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March 21, 2012 - Special Education Advisory Committee Minutes
Special Education Advisory Committee
March 21, 2012

        A meeting of the Special Education Advisory Committee was held in the Board Room at the Limestone Education Centre, 220 Portsmouth Avenue, Kingston, on Wednesday, March 21, 2012, at 7:00 p.m.
Present Trustees:
E. Crawford
P. Murray
Present Members:
Nadine Carson, Epilepsy Kingston
Karen Jeffrey, Lennox and Addington Resources for Children      
Kelly Henry, Alternate, Family & Children’s Services, Lennox and Addington    
Pat LaLonde, Autism Ontario
Andrea Martin, Member-at-Large (Queen’s University)
Erin Sheldon, Community Living Kingston
Brad Shoniker, Member-at-Large
Charlene Whalen, Family & Children’s Services at Frontenac, Lennox and Addington
Present Staff:
Drew Boyce, School to Community Coordinator
Jennifer Davidson-Harden, Chief Psychologist
Ann-Marie Lacoursière, Principal of Educational Services
Alison McDonnell, Supervising Principal, Special Education
Jennifer Murphy, Special Education Program Coordinator
Alexis Stefanovich-Thomson, Special Education Program Coordinator
Steve Ward, Vice-Principal of Educational Services
Kim Flynn, Recording Secretary
David Williams, Learning Disabilities Association of Kingston

        The meeting was chaired by Trustee Murray, who called the meeting to order, welcoming those present.   Trustee Murray welcomed Erin Sheldon, Representative for Community Living, to the meeting.  

Approval of Agenda

MOVED BY Nadine Carson, seconded by Brad Shoniker, that the agenda, as distributed, be approved. – Carried\

Approval of Minutes

        MOVED BY Brad Shoniker, seconded by Nadine Carson, that the minutes of the February 15, 2012 meeting, as distributed, be approved. – Carried.

Business Arising From the Minutes

There was no business arising from the minutes.

Clinical Supervision Model and Service Delivery

        Dr. Davidson-Harden, Chief Psychologist, was present to provide information about the clinical supervision model and service delivery.  

        Dr. Davidson-Harden relayed that the clinical supervision model and service delivery is a three-tier approach.  She explained that consultation is a tier one intervention which will hopefully prevent the necessity of further intervention.  When a formal (tier 3 intervention) is needed, the student’s parents will be contacted for consent.  Feedback will then be provided to the parent and the school and a diagnosis will be provided if needed.   Information from the assessment will be used for programming purposes.   

        Questions were raised regarding formal assessment measures.  Dr. Davidson-Harden explained that the Weschler Intelligence Scale for Children and Weschler Individual Achievement Test are used.  Further follow-up measures may be used to evaluate memory, attention, executive functioning, emotion/behavior and life skills.
Trustee Murray thanked Dr. Davidson-Harden for providing the information.

Educational Services Update

Principal Lacoursiere provided the following update:

  • Educational Services is very busy providing professional learning opportunities to:  Student Support Teachers, School to Community Teachers, District Learning Centre Teachers, Secondary Teachers (ASD), as well as the Development Disability Course.
  • The transition to school process is currently occurring as is the Grade 8-9 transition process.   
  • A school to community services review is currently underway.  Parent feedback will be welcomed.   There was talk regarding the mechanism on how to do this and it was suggested either by a survey or through community agencies.
A question was raised by Pat LaLonde about educational assistant support.  Principal Lacoursiere reviewed the process for allocation that occurs in June each year, as well as the process for schools to access short term educational assistant support.  Principal Lacoursiere stated that any comments or concerns from parents should be directed to herself.

  • The Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test is on March 29th 2012.  Support will be provided to ensure assistive technology is accessible to those students who use it on a regular basis.

        There was no correspondence.

Association Updates

Autism Ontario

Ms. LaLonde advised that the next Autism walk/run will be held at noon at Queen’s ARCT.  The following events will take place in the Kingston area:

April 2nd :  World Autism Day.  Everyone is encouraged to wear blue.   
April 20th:   St. Lawrence College will be having a one day behavioural course on

Ms. LaLonde informed members that Jeannette Holden of Autism Ontario passed away February 22nd 2012 , with her memorial held March 21st 2012.  Autism Ontario will continue with scholarships in her honor.   

Family and Children’s Services, Lennox and Addington

Ms. Henry advised that amalgamation of the Lennox and Addington and Family Children’s Services and Frontenac Children’s Aid Society will take place April 1, 2012.   The current telephone numbers will continue to be used.   It was noted that no Director has been announced as of yet.

Epilepsy Kingston

Ms. Carson advised of the following events to take place:

March 24th:   Purple manicures and pedicures will take place from 9:30 – 6 p.m. at        
                  the Cataraqui Mall in support of epilepsy.  Donations will be    
March 26th:   Epilepsy Day.  Everyone is encouraged to wear purple to
                 show their support.
April 11th:      Dominos Theatre will be presenting a play at 8:00 p.m. in support
                  of Epilepsy Kingston.   Tickets are $20.00.  

Susan Harrison has been named the new Executive Director for Epilepsy Kingston.  There have been ten $1,000.00 scholarships established.   Further information about the scholarship awards is available at epilipsyont.

Ms. Carson noted that a formal ID card is now available to those who have epilepsy.  

Other Business

        Trustee Murray advised that the Board is still waiting for information related to budget.  Any new information will be shared at the next meeting in April.  

        Ms. McDonnell discussed “Open Minds, Healthy Minds, Ontario’s Comprehensive Mental Health and Addictions Strategy”.

Next Meeting Date

        The next meeting of the SEAC Committee is to be held on Wednesday, April 18 2012.  The remaining meetings for the 2011-1012 school year are scheduled for:  Monday, May 14, 2012 (2nd Monday) at the Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board, 151 Diary Avenue, Napanee, at 5:45 p.m., and June 6, 2012 (2nd Wednesday) at the Limestone Education Centre, 220 Portsmouth Avenue, Kingston.


MOVED BY Nadine Carson, seconded by Brad Shoniker, that the meeting adjourn at 8:30 p.m. – Carried.