Education

TRANSITION PLAN FOR BLIND/ LOW VISION

NORTHEAST ONTARIO BLIND/LOW VISION

EARLY INTERVENTION PROGRAM

Transition to School Plan

PRESCHOOL-SCHOOL TRANSITION POLICY

For those children entering school, every attempt will be made to provide timely and coordinated transition planning with the aim of ensuring continuous intervention with the resources available and without re-assessment, undue delay, or duplication of services.

The Northeast Blind Low Vision Early Intervention Program (BLV) provides a range of services to preschool children who are blind or have low vision who live in the Sudbury/Manitoulin, Algoma, Nipissing, Temiskaming and Cochrane Districts. In most of these districts, there are various agencies which have well developed transition to school plans and procedures. The purpose of this procedure is to ensure that we link into existing plans in the various districts and to support the entire transition to school procedure for children who are not involved with any other agencies that are already providing that support.

Objectives:

1. To establish transition procedures/process for preschool children in the Northeast Blind Low Vision

Early Intervention Program entering the education system in order to:

  • Share information between systems
  • Provide education systems and community service providers with information to initiate programming.
  • Coordinate services between Blind Low Vision Program, education systems, and community preschool service providers.
  • Minimize duplication of service
  • Ensure timely and coordinated services
  • Inform education systems, BLV system, and community partners of new referrals and discharges.

2. To establish transition procedures/process that respects agency and client confidentiality.

Transition Process

In September of each year, the Early Childhood Vision Consultant (ECVC) and/or CNIB service provider will:

  • identify those children who will start school for the following September,
  • make a referral to the appropriate provincial school (W. Ross MacDonald School or Centre Jules-Léger) for a Preschool Transition Assessment

The “Transition to School Lead” will coordinate and support the transition to school process.

  • Arrange and Coordinate a Transition to school meeting and ensure that all appropriate partners are invited.
  • The participants in the “transition to school meeting” understand what supports and services the BLV/CNIB is able to provide once the child begins school

EDUCATION FOR BLIND/LOW VISION

Your child’s involvement in school is an important milestone. In this section, you will find information regarding transitions from home, daycare and school according to your child’s age. A transition may occur any time a child enters a new school. The Ministry of Education has developed a transition guide. From this link: www.edu.gov.on.ca please follow the following links: English, parents, special education, transition planning, and select Planning Entry to School: A Resource Guide. or http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/general/speced/tansiti/html

0 – School Entry

This period is usually defined by your child’s initial entry into the school system. The following schedule is recommended by the Timmins Transition Committee partners:

One year before school entry:

  • Parents/caregivers are encouraged to visit local schools in order to see what services they may be able to offer your child. This will help you to determine which school or school board is best suited to meet your child’s needs.

January of the year of school entry:

  • All appropriate assessments need to be completed. Please access referrals for more information.
  • Your child should be registered at the appropriate school.
  • Parents/caregivers meet with the school principal to provide information about your child’s disability and specific needs to initiate the transition process. This may occur at the time of school registration.

February/June

  • A case conference is scheduled at the school with all current and potential service providers/educators to discuss the strengths and needs of your child.
  • Develop an action plan for steps to be taken to ensure all supports and services are in place for transition to school.

September:

  • Another case conference is scheduled to review transition process and strategies/recommendations with teachers and support personnel to ensure a successful transition.
  • The school or parents/caregivers can request an Identification Placement Review Committee (IPRC) meeting to formally identify your child with special needs. Following this process, an Individual Education Plan (IEP) will be developed.

Junior Kindergarten – High School

This period is usually defined by your child’s transition from an elementary setting to an intermediate setting.  The following schedule is recommended by the Timmins Transition Committee partners:

January of the year of entry to the new school:

  • All appropriate assessments need to be completed. Please access referrals for more information.
  • Parents/caregivers meet with the present school principal to initiate the transition process to the new school.

February/June:

  • A case conference is scheduled with the new school and with all current and potential service providers/educators to discuss the strengths and needs of your child.
  • Develop an action plan for steps to be taken to ensure all supports and services are in place for transition to the new school.
  • The school or parents/caregivers can request a meeting to review their child’s IPRC.

September:

  • Another case conference is scheduled to review transition process and strategies/recommendations with teachers and support personnel to ensure a successful transition.
  • The school or parents/caregivers can request a meeting to review their child’s IEP.

High School – Adulthood

This period is usually defined by your youth/young adult’s transition from an intermediate setting to a secondary setting. Sources of information for building an effective transition plan refer to sites below:

http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/general/elemsec/speced/resource/iepresguid.html – IEP Resource Guide

The following schedule is recommended by the Timmins Transition Committee partners:

January of the year of entry to the new school:

  • All appropriate assessments need to be completed. Please access referrals for more information.
  • Parents/caregivers meet with the present school principal to initiate the transition process to the new school.

February/June:

  • A case conference is scheduled with the new school and with all current and potential service providers/educators to discuss the strengths and needs of your youth/young adult.
  • Develop an action plan for steps to be taken to ensure all supports and services are in place for transition to post secondary school / employment / community services and activing living.

*At age 14 the Transition Plan is incorporated in the IEP refer to: http://www/edu.gov.on.ca/eng/general/elemsec/speced/transiti/transition.html – to support in the creation of Transition Plan (Resource Guide)

Beyond Secondary School

Updated assessments may be necessary to ensure continuation of services to:

  • Post-secondary educational settings
  • Access to employment/workplace environment (link employment).
  • Access to community support services (link referral under adult section)

Below are suggestions to follow should your youth/young adult be transitioned to post-secondary education:

This process should be initiated preferably more than one year before entry to post-secondary school as extensive planning may be required. As soon as the student is aware of their choice of study:

  • The student is encouraged to visit or contact the schools’ special needs/resource department in order to see what services they may be able to offer. This will help them to determine which school is best suited to meet their needs.
  • Updated assessments may need to be completed. Please access referrals for more information.
  • Case conference with service providers/student to detail all the components to consider for the student to make an informed decision in their transition to post-secondary education.
  • Develop an action plan for steps to be taken to ensure all supports and services are in place for transition to school.
  • Student to follow application process.

At the time of acceptance:

  • A case conference is scheduled with all current and potential service providers/educators to review and implement the plan of action and ensure the supports and services are in place for the student’s transition.

September:

  • Another case conference is encouraged to review the action plan to ensure a successful transition.

Resources / Links

Local School Boards

Northeastern Catholic District School Board (NCDSB)
(705)268-7443
www.ncdsb.on.ca

District School Board Ontario North East (DSBONE)
(705)360-1151
www.dsb1.edu.on.ca

Conseil scolaire public du Nord Est de l’Ontario (CSDNE)
(705)264-1119
www.csdne.edu.on.ca

Conseil scolaire catholique de district des Grandes-Rivieres (CSCDGR)
(705)267-1421
www.cscdgr.on.ca

W. Ross MacDonald (English)
http://www.wrossmacdonaldschool.on.ca/

Centre Jules-Leger (French)
http://www.centrejulesleger.com/

Colleges and Universities

George Brown College
Intervenor Program
http://www.georgebrown.ca

Northern College of Applied Arts and Technology
www.northernc.on.ca

College Boreal
www.borealc.on.ca

Universite de Hearst
www.uhearst.ca

Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities (MTCU)
www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/tcu

Educational Resources

W. Ross MacDonald (English)
http://www.wrossmacdonaldschool.on.ca/

Centre Jules-Leger (French)
http://www.centrejulesleger.com/

Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC)
www.wrdsb.ca/programs-and-services/special-education/special-education-advisory-committee-seac

Ontario Ministry of Education
www.edu.gov.on.ca

What is an IPRC? What is an IEP?
www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/general/elemsec/speced/hilites.html

Entry to School – Transition
http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/general/elemsec/speced/transiti.html

Transition Plan (A Resource Guide)
http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/general/elemsec/speced/guide/iepresguid.html

Comhnadh Consulting
www3.sympatico.ca/l.moir/

WrightsLaw
www.wrightslaw.com

Connect Ability
ConnectAbility.ca

Scholarships / Bursaries

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