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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.

FOLLOW our LIFE SKILLS students on Twitter! @AssumptionRm103 and @MrsContino

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 as required. A letter asking for your input has been mailed home. Please complete, sign and return to your child’s SERT.


If we did not receive an Option to Waive the IPRC from you Semester 1, another has been mailed home to you. Kindly complete and return to your child’s SERT.

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.

Autism Job Club

Important Dates

May 13  Work Ready Program  (Closed group)
June 10  Author Graeme Simsion at Art Gallery of Burlington
November 2   2019 Frame of Mind Conference (more here)


Are you looking for employment?  
If you are a youth age 15 – 29 years old, currently unemployed, looking for a job or career and not attending or returning to full-time school or training you can qualify for this program.

If you are interested in attending this program, please call 905-825-6000 ext. 2777 or email YJC@halton.ca to register for an orientation session.

Orientation sessions:
May 7, 9 and 14: 1 – 3:30pm

The next YJC Program will run from
Monday, May 27 to Friday, June 7 from 9am – 4pm

Calling all young, independent spectrum adults who want to be part of a fantastic NEW social group! Do you have a hard time making friends? No one to do anything cool with? We are looking for a group of people to set up our own social group! We will meet once a month to do something cool. Each family involved will commit to planning an event which can include movies, hiking, pottery, painting, wings and beer nights, picnics, trips to conservation areas and anything else you can think of!

Join NEW Grassroots Social Group

WHO: Interested individuals on the spectrum and their families ages 17 to 117
COST: No cost to join, individuals are responsible for the cost of each event. Best efforts will be made to keep everything cheap and cheerful.
TIMING: Likely weekend afternoons or weekday evenings to accommodate school and jobs
LOCATIONS: Burlington/Oakville areas

Sue and her 22-year-old son with Asperger’s, are spearheading this Social Group and are looking for others to join in on the planning and implementation of the Group. For more information, or to sign up, email Sue at HaltonSocialClub@yahoo.com.


NB – To be considered for these inclusive, RWA-supported job opportunities, you must be identified with autism spectrum disorder and/or intellectual disability.

To apply, please send your resume, cover letter and any accommodations you may require tojoin@autismjobclub.ca.

Questions? Call Maralyn at 905.332.1494

Specifically created for students in grades 6 through 12, this is the newest program offering in Halton and we are pleased to announce that space is now open and sessions begin this month! This new program enables students to begin preparing and adapting to the choices and challenges of high school – building self-awareness, how to express ideas and follow directions, and become a self-advocate in the learning process.The program includes an overview of the basics of learning and learning disabilities, an exploration of study skills and tips for success.Offered in two formats, depending on the age of the participant:Group Session (for students grades 6, 7, 8) –  Saturday mornings, 1 hour per week for 4 weeksORIndividual Sessions (for high school students grades 9 to 12) – weekday evenings, one hour per week for 3 weeks Thanks to support from the Burlington Foundation Community Fund we are able to offer this program at NO CHARGE info@ldahh.ca

Workshops, Conferences and Events


Webinar: How ADHD Affects Motivation – Dr. Thomas Brown
When: May 14, 2019
Time: 4:30pm PST, 7:30pm EST

Cost: $10, Free for members
Webinar will be recorded
Children and adults who have ADHD usually have a few activities for which they can focus and sustain effort quite well. Yet they have much difficulty in focusing and sustaining effort for most other activities, even activities they recognize as important. This webinar will describe why those with ADHD can focus well for those few tasks that really interest them, but struggle to mobilize similar focus and effort for most other tasks. Dr. Brown will also discuss how and why medications may improve such difficulties

SPECIAL FRIENDS DAY hosted by the Halton Police Service

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Time:10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.rain or shine

Location: HRPS Headquarters,2485 North Service Rd. W., Oakville

A free fun-filled day for physically and developmentally challenged individuals of all ages. Bring a hat and some sunscreen, and we’ll provide you with lunch, games, entertainment, music, a parade, arts & crafts, special treats, souvenir photos, face-painting and lots of other fun!

Our volunteers will be there to help make the day special!

Made possible through the generosity of the Halton Regional Police Services Board , Community Sponsors…and the participation of our emergency service partners.

Join us for the 25thannualSpecial Friends Day supported by the Halton Regional Police Service and the Halton Regional Police Services Board To register, visit us at www.haltonpolice.ca

For more information, please 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

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

Community Living Ontario

Autism Job Club

Enrichment Opportunities & Competitions

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

  • High potential students spend July living at a university while engaging in hands-on learning in STEAM & Entrepreneurship
  • SHAD looks for grade 10, 11 or 12 students who are: involved in their communities, creative & keen learners
  • A range of bursaries are available, ensuring the program is accessible to students with demonstrated financial need. Last year, we awarded over one million dollars in bursaries and scholarships. The cost of the program should not be the reason a student does not apply!


Youth Ambassadors Program with Canada

The Youth Ambassadors Program with Canada is a three-week exchange designed for Canadians to visit the United States of America. Conducted in the English language, the program brings together students, ages 15 to 18, and adult mentors from across Canada to promote mutual understanding, increase leadership skills, and position youth to make a difference in their communities. Program themes include: civic education, community service, youth leadership, and social inclusion.


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

Regular invitations to compete will be announced through the Math department or Ms Berlasso

Transitioning to College & 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/

YORK UNIVERSITY Student Accessibility Services

Head Start – Head Start is an opportunity for students to connect with us early and to get support with filling out the online registration form and submitting documentation to us in person.  During this event students will be booked into a Registration appointment over the summer, so they can meet with us over the summer to set up accommodations before the term starts.  We will also have staff on hand to answer questions.  Parents or other supportive people are welcome to attend.  DATE/TIME: Tuesday, June 25th from 4-7pm.

Student Accessibility Services Open House – Our open house provides another opportunity for newly registered students to come onto campus prior to beginning their studies.  We will discuss supports and services that can help to make the transition to York a success.  Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions of Accessibility Counsellors and to meet other new students.  Upper year students registered with Student Accessibility Services will also be present to answer questions.  All students who registered with Student Accessibility Services during the summer term are invited to attend.  DATE/TIME: Sunday, August 25th from 1-4pm.

Project ADVANCE – Project ADVANCE (PA) is our free summer transition program that is designed to prepare incoming York students with documented disabilities for success in their post-secondary studies.  Participants will have the opportunity to: learn about assistive technologies, become familiar with York’s Keele campus and the supports that are available here, examine individual areas of academic strength and weakness as they relate to the challenges of university studies and develop self-advocacy skills.  DATE/TIME: Monday, August 26th to Friday, August 30th from 10-3:30 daily.

One of the keys to success is connecting early.  Please encourage any of your students attending post-secondary next year to connect with their institutions accessibility services early as this can ease a lot of anxiety and can help us support students in a timely way prior to the commence of their studies.  For more information about registering with Student Accessibility Services at York University, please visit https://accessibility.students.yorku.ca/new-students

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/


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.