ConnectABILITY

Off to School

Going to school is a great journey with many successes and challenges for your child, family and your child’s educators. The school experience prepares your child for their growth into adulthood. These resources will help prepare your child for each stage in their education.

Starting School

Starting School Workshop

Starting school is always a stressful time for children and families. The “Starting School” workshop will give you ideas on how to prepare for this transition and ease the stress of entering Kindergarten or starting in a new school.

School Bus Safety workshop

An audio visual workshop teaching parents and children how to travel on the bus safely.

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Playtime

This is an interactive story that you can use with your child to help them set expectations of what school will be like.
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High School and Beyond

Transition Practices: Transitioning Out of High School

Ministry of education mandated items

Mary Ierullo, ASD Consultant, School Support Program, Surrey Place Centre

Transition Planning for exit out of high school

Michelle Murphy, Autism Support Teacher, Autism Programs & Services Department, TCDSB

DSO eligibility

Melanie Randall, Community Liaison Service Navigator, Development Services Ontario

Autism in High School

This online resource guide was created to help students with autism and their families navigate the transitions and challenges of high school. This is a joint initiative between Extend-A-Family, Waterloo Region Family Network, members of the former Autism Services Waterloo Region, the Waterloo Region District School Board, the Waterloo Catholic District School Board, and the University of Waterloo. http://autisminhighschool.ca/

Person Directed Planning

With the shift from institutions to individuals, it is important to consider how to get people involved in planning for their futures and expressing what they want.

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Planning for Life After School

This is a series of workshops and tipsheets designed to help plan for life after school. It is important to go through all of the workshops in order as each one prepares us for the next one.

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The Benefits of Inclusion in the Classroom

Stuff to help you along the way

Understanding the Education System in the Province of Ontario

Parent’s Education Handbook

A parent handbook to help with understanding special education in Toronto and to ensure the acceptance and belonging of children with additional learning support needs. Handbook

Identification Placement Review Committee (IPRC) Workshop

In this workshop we will take a look at the Identification Placement Review Committee the purpose of which is to discuss the exceptionality (the type of disability) and the educational placement of a student within the education system in Ontario.

Individual Education Plan (IEP) Workshop

In this workshop we will explore the Individual Education Plan, which is a written plan of learning goals and expectations for any student in the education system in Ontario who requires modifications or accommodations to the regular school program.

A Communication Journal for Home and Classroom

For parents, teachers and caregivers, pick-up and drop-off times at the child care centre or school can be a hectic part of the day. Read more

Sharing Information with Professionals Involved with Your Child

Professionals may become involved with your child for a number of reasons. Read more

Getting The Most Out of Team Meetings

Over time, as a parent, you may come across a wide range of professionals involved with your child. Read more

Community Living Ontario: Education Advocacy

An inclusion resource library. Link

Special Education Tribunal Hearings. Link

Toronto agencies offering free interpretation services

A list of community organizations in Toronto that offer interpretation services. Read more

Spinclusion

A game celebrating differences and including everyone

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