SEAC Association Connections

Under Ontario's Education Act, every student is entitled to a program which meets their needs.  In Durham, our Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) helps the Board protect the rights of students with special learning needs.  SEAC provides information, advice and assistance to parents/guardians whose children may require additional support.

SEAC advises and makes recommendations to the Board concerning the establishment and development of special education programs and services.

What Happens at a SEAC Meeting?

SEAC meetings are a forum for SEAC members to provide advice and discussion of Board programs and support services for exceptional pupils.

Meetings follow a formal format including:

  • Review of minutes
  • presentations
  • current issues and initiatives in Special Education
  • Committee Reports by members
  • Board Reports:  a) Trustees  b)  Staff
  • Correspondence and Questions

The committee is composed of member representatives from:

Association for Bright Children (ABC)

Association for Bright Children logoThe Association for Bright Children of Ontario Société pour enfants doués et surdoués de l'Ontario is an all volunteer, provincially incorporated registered charity, with many chapters across Ontario It is dedicated to providing information, advocacy and support to parents of bright and gifted children and adolescents through networking, an annual conference and local workshops It offers the parents' voice to local school boards, educators, professional groups and the Ontario Ministry of Education.

Website: https://www.abcontario.ca/

SEAC Representative: Eva Kyriakides

Email: bill.eva.k@rogers.com

Autism Ontario - Durham Chapter

Autism Ontario logoAutism Ontario is dedicated to increasing public awareness about autism and the day to day issues faced by individuals with autism, their families, and the professionals with whom they interact. The association and its chapters share common goals of providing information and education, supporting research, and advocating for
programs and services for the autism community. The Durham Chapter of Autism Ontario has focus on providing social learning opportunities for children, youth and their families.

Website: https://www.autismontario.com/chapters/durham-region

SEAC Representative: sensaRAneb Burrell

Email: Durham@autismontario.com

Durham Down Syndrome Association (DDSA)

Durham Down Syndrome Association logoFounded in 1986, the Durham Down Syndrome Association (DDSA) has acted as a resource for health, education and support, to improve the lives of Durham residents who live with Down syndrome. Our mission is to continue building a supportive, inclusive community by providing social and active events for people with Down syndrome and their families.

Hosts a variety of activities, including yearly events like the summer picnic (virtual this year), pumpkin patch visit and swim party.

Also hosts a support group for parents of children with down syndrome.

Website: www.ddsa.ca

FB Group: https://m.facebook.com/DurhamDownSyndromeAssociation

SEAC Representative: Tara Culley

E-mail: SEAC@ddsa.ca

Easter Seals Ontario

text Easter Seals Ontario Helping Kids with Physical Disabilities Succeed Easter Seals Ontario provides programs and services to children and youth with physical disabilities across Ontario to help them achieve greater independence, accessibility and integration.

Easter Seals Camps and Recreation:  We own and operate 2 fully accessible camps and offer children and youth 10-day summer camp experiences.

Equipment Funding:  We funding for essential mobility and accessibility equipment for up to $3000 per year, per child to help purchase equipment such as wheelchair, walkers, ramps or lifts.

Scholarship Program: We offer a variety scholarship programs for young people with physical disabilities attending post-secondary education.

Special Education and SEAC:  Easter Seals Ontario is one of a small group of external organizations organizations who are invited to have representatives participate on the Special Education Advisory Committees of the various Boards of Education across the province.

Awareness and Public Education: Easter Seals Ontario promotes and create awareness for disability and accessibility issue through family resources; our March is Easter Seals month campaign;  media relations; government relations activities; and through our Annual Easter Seals Telethon.

Incontinence Supplies Grant:  Easter Seals Ontario administers the Incontinence Supplies Grant program on behalf of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care.  Top Up Program - This program "tops up" the annual amount form the Incontinence Supplies Grant program for eligible individuals and families.  These 2 programs are fully funded by the Ministry. 

Website: https://www.easterseals.org/

SEAC Representative: Hanah Nguyen

Email: seac.easterseals@gmail.com

Learning Disabilities Association of Durham Region (LDADR)

text Learning Disabilities Association of Durham RegionThe Learning Disabilities Association Durham Region’s mission is to advocate, support and educate the Durham community about learning disabilities and to enable persons with learning disabilities to reach their full potential.

To achieve this we provide:

  • Monthly Speaker Series
  • Resource Facilitation for all
  • Advocacy Support for members
  • Public Awareness Activities

Website: http://www.ldadr.on.ca/

Follow Us on Twitter: @LDA_Durham

SEAC Representative: Rowin Jarvis

E-mail: info@ldadr.on.ca

Telephone: 905-430-9230

 
Ontario Association for Families of Children with Communication Disorders (OAFCCD)

text Ontario Association for Families of Children with Communication DisordersSpeaking Out For Children

OAFCCD is a volunteer-run organization, established in Tillsonburg, Ontario in 1994. We offer advocacy and support to families as they journey to optimize their children's communication skills. Our vision is that all children will have access to a continuum of speech and language services to support their successful participation at home, in school and in the community.

Web Address: http://oafccd.com/

SEAC Representative: Elizabeth Daniel

Email Us: alison.morse@outlook.com  | Call Us: 519-290-1763

Like Us on Facebook: OAFCCD

Follow Us on Twitter and Instagram: @oafccd

Voice for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children

text Voice for Deaf and Hard of Hearing ChildrenVOICE is an organization that develops and implements programs and services encompassing advocacy, family support, and public education. VOICE has connected hundreds of parents and families of children with hearing loss and has become one of the largest support organizations of its kind.

VOICE offers multiple programs for parents, educators, teens, children, and newly arrived families. We work through programs of advocacy, support and education to connect those with hearing loss and ensure success in their lives.

Website: https://www.voicefordeafkids.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/VOICEfordeafandhardofhearingchildren/

SEAC Representative: Kathy Kedey

E-mail: mskedey@hotmail.com

Telephone: 905-852-1347

Members at Large

SEAC logo"As a member at large, I see my role on SEAC as sharing the knowledge I gain from the other members of SEAC and their organizations with the families I interact with in the community, online and in other settings. I also try to represent the perspectives of those families on various issues raised during SEAC meetings.

For me, it is important to provide the families in my network with information and resources that can help them to effectively communicate with the school and engage with existing processes, such as IEPs and IPRCs, to advocate for their child’s needs..."

 

SEAC Representative: Carolyn McLennon

E-mail: cmclennon@gmail.com

Telephone:  905-427-1059 

"I see my role as a member at large as an advocate that primarily helps community members (parents/guardians/students/other supporting agencies) understand and navigate the procedures involved with accessing special needs support in the DDSB. This advocacy has included: help with the interpretation of special needs 'language' within DDSB documentation, encouraging people to voice their concerns when they do not agree with either a decision made, or the process involved in deciding (rights and protocol) and connecting people to resources/contacts in the 'system' as appropriate.

These interactions should then be reported back to SEAC so that the stories and voices in our community are heard--both positive and negative--serving to improve special needs for all stakeholders."

SEAC Representative: Craig Cameron

E-mail: ccameron@trentu.ca

Telephone:  905-447-2852

DDSB Trustees

DDSB Ignite Learning logoTrustees on SEAC

  • Ensure that the board complies with Ministry legislation, regulations and policies pertinent to special education
  • Ensure that monies provided by the province for special education are spent within that envelope
  • Champion SEAC's submissions to the Board
  • Inform SEAC of issues coming before the Board that may have impact on special education
  • Participate in annual review

Trustee Donna Edwards: 905-426-7045

Trustee Darlene Forbes: 905-213-5426

Special Education Advisory Committee SEAC

SEAC Members as Advocates

  • SEAC members are advocates for students with special needs around the table and within the community
  • SEAC brochure contains contact information for SEAC members giving parents/caregivers access to connect as resource to them
  • SEAC members are resources for schools and the community
  • SEAC members can liaise with School Community Councils
  • SEAC members are committed to building awareness and deepening connections

Durham DSB SEAC Resources:

https://www.ddsb.ca/en/about-ddsb/committees.aspx?_mid_=353#Special-Education-Advisory-Committee-SEAC