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December 8, 2010 - Special Education Advisory Committee Minutes
Special Education Advisory Committee
December 8, 2010

        A meeting of the Special Education Advisory Committee was held at the Limestone Education Centre, 220 Portsmouth Avenue, Kingston, on Wednesday, December 8, 2010, at 6:40 p.m.

Present Trustees:
E. Crawford, Co-Chair
P. Murray
D. Jackson
Present Members:
Kathy Bennett, Community Living Kingston
Andrea Martin, Member-at-Large (Queen’s University)
Brad Shoniker, Member-at-Large
Charlene Whalen, Family & Children’s Services, Lennox and
Present Staff:
Donna Abbink, Transition Planning Coordinator
Marg Akey, Supervising Principal
Drew Boyce, School to Community Coordinator
Eva Carlin, Resource Teacher for Deaf/Hard of Hearing
Kristin Check, Coordinator/Projects Lead
Scot Gillam, Principal, Educational Services
Darlene Kirkpatrick, Recording Secretary
Alexis Stefanovich-Thomson, District Autism Resource Teacher
Steve Ward, Vice-Principal
Nadine Carson, Epilepsy Kingston
Karen Jeffrey, Lennox and Addington Resources for Children
Pat LaLonde, Autism Ontario
David Williams, Learning Disabilities Association of Kingston

        The meeting was chaired by Trustee Crawford, who welcomed those present to the meeting.  She thanked staff and SEAC members for their work during the past year, and she extended best wishes to them throughout the holiday season.

Community Integration Through Cooperative Education (CICE) Course at St. Lawrence College Presentation

        Marg Akey introduced Donna Abbink, Transition Planning Coordinator at Educational Services.  She advised that Donna’s position is shared with the Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District Board, and it is partly paid for by Community Living Kingston.

        Ms. Abbink thanked the Committee for inviting her to present at this evening’s meeting.  She said that she has been involved in the Transition Planning Coordinator position for approximately 19 years, noting that part of that time was with the former Frontenac County Board of Education, and now with the current partnership.

        Ms. Abbink stated that the Community Integration Through Cooperative Education course is an exciting initiative that has been a few years in the making in Kingston.  She reported that it has been offered in other colleges in Ontario for many years.  She advised that the program is a two year certificate program designed for adults with developmental disabilities, intellectual disabilities, acquired brain injury or other significant learning challenges who wish to further their education/vocational training in a community college setting.

        Ms. Abbink advised that the concept was brought back to St. Lawrence College and it was tweaked to fit the criteria there.

        Ms. Abbink provided the following information concerning the Professional Effectiveness Course (PEC), offered at St. Lawrence College:

•     Pilot Project between St. Lawrence College and LDSB
        •     for students receiving School to Community Services (18 years and older)
        •     may expand to students with other exceptionalities in future years
•     St. Lawrence College is waiving the tuition fee ($268.20) for this year only
•     St. Lawrence College is hiring and paying for the instructor
•     Stand-alone, adapted course that is going to be offered in conjunction with the CICE (Community Integration through Cooperative Education) program
•     PEC credit can count toward the CICE program
        •     student can take another path at St. Lawrence College besides CICE
        •     this experience would also be appropriate for students who are not looking at a college pathway, but would still benefit from the skills and content covered in the course
•     One three hour class per week (tentatively 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. on Wednesdays) for 15 weeks
•     Looking at a start date early in semester 2 (tentatively February 16-June 1, 2011)
•     Students at city schools could hopefully use city transit.  Students at rural schools might be able to access Focus Program or other busing.  Parents might be able to assist with transportation as well.  Educational Services will assist with the solution-making process, but transportation is not guaranteed.
•     Donna Abbink will be in touch with SCS teachers regarding potential students by November/December
        •     letter to parents explaining the nature of the course
        •     will be asked to complete a student profile for potential student
•     Work Team from SLC/LDSB to adapt the current learning outcomes

Overview of Course Learning Outcomes (unadapted)

•     Students will be acclimatized to the campus environment and to the world of higher thinking
•     Students will develop and apply appropriate time management skills
•     Students will develop an understanding of an appreciation for diverse learning styles and appropriate learning strategies
•     Students will form strategies for working in groups and improving peer-group relations
•     Students will explore and develop skills for note-taking, test-taking, studying, and communicating (both verbally and in writing)
•     Students will analyze and comprehend basic budgeting and financial planning skills
        Ms. Abbink advised that the domestic and international tuition fees for the Community Integration Through Co-Operative Education program for 2010-11 are $2,319.  Compulsory fees are $862.15.  All fees are subject to change for 2011-12.

        Co-Chair Crawford thanked Ms. Abbink for providing the above-noted information.

Approval of Agenda

        MOVED BY Brad Shoniker, that the agenda, as amended, be approved.–Carried

Approval of Minutes

        MOVED BY Brad Shoniker, that the minutes of the November17, 2010 meeting, as distributed, be approved.–Carried

Business Arising From the Minutes

Formation of Subcommittee Re: Orientation package for SEAC Members

        The matter of the Formation of a Subcommittee regarding an orientation package for SEAC members is to be brought forward at the January 19, 2011 SEAC meeting.

Recruitment of SEAC Members

        Marg Akey advised that an advertisement seeking representatives from organizations or associations for the SEAC Committee was circulated.  She advised that we had two people who expressed interest in joining SEAC.  She said that these people do not represent any organization or association.

Election of Association Co-Chair

        The election of the Association Co-Chair is to be brought forward at the January 19, 2011 SEAC meeting.

LDSB Strategic Plan

        Marg Akey advised that the LDSB Strategic Plan was posted.  There was no feedback from any member of the SEAC.  This matter is to be brought forward at the January 19, 2011 SEAC meeting.

Educational Services Update

        Principal Gillam advised that Level 2 Threat Assessment Training starts tomorrow and runs through Friday, with Kevin Cameron offering the training.  He reported that the Educational Assistants course is currently being offered.  He further reported that SEA is moving forward with messaging to our staff that we are moving forward in problem solving and starting access to Kurzweil at several sites.  

        Mr. Gillam advised that the Ministry is sending out guidelines for students who have low vision or who are blind.  He indicated that as feedback is received the Ministry will continue to create guidelines.

        Mr. Gillam stated that he would have a more thorough report at the next SEAC meeting to be held in January.


        Marg Akey indicated that correspondence was received from the Durham District School Board expressing concern about Transport Canada removing safety vests on school buses.  She reported that Tri-Board Student Transportation Services is investigating this matter.  She stated that we are finding that students are not being provided with safety vests on buses, and this could provide a significant issue for transportation.  Ms. Akey advised that Steve Wowk, CEO of Tri-Board Student Transportation Services, indicated that he would be pleased to speak to SEAC about this matter.

Association Updates

Community Living Kingston

        Kathy Bennett reported that Community Living Kingston had a successful accreditation process.

Other Business

        Co-Chair Crawford thanked those present for attending this evening’s meeting, and she thanked them for their participation in SEAC.  She also thanked staff for their commitment to special education and for their contributions.  She wished everyone a good holiday.

        Co-Chair Bennett thanked everyone for their involvement in SEAC and wished them a happy holiday.

Next Meeting Date

        The next meeting of the Special Education Advisory Committee is scheduled for Wednesday, January 19, 2011, at 7:00 p.m. at the Limestone Education Centre, 220 Portsmouth Avenue, Kingston.  The remaining meetings for the 2010-2011 school year are scheduled for:  February 16, 2011, March 25, 2011 (4th Wednesday), April 20, 2011, May 25, 2011 (4th Wednesday), June 8, 2011 (2nd Wednesday).


        MOVED BY Brad Shoniker, that the meeting adjourn at 7:05 p.m.–Carried