Resources for Parents
"Effective Educational Practices for Students with ASD: A Resource Guide"
PPM:140 "Incorporating Methods of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) into Programs for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)"
overview of PPM 140 for parents
SNOW (Special Needs Opportunities Window) - http://snow.utoronto.ca/ - "Cultivating Ontario's Inclusive Education Community". Free online training programs, special education resources, and general resources of interest to parents, such as lists of support organizations.
Ontario Association of Education Advocates - http://www.oaea.ca/ - This organization offers a database of education advocates and sponsors several events.
The Ministry of Education - http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/ web site contains many relevant documents, announcements and information about legislation. See in particular Regulation 298 (Section 31 deals with special education classes), Regulation 181 (IPRC rules), and Regulation 464/97 (SEAC rules), plus standards for IEPs and special education plans and resource manual for ISA grants. Also see The Educators Guide to Special Education - http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/general/elemsec/speced/guide/specedpartae.pdf for definitions of exceptionalities and guidelines for boards to follow.
The web sites of the Toronto District School Board (http://www.tdsb.on.ca/) and the Toronto Catholic District School Board (http://www.tcdsb.org/) contain minutes of trustee meetings, copies of board policies, and each board's Special Education Plan.
Those in the Toronto District School Board might find the map of special education classes useful.
Ontario Coalition for Inclusive Education (http://www.inclusive-education.ca/) - This organization promotes inclusion of children with all types of challenges in the regular education system.
People for Education (http://www.peopleforeducation.com/) is a provincial group acting as a monitoring watchdog on the education system (not specifically related to special needs or ASD). They hold an annual conference and offer a toll-free parent support line: 1-888-534-3944.
Campaign for Public Education (http://www.campaignforpubliceducation.ca/) is a Toronto-specific coalition of educators and parents concerned about funding cuts to Toronto schools.
Toronto Parent Network (http://www.torontoparentnetwork.ca/) is a grassroots, volunteer-run organization fighting for public education in Toronto.
Comhndadh Consulting (http://www3.sympatico.ca/l.moir/Comhndadh) - a private company run by Lindsay Moir, who offers consulting and education services related to special education.
Canadian Education on the Web (http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/~mpress/eduweb/eduweb.html%22) - Clearinghouse of links and information relating to Canada and education, including organizations and resources - very broad scope of information.
Lindsay Moir, a special education consultant, writes a weekly column on Family Net (http://www.familynet.on.ca/AskLindsayMoir.htm) that answers parents' questions about special education in Ontario.
Parents' Guide to Special Education Services (http://arazoviguian.netfirms.com/) - The Web site of our separate school SEAC rep, Ara Zoviguian.
Facing a strike at school? Know your rights: see the Ontario Human Rights Council bulletin: http://www.ohrc.on.ca/en/resources/factsheets/disabilitystrike