Education

Your child’s involvment 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.

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:

  • 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.

May/June:

  • A follow up case conference is scheduled to review documentation and ensure support is in place for a successful entry 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.

It is the plan of the Timmins Transition Committee partners to schedule Parents for Partners workshops two weeks following school registration. This workshop was first introduced successfully to parents in 2008. It focuses on the child’s transition into school for the first time. The workshop was developed through a partnership with the community and schools. The continued goal of the workshop is to provide parents/caregivers with the information needed to promote a seamless transition into school for their child with special needs. The invitation to this workshop will be promoted during the school registration process, as well as by service providers within the community.

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:

  • 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.

May/June:

  • A follow up case conference is scheduled to review documentation and ensure support is in place for a successful entry 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.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:

  • 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 school.

May/June:

  • A follow up case conference is scheduled to review documentation and ensure support is in place for a successful entry to 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 youth/young adult’s IEP.

*At age 14 the transition plan must be in their IPRC out of high school.

Beyond Secondary School

  • Updated assessments may be necessary to ensure continuation of services in the post-secondary setting and/or workplace environment.
  • Please access employment for transition to the workplace.

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)
268-7443
www.ncdsb.on.ca

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

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

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

Colleges and Universities

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

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

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

WrightsLaw
www.wrightslaw.com

Connect Ability
ConnectAbility.ca

Northern TIP – Through Independence Centre and Network (ICAN)
{Sudbury} (705) 673-0655
www.ican-cerd.com

The Independent Program TIP – Through Bloorview MacMillan Children’s Centre
{Toronto} (416) 425-6220 or 1-800-363-2440
www.bloorviewmacmillan.on.ca

Scholarships / Bursaries

Please refer to the Scholarship section under Funding for available scholarships or bursaries.