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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.

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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 1 IEPs are being developed. You will be receiving an invitation for input the second week of school.

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


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 to join@autismjobclub.ca.

Questions? Call Maralyn at 905.332.1494


Family Day (14+) – November 3rd
Autistic Advocates Panel and Special Guest
Michael McCreary AspieComic


DATE | Saturday, November 3rd, 2018

LOCATION | DeGroote RJC, 4350 S Service Rd, Burlington, ON

TIME | 9:30am – 4pm

DETAILS | http://hirehigher.ca


Workshops, Conferences and Events




ADHD Community Workshop
When: November 25th, 2018 9am to 4pm
Where: Rockway Community Centre 1405 King St E. Kitchener, ON
Cost: $20




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!



The SHAD 2019 program will take place from Sunday, June 30 to Friday, July 26.
Apply by visiting: www.shad.ca/apply The due date for submission is November 19, 2018.
For SHAD 2019, students in grades 10, 11 and 12 are eligible to apply.*
Applicants will be notified of their application status in February 2019.
Read our online FAQ for more info: https://www.shad.ca/faq.htm

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 via Remind.


SHAD VALLEY SHAD is a registered Canadian charity that empowers exceptional high school students – at a pivotal point in their education – to recognize their own capabilities and envision their extraordinary potential as tomorrow’s leaders and change makers. Each year, SHAD provides the opportunity for 900 students from across Canada and internationally to attend a month-long summer program, in-residence at one of our Canadian host universities, focused on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts & math).

More information at: https://www.shad.ca/

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/


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.