The Special Education Department recognizes that education must address the unique strengths and needs of all students. It is, therefore, understood that all students have the right to quality education and to develop to their fullest potential. Our Special Education Programs are totally integrated into all aspects of the school environment. The Special Education Resource Teachers (SERTs) work collaboratively with staff member in a variety of ways:
- Assisting with program modifications and accommodations;
- Providing in-class support;
- Developing individual educational plans;
- Supporting the inclusion of exceptional pupils within the classroom.
It is the role of the Special Education support services to empower and encourage the school’s community to meet the individual needs of all students.
SPECIAL EDUCATION DEPARTMENT TEACHERS
Ms. M. Bradley – GLE Teacher/SERT
Ms. S. Bradley – GLE Teacher/SERT
Ms. L. Cianciolo-Bour – Special Education Teacher
Ms. T. Johnson – GLE Teacher/SERT
Ms. S. Joseph – Special Education Department Head
Ms. E. Kosztya – GLE Teacher/SERT
Mr. R. Ridler – SERT
Mr. M. Sawchuk – GLE Teacher/SERT
SPECIAL EDUCATION DEPARTMENT EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANTS
Ms. M. Amun
Ms. G. Brown
Ms. L. Cotto-Ortiz
Ms. L. Falzon-Dimech
Ms. N. Frendo
Ms. B. Mestriner-Hilario
Ms. L. Nair
Ms. J. Osatchuk
Mr. N. Parmar
Ms. D. Price
Ms. J. Tielemans
Ms. S. Tomy
GLE10 and GLE20 Learning Strategies: Skills for Success in Secondary School
This course focuses on learning strategies to help students become more independent learners. Students will learn how to develop and apply literacy and numeracy skills, personal management skills, and interpersonal and teamwork skills to improve their learning and achievement in school, the workplace, and the community. The course helps students build confidence and motivation to pursue opportunities for success in secondary school and beyond.
GLE10 Program Emphasis
The year one GLE course places an emphasis on understanding how and what can be done to improve learning throughout secondary school including study strategies, time management skills and digital literacy skills. An important goal of GLE10 is to improve self-awareness and build self-advocacy skills needed to foster independence.
GLE20 Program Emphasis
The year two GLE course continues to build on skills, strengths and independence goals with a focus on improving organization skills A primary focus is continuing to develop critical thinking skills as these are required when students write the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT).
GLE30 and GLE40 Learning Strategies: Skills for Success After Secondary School
This course improves students’ learning and personal management skills, preparing them to make successful transitions to work, training, and/or post-secondary education destinations. Students will assess their learning abilities and use literacy, numeracy and research skills, and personal management techniques to maximize their learning. Students will investigate trends and resources to support their post-secondary employment, training, and/or education choices and develop a plan to help meet their learning and career goals.
GLE30 Program Emphasis
The year three GLE places emphasis on evaluating, planning, and choosing programs that will support possible pathways beyond secondary school. Self-advocacy continues to be developed with a focus on greater independence and developing SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Results-based, Timely) goals for their future. The future paths explored relate to the workplace, apprenticeships, college, and or university placements.
GLE40 Program Emphasis
The year four GLE places an emphasis on applying to and choosing a post-secondary program. Students will explore future careers and learn how to write an effective resume along with developing an understanding of financial aid, bursaries, and scholarships. Students are provided the opportunity to directly connect with staff from Accessibility Centers from various Universities and Colleges in order to have a better understanding of accessing and utilizing accommodations post-secondary. Click here at www.transitionresourceguide.ca to get accessibility information for the Universities and Colleges in Ontario.
AUTISM Scholarships and Information
Autism Ontario offers three categories of scholarships. Awards are offered to individuals on the spectrum, siblings of an individual on the spectrum, and the child of a parent on the spectrum, all entering their first year of post-secondary education. If you would like more information visit www.autismontario.com
ACCESSIBLE Learning Services
Mohawk Accessible Learning Services delivers Project Connect, a workshop that will focus on self-advocacy, educational technology, Mohawk’s learning management system, and much more. There will also be sessions for parents/guardians and students with Autism. For more information contact Accessible Learning Services at 905.575.2211
HUMBER OR GUELPH-HUMBER
Humber or Guelph-Humber Accessible Learning Services offers programs for students who identify as having a disability. For more information go to, wegotyou.humber.ca
McMaster University’s Student Accessibility Services (SAS) provides support to students with a disability, similar to the accommodations in place from an IEP in high school. They also offer additional supports including assistive technology, learning strategies, library accessibility services, and a transition program to help incoming students transition into university.
For more information please visit, www.sas.mcmaster.ca/transition