Special Education


Special Education Transition Planning Guide (Section F, 75 pg pdf) Entry to School, Transitions/School Day, Transition/One School Year to the Next; Transition Between YRDSB Schools or to a School outside the Board; Elementary to Secondary Transition; Secondary Transition to Post Secondary Options

Transition Planning Resource Guide (June 2014, 18 pgs) is a comprehensive guide with live links and is updated annually: Understanding Transition Planning, Developmental Services and Key Terminology; Provincially Funded Resources and Supports; ODSP, SSAH & Passport funding programs; Ontario Works, Post-Secondary Education; Vocational / Employment Programs; Day Programs/Community Participation Supports; Residential Supports; Respite Services; Autism Services; Legal & Financial; Recreation & Leisure; Bursaries & Scholarships; Transportation; other resources


Special Education website

New Special Education in Ontario: Policy & Resource Guide 2017 (246 page e.pdf)

This document supersedes the following policy and resource documents

  • Special Education: A Guide for Educators (2001)
  • Standards for School Boards' Special Education Plans (2000)
  • Individual Education Plans: Standards for Development, Program Planning, and Implementation (2000)
  • Transition Planning: A Resource Guide (2002)
  • The Individual Education Plan (IEP): A Resource Guide (2004).

Note that while this document supersedes the two standards documents - Standards for School Boards' Special Education Plans and Individual Education Plans: Standards for Development, Program Planning, and Implementation - the standards described in both documents remain unchanged and are reflected in this guide.

Supporting Seamless Transitions from AIP to school (Appendix A., 2009)

Services for Students with Special Education Needs and the Early Learning Program (2010)


Autism Ontario- York Region Special Education Advisory Committee

School page

Safety Plan - a completed sample to incorporate into your child's IEP

Safety Plan template  - a blank template to develop your own

Writing An Effective IEP (powerpoint)

Ask Lindsay Moir A broad range of articles in a Q&A format addressing topics of concern for parents.  

Ontario Association of Education Advocates

School Advocacy Hamilton Resources website containing; Basic Advocacy Skills, Special Education, Suspensions & Expulsions, Bullying

People for Education Annual Reports on Ontario's Public Schools; Special Education in Elementary Schools and Special Education in Secondary Schools




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