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The Special Education Department welcomes and supports all students with a variety of exceptionalities. We believe that all students can succeed given their unique strengths and differences. Keeping the student at the centre, we are committed to ensuring that students with special education needs will learn in a supportive and inclusive environment.

Special Education Resource Teachers

Assumption students are integrated into all aspects of the school environment. Our Special Education Resource Teachers work collaboratively with students, staff and parents in variety of ways:

  • Assisting with program accommodations and/or modifications
  • Developing individual education plans
  • Providing in-class support
  • Supporting students needs by promoting accessibility, honouring diversity and mutual respect

Individual Education Plan

Semester 2 IEPs are being updated. A letter to parents will be mailed home by Friday, March 3, 2017.

Office 365

To enhance the learning environment for students, we are currently using Office 365 to assist our students in developing organizational and inquiry skills. Parents/guardians are encouraged to explore Office365 with their child.

Workshops, Conferences and Events

AUTISM ONTARIO EDUCATIONAL ADVOCACY SYMPOSIUM June 10 at Wilfred Laurier Unversity https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/educational-advocacy-symposium-registration-34441389122

CAMP UNITY Halton is a supportive and engaging learning environment that nurtures success for children/youth aged 6-18 with or at risk of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD)
COST: $225 per week • Camp spots are limited this year due to funding
Register by Friday April 28th, 2017:
Camp Unity Halton ROCK Reach Out Centre for Kids, 471 Pearl St. Burlington ON
For more Information contact: sueb@rockonline.ca

SPECIAL FRIENDS DAY supported by Halton Regional Police Service. A FREE fun-filled day for physically and developmentally challenged individuals of all ages. Sunday, June 11, 2017 10:00 a.m to 2:00 p.m. Regional Building 1151 Bronte Road, Oakville. To register, visit www.haltonpolice.ca For more information contact Karen Bettesworth at 905 825-4718

Training for people with a developmental disability who would like to learn skills in First Aid.
(Support Workers are welcome to attend for support)
First Aid Training can help you
• At work
• In the community
• At home
• At your day program
• Help someone or yourself when injured
• Know what say when speaking to Emergency Responders

For More Information and Registration contact Candice Keem Phone: 905 336 2225 Ext. 317 E-mail: passportcommunitydeveloper@clburlington.ca

ALL ABOUT SOCCER Burlington Youth Soccer has partnered with Community Living Burlington and Passport Funding to develop ‘All About Soccer,’ an inclusive program that will allow participants to learn how to play, how to coach, how to referee. Thursday nights June 15-July 27 $30 per person.

To register call 905 333-0777 or email burlingtonsoccer.com

CHALLENGER BASEBALL is a program that provides an opportunity for children with cognitive or physical disabilities to enjoy the full benefits of participation in baseball. Baseball games are played in a fun, safe environment where no score is kept. “Buddies” are assigned (one on one, where possible) to each participant. For more information, follow this link: BOMBA

External Links

Learning Disabilities Association of Halton

Autism Ontario

Association for Bright Children

Ministry of Children and Youth Mental Health Services

Region of Halton Community Services

Halton Down Syndrome Association Association https://www.haltondownsyndrome.com/

Community Living Ontario http://communitylivingontario.ca/

Enrichment Opportunities & Competitions


Students: Receive Remind notifications. See Ms. Berlasso to sign up!


Engaging Youth in Canada’s Future. ENCOUNTERS WITH CANADA is a unique opportunity for Canadian teens to meet other young people from across the country. Spend an adventure-filled week in your nation’s capital! Check out future career options, discover your country, share your hopes and dreams. For 35 years, EWC has delivered a rich and varied, bilingual program. To date, more than 106,000 youth have lived the EWC experience… now it’s your turn! FREE transportation to Ottawa.

For more information: https://www.ewc-rdc.ca/pub/

ONTARIO SCIENCE CENTRE SCIENCE SCHOOL: Spend a once-in-a-lifetime semester at the Ontario Science Centre Science School! The Ontario Science Centre Science School offers students a chance to earn their Grade 12 science and math credits and prepare for university in a unique setting. Though they need to be academically strong, students don’t need to have the very highest grades to attend this program. They do, however, need a love of science, a desire to learn, and a real interest in interacting with people. More information at http://www.ontariosciencecentre.ca/oscschool/

MATH and COMPUTING CONTESTS https://cemc.math.uwaterloo.ca/contests/contests.html

CANADA 150 What is Canada’s greatest challenge or opportunity facing your generation? Here’s your chance to shape Canada’s future! http://experiencescanada.ca/150/register/

HERE’S MY CANADA Video Contest http://www.heresmycanada.ca/


Transitioning to College or University

To ease the transition to post-secondary, students use myBlueprint to plan for post-secondary and beyond by creating a personal inventory of their skills and talents throughout their secondary school years. Please see your Resource Teacher and/or Guidance Counsellor for additional information.

Colleges and Universities fall under the Human Rights Act. Each institution will have its own policies and procedures regarding required documentation. Given that each student’s needs are unique, services and accommodations are established on an individual basis and based on the documentation of the student’s disability. It is therefore the responsibility of the student to investigate what documentation is required to support their learning needs. For further information, please visit Transition Resource Guide at http://www.transitionresourceguide.ca/

MCMASTER UNIVERSITY Student Accessibility Services

McMaster is offering a program to students to support transition to University. The program is in two parts:

Shifting Gears: summer workshops that include: a mock lecture to learn note-taking skills, academic accommodations process, use of the library and essential skills necessary to be successful at university.

Student Ally: A mentoring program where the allies (mentors) help with navigating the campus, skills development and social events to encourage students to meet each other.

For more information: https://sas.mcmaster.ca/


Thursday, August 24, 2017.

Workshops will focus on self-advocacy, educational technology, Mohawk’s learning management system and more! https://www.mohawkcollege.ca/student-life/academics/accessible-learning/project-connect


Career Pathways is a one year program that provides a supportive and empowering post secondary pathway for students who may not have otherwise considered higher education for a variety of reasons.

These reasons may include but are not limited to challenges with a traditional learning environment, alternate learning styles, or learning disabilities.

The Career Pathways program focuses on preparing graduates for both career and educational opportunities by developing personal, social, academic and career-related strengths and skills.

Visit our program page.

For further information, please contact Elisabeth Sykes at 905-575-1212 ext. 3207 or send her an email.