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Special Education Supports     

Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC)   

What is a Special Education Advisory Committee?
The Education Act requires every district school board to establish a SEAC. The committee is appointed by the board and is made up of representatives of local associations, community agencies and trustees.

What is SEAC’s Role?   
SEAC plays an important role in ensuring that exceptional students receive proper educational programs and services.
They advocate that all students have the opportunity to participate and learn in inclusive school environments with
careful consideration given to their unique learning styles and their strengths and needs. SEAC members provide information and advice to parents/guardians, as well as provide direction to community supports and services.
SEAC holds regular monthly meetings from September to June that are open to the public.

SEAC Members    
​Name ​Organization
Donna Armstrong, Trustee​ Simcoe County District School Board​
​Donna DaSilva, Trustee Simcoe County District School Board
​Robert North, Trustee ​Simcoe County District School Board
​Kevin Berry ​Autism Ontario - Simcoe County
Mark Bryan​ ​Down Syndrome Association of Simcoe County
Sheryl Eastop​ ​Catulpa Community Support Services
​Devin Fraser ​Beausoleil First Nation
​Lisa Hickling-Miller ​New Path Youth and Family Services
Rose-Ann Marchitto​ ​FASworld Canada - FASworld Barrie
Sally Seabrook​ ​Mackenzie Health
Yana Skybin​ ​Integration Action for Inclusion in Education and Community Ontario - Simcoe County Chapter
​Mary Riggin Springstead ​Children's Treatment Network of Simcoe York (CTN)
​Dan Stroh ​Kinark Child and Family Services
​Tanya van Voorst ​Candlelighters Simcoe Parents of Children with Cancer

SEAC Alternate Members   
Name ​Organization
​Nancy Assance​ ​Beausoleil First Nation
​Jill Foley ​New Path Youth and Family Services
​James Hall (Acting Member) ​The Association For Bright Children of Ontario – Simcoe Chapter
Patrick King​ ​Catulpa Community Support Services
Joanne McCafferty ​Kinark Child and Family Services
Samantha Rudolph​ ​Candlelighters Simcoe Parents of Children with Cancer
​Katherina Symes ​Autism Ontario - Simcoe Chapter
Svetlana Zaruvimski​ ​Integration Action for Inclusion in Education and Community Ontario - Simcoe County Chapter


In-School Support   

In-School Supports could include:

  • Administrators;
  • Special education resource teachers (SERTs);
  • Regular Classroom Teacher (RCT);
  • Educational assistants (EAs);
  • Designated early childhood educators (DECEs); and,
  • Child and youth workers (CYWs).

Organizations to Assist Parents   

Autism Ontario, Simcoe Chapter: 705-252-7429, 
Kerry's Place: 905-841-6611,

Kinark Child and Family Services: 1-888-454-6275, 
Newpath Youth and Family Services of Simcoe County: 705-725-7656, 1-866-566-7656, 
Mackenzie Health's Centre for Behaviour Sciences: 705-728-9143,

Blind and Low Vision  
Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB: 705-728-3352, 

Deaf and Hard of Hearing  
Deaf Access Simcoe Muskoka: 705-728-3577, 
VOICE for Hearing Impaired Children - Simcoe Chapter: 1-866-779-5144, 

Developmental Disability   
Simcoe Community Services: 705-726-9082,
Down Syndrome Association of Simcoe County: 705-446-0888,
Catulpa Community Support Services: 705-733-3227,

Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder  
FASworld: 705-735-9517,

The Association for Bright Children of Ontario - Simcoe Chapter: 705-458-1564, 

Learning Disability 
Learning Disabilities Association of Simcoe County: 416-929-4311,

Children's Treatment Network: 1-877-719-4795, 

When you don’t know where to turn, call 211. It will help you find services and supports in your community. 211 offers live answer service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The number is free to call and interpreters are available in more than 170 languages. TTY service is available at 1-888-435-6086. 

Newcomer Welcome Centre    

Families who are new to Canada or for whom English is not their first language can access the SCDSB Newcomer Welcome Centre for additional support:
705-725-8360, ext. 45160
320 Bayfield Street, Bayfield Mall
Barrie, Ontario L4M 3C1

Provincial and Demonstration Schools   

The Ministry of Education operates Provincial and Demonstration Schools throughout Ontario for deaf, blind, deaf-blind, and severely learning-disabled students, as well as those with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Residential programs are offered at the schools Monday to Friday for students who live too far from school to travel daily. 

Demonstration Schools for English-Speaking Students with Severe Learning Disabilities, Including Learning Disabilities Associated with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (A.D.H.D.) 

Amethyst Demonstration School
1515 Cheapside Street
London, ON N5Y 3N9
T: (519) 453-4400

Trillium Demonstration School
347 Ontario Street South
Milton, ON L9T 3X9
T: (905) 878-2851 | TTY: (905) 878-7195

Sagonaska Demonstration School
350 Dundas Street West
Belleville, ON K8P 1B2
T: (613) 967-2830 

Schools for the Deaf     

Ernest C. Drury School for the Deaf
255 Ontario Street South, Milton, ON L9T 2M5
T: (905) 878-2851 | TTY: (905) 878-7195

Sir James Whitney School for the Deaf
350 Dundas Street West, Belleville, ON K8P 1B2
T: (613) 967-2823 | Toll Free: 1-800-501-6240  |  TTY: (613) 967-2823

The Robarts School for the Deaf
1515 Cheapside Street, London, ON N5Y 3N9
T: (519) 453-4400 | TTY: (519) 453-4400

School for the Blind and Deaf-Blind    

W. Ross MacDonald School for the Blind
350 Brant Avenue, Brantford, ON N3T 3J9
T: (519) 759-0730 | Toll Free: 1-866-618-9092 

French-Language School for the Deaf and Demonstration School for French-Speaking Students with Severe Learning Disabilities, Including Learning Disabilities Associated with ADHD

Centre Jules-Leger
281 Lanark Avenue, Ottawa, ON K1Z 6R8
T: (613) 761-9300 | Fax: (613) 761-9301  |  TTY: (613) 761-9302