continuously review and revise current practice and student achievement. 

 

The Durham District School Board remains committed to special education and to offering parents and students a range of placement options.

All students brought to Identification, Placement and Review Committees (I.P.R.C.s) in Durham are identified using the Ministry Categories of Exceptionalities.

 
These include:
  • behaviour;
  • communication (autism, deaf and hard of hearing, language impairment, speech impairment, learning disability);
  • intellectual (giftedness, mild intellectual disability, developmental disability, intellectual disability);
  • physical (physical disability, blind and low vision); and
  • multiple (multiple exceptionalities).

Students' needs can be met through a variety of programs, placements and class types within the DDSB. We strive to help every student meet his or her full potential, while fostering the highest level of independence possible for each student. We work with parents and board staff to determine the placement that best meets the student's needs, whether that is in a regular classroom, or for some students, in a special education class.

We place a strong emphasis on the inclusion of our students with special needs.

The majority of students with special education needs are placed in a regular classroom. For most students, a classroom teacher, with the support of the school's Special Education Resource Teacher (SERT) and Board staff, is able to provide individualized programming that allows the student to meet with success. A regular classroom is always an option that parents or guardians may consider, regardless of the student's needs. A regular classroom allows the student to be surrounded by peers, while receiving personalized programming that is outlined in the student's Individual Education Plan. The regular class is considered the most inclusive of placements.

Our on-going commitment is to provide the structures and support each student needs to foster their growth & development in programs which foster integration and independence as defined for each student based on their strengths and needs.

Students' needs can be met through a variety of programs, placements and class types within the DDSB. We strive to help every student meet his or her full potential, while fostering the highest level of independence possible for each student. We work with parents and board staff to determine the placement that best meets the student's needs, whether that is in a regular classroom, or for some students, in a special education class.

We place a strong emphasis on the inclusion of our students with special needs.

The majority of students with special education needs are placed in a regular classroom. For most students, a classroom teacher, with the support of the school's Special Education Resource Teacher (SERT) and Board staff, is able to provide individualized programming that allows the student to meet with success. A regular classroom is always an option that parents or guardians may consider, regardless of the student's needs. A regular classroom allows the student to be surrounded by peers, while receiving personalized programming that is outlined in the student's Individual Education Plan. The regular class is considered the most inclusive of placements.

Our on-going commitment is to provide the structures and support each student needs to foster their growth & development in programs which foster integration and independence as defined for each student based on their strengths and needs.

Contact Us:

If you would like more information about special education, please contact your local school or the DDSB's special education department at:

905-666-5500  |  1-800-265-3968  | 905 666-6943 - TTY

 


Contact

Durham District School Board
400 Taunton Road East,
Whitby, ON
L1R 2K6 Canada

Phone: 905-666-5500
Fax: 905-666-6474
Toll Free: 1-800-265-3968
TTY 905-666-6943, 877-868-5575
General.Inquiry@ddsb.ca
© Durham District School Board, 2013