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Keys to Special Education: Advocacy, Collaboration and Knowledge Parent Conference and Webcast

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Location: The Country Day School, 13415 Dufferin Street,

               King, Ontario L7B 1K5

Time: 9:00 am to 3:30 pm

Featuring Presentations by:

Louise Sirisko, Director, Ministry of Education, Special Education Policy and Programs Branch

David Lepofsky, Chair, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disability Act Coalition

Lynn Ziraldo, Executive Director, Learning Disabilities Association of York Region

Joe Trovato, Psychoeducational Consultant, ErinoakKids Centre for Treatment and Development

Occupational Therapists, Speech-Language Pathologists, representatives from school boards, parents and young adults with disabilities.


FREE Webcasts

The keynote speaker, Louise Sirisko, and three workshop sessions will be webcast live on April 9th and available for viewing after the event. The workshop sessions to be webcast will be selected based on number of participants registered for each session.

Parent Conference made possible by a grant from the Ministry of Education Parent Engagement Office. Sponsorship from Three to Be Foundation and Wolfe Education Specialists to assist with cost of refreshments.

Conference Program and Registration for conference, or for webcast, is now open at: http://www.easterseals.org/keys-special-education/

Register early as space is limited!
For more information about the Conference and Webcast Contact:
Alison Morse amorse@easterseals.org Phone: 416-421-8377 or 1-800-668-6252 Extension 335


9:00 to 9:30 am Registration

9:30 to 10:45am Keynote Presentation – What’s New in Special Education
Louise Sirisko, Director, Special Education Policy and Programs Branch, Ministry of Education will provide an overview of Special Education in Ontario.

10:45 to 11:00 Break

11:00 to 12:00 Workshop Session 1

  1. Effective Advocacy and Collaboration – Information for parents on how to advocate effectively and work collaboratively with teachers and other school staff, Lynn Ziraldo, Past Chair of Minister’s Advisory Council on Special Education
  2. Therapy at home and school – Developing a single plan of care that supports student success in school and at home, Judy Anderson, Single Plan of Care Coordinator for Children's Treatment Network, York Region District School Board
  3. Planning Effective Transitions for Students with Complex Needs, Rose Baechler, Coordinator for Students with Diverse Learning Needs, Dufferin-Peel Catholic DSB and Lissette Gaylie, parent
  4. Assistive Technology Improving Student Outcomes, Rahila Chughtai and Alana Shields Barker, parents

12:00 – 1:00 pm Lunch and Networking Sessions

Meeting Room 1 Parent Peer Supports – Brenda Agnew, Three to Be Foundation and Michelle Biehler, Children’s Treatment Network

Meeting Room 2 Special Education Advisory Committees - Alison Morse, Easter Seals Ontario, Provincial Coordinator – Special Education

Meeting Room 3 Multiple Births and Special Education, Theresa Sanders, Multiple Births Canada

1:00 to 2:OO Workshop Session 2

  1. Accessibility Issues at School, David Lepofsky, Chair, Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) Alliance
  2. Ready, Set, Go Lifeskills Program for Community Participation Zahra Mawji, Occupational Therapist (O.T.), Janice Archer O.T. and Kim Cross, Child and Family Psychotherapist, Children’s Treatment Network
  3. Identifying Potential and Programming Effectively, Joe Trovato, Psycho educational Consultant, ErinoakKids Centre for Child and Youth Development
  4. Mindfullness – A Strategy to Manage Stress, Anna Maria Batelaan, Social Worker, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital

2:00 – 2:15 Break

2:15 to 3:15 Workshop Session 3

  1. Student Panel – Planning for College or University
  2. Implementing Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) for Successful Communication, Daniele Fiorindi, Speech/Language Pathologist, CTN - YRDSB Augmentative Communication Consultation Services (ACCS),Sherry Caldwell and Jennifer Facchinelli, parents
  3. Developing Effective Individual Education Plans (IEPs), Alison Morse, Provincial Coordinator – Special Education, Easter Seals Ontario

3:15 to 3:30 Wrap up