Education

These are some resources that may help you as you navigate the school system. We do not endorse any external organizations or websites, and we encourage you to contact them directly to find the best fit for your family.

For more resources or support, please contact Katie, our Family Resource Coach, at 519-886-9992 ext. 2 or frc@aswr.ca.

General School Support and Programs

Autism and Behavioural Science The Autism and Behavioural Science program addresses the field of autism and behavioural science, specifically the syndromes associated with Autism Spectrum Disorder, for children across various contexts including the home and school environments.

Community Integration through Cooperative Education (CICE) 
The Community Integration through Cooperative Education (CICE) program is a two-year program designed to provide individuals with developmental disabilities and other significant learning challenges an opportunity to experience college life and enhance their academic and vocational skills with modified programming. 

Developmental Services Resource Centre – DSRC assists individuals with developmental disabilities and their caregivers in evaluating needs and connecting with community services and supports. Can assist with advocacy, communication, rights & responsibilities, attend school meetings. 519-741-1121

People for Education – People for Education is an independent organization working to support public education in Ontario’s English, Catholic and French schools. Their website includes information on the education system, rights & responsibilities, tip sheets, and a parent support line. Parent Support Line: 1-888-534-0100

Waterloo Catholic District School Board website: information, including an IEP Parent Guide. Click on ‘Special Education’ menu tab across top.

Waterloo Region District School Board website: information, including administrative procedure, Information Handbook. Locate search box (upper right hand corner) and type in the topic you are interested in (for example, IEP).

Waterloo Region Family Network – By being educated and connected the hope is that families will feel empowered to advocate effectively for their child, participate in the community and build relationships with each other as a way to create lifelong support. Can assist with advocacy, communication, rights & responsibilities, attend school meetings. 519-886-9150

Resources for the Classroom

Autism Ontario Educator Toolkits: Videos, classroom discussions, teacher resources and supplemental activities to engage your student body on World Autism Awareness Day.

Autism Speaks School Community Tool Kit: A tool kit to assist members of the school community in understanding and supporting students with autism.

Effective Educational Practices for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders: A Resource Guide: This resource guide is designed to support educators in elementary and secondary schools in Ontario in planning and implementing effective educational programs for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).

Ontario Teachers Federation Special Education Resources: The resources presented here have been selected based on teacher usefulness and organized within the specific student needs, exceptionalities and/or conditions sections.

Special Education: A Guide for Educators: The Ministry of Education in Ontario is committed to ensuring that all students have the knowledge, skills, and confidence they need to succeed in a rapidly changing society and that they are provided with the learning opportunities and supports they require. In order to do this, the ministry establishes legislation, regulations, and policies regarding the governance, funding, and delivery of education.

Resources for Transition Planning and Navigating the System

Connections: A guide to transition planning for parents of children with a developmental disability – has been developed to help you as your child makes the transition from school life to adulthood. This guide has been written to provide you with information on transition planning and to identify some of the issues you need to think about. It will also provide you with information on accessing services in each of the communities in Central West Region that may be useful to you as you begin to plan for your child’s life beyond school.

National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS) has the mandate to support full access to education and employment for post-secondary students and graduates with disabilities across Canada.

Navigating College: A Handbook on Self Advocacy Written for Autistic Students from Autistic Adults. Brought to you by ASAN – the Autistic Self Advocacy Network.

Navigating the Special Education System: A Challenging Journey. Information on IPRCs, IEPs, and Accommodations, Modifications and Alternative Skill Areas.

Ontario Special Needs Roadmap for School: Two moms have put together this new interactive school roadmap to help parents navigate the system, explaining what the different processes mean and what they mean for your child.

Planning Entry to School: A Resource Guide. This resource guide represents an effort to identify and build on existing effective practices and to translate evidence-based research into practical ideas and processes. This information will help school boards to work with parents and community partners as they plan students’ entry to school.

Shared Solutions: A Guide to Preventing and Resolving Conflicts Regarding Programs and Services for Students with Special Education Needs. This resource guide is intended to help parents, educators, and students with special education needs work together to prevent conflicts, resolve them quickly, and allow students to develop their full potential and succeed in school. The approaches outlined build on techniques and strategies for conflict prevention and resolution that are already in place in many school boards.

Strengthening Transitions for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders: The Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities (MTCU) provides additional support to help students with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) succeed in postsecondary education programs. Students will get help building the skills they need through a variety of resources, activities and programs.

Ontario Ministry of Education Policies

Ontario Ministry of Education website: locate the ‘Search’ box (upper right hand corner), to find various documents (for example, information on IEPs, etc.).

PPM140: Incorporating Methods of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) Into Programs for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD)

PPM156: Supporting Transitions for Students with Special Education Needs

Private Tutoring Services

Building Blocks Tutoring & In-Home Consultation – Specializing in children ages 4-12 years who are struggling in the school setting and at home. Math, reading, writing.

Linda Webster (Webster Educational Services) – We offer full-service academic support programs to all learners, from junior kindergarteners to adults. All our tutoring services are one-on-one, and our educators are equipped to handle the needs of students with learning disabilities and special needs. 519-884-0004

Tutoring Beyond Borders (Free – Grades 7-12): TBB’s main purpose is to provide free tutoring to students from Grades 7 to 12 who seek assistance with their courses, may it be homework help, preparation for tests and exams, or even enriched learning. 519-577-4822

FAQ

I think I/my child may be on the autism spectrum. Where can I get an assessment?

Below are some options for getting an assessment for autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Eligibility and cost varies with each option.

Who can help me to advocate for myself/my child within the school system?

The following agencies/organizations can assist you in navigating the education system and advocating for yourself or your child:

Who can help me/my child with mental health concerns (i.e. anxiety, stress/coping)?

Here are some services in our community that can assist with mental health concerns:

Are there any supports for people who don’t have a diagnosis of ASD yet?

Below are some resources that you may find useful prior to receiving a formal diagnosis of ASD:

See answers to question #3 for mental health supports

What are some sources of funding that I or my family may be eligible for?

*Please note that the Q&A is for general information only and may not pertain to your specific situation. For more detailed and personalized information, please contact the Family Resource Coach directly.