Special Needs Children - Education

All students should have every opportunity to gain as many benefits from their school experience as possible. In order for students to be successful and thrive, they require help and support from their teachers, family, and classmates. Some students may have additional specific or special needs that require additional support beyond what is typically received in a school setting. These children may experience challenges relating to emotional, visual, language, speech, hearing, and behavioural needs. Special needs support may include changes to the educational program or curriculum or changes to appropriate grade level expectations for their age. Canada has a very inclusive approach to children with special needs, and by law, all schools in Canada are required to have a special education program. However, depending on your child’s diagnosis, physical and/ or mental capabilities, Special Needs Schools and alternative education centres may be able to provide additional provisions for your child, be better equipped, or have teachers specifically trained in various areas of Special Needs education. Are you looking for the best school in your area to provide Special Needs assistance for your child? Or are you wondering if your child qualifies for additional help and support in their school setting? We know making decisions about your child’s education can be tough, and if they have Special Needs, you have even more to consider. We can help.

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Halton District School Board - Special Education Advisory Committee - Burlington - New St

A special advisory committee which provides specific information, advice and assistance to parents/guardians whose children may require additional support.

* makes recommendations to HDSB on special education programs and services
* meetings open to parents and interested parties

Lynwood Charlton Centre - Children with Complex Needs Program

This program provides case management, service coordination and behaviour management support for children with complex needs, including those with a dual diagnosis (development delay and mental health), and is provided in conjunction with its service partners.

Camp Kodiak - Camp for Children with Special Needs

Private summer camp (located near Parry Sound) for children with special needs such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD); learning disabilities; high-functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder (Asperger Syndrome) and nonverbal learning disabilities (NLD) * offers individualized educational maintenance program, a social skills program and over 50 sports and activities * transportation to camp provided

Milton. Community Services - Inclusion for Special Needs - Milton Town Hall

Refer to the current Community Services Guide for complete descriptions, times and fees.

I-CAN (Integrated Care for Assisted Needs) Programs

School Breaks:
* ICAN P.A. Day Adventures
* ICAN Summer camps
* ICAN March Break
* ICAN Festive Fun
* Extended care - daily and weekly programs

Registered:
ICAN Swimming Lessons

SNAP (Special Needs Activity Program)
School Breaks:
* SNAP Summer Camp
* SNAP March Break

Fitness Registered:
* Zumba (18+ years)

Registered:
* Swim & Gym Junior (6 - 12 years)
* Swim & Gym Senior (13 - 18 years)

Drop In Programs:
Adult Inclusion drop in program (18+ years)
Sledge Hockey Shinny (all ages)

Medically fragile participants:
* participants who are medically fragile and who require the use of medical equipment are welcome to attend programs
* staff are not trained in this area so the family must provide a support worker to be responsible for the participant's medical requirements

Support persons (minimum age 15 years)

a) For all programs (registered and drop-in):
* Support persons provided by a participant's family are welcome to attend programs
* Admission fees are waived for all support persons accompanying a person with a disability as long as the support person is not participating in the program/service

b) For registered programs:
For support persons that are provided by the family, the following may be required:
* Additional information about support persons for safety and emergency purposes
* Attending a training session and providing a criminal record check
* A waiver form, signed by parents/guardians

c) For support persons provided by the Town:
* If your child has a one-to-one worker and will be absent from a program, please notify staff as soon as possible. This will help us to notify/re-assign the staff person working with your child before they arrive

Adult opportunities:
* inclusive recreation opportunities are available for adults
* call 905-878-7252 ext 2613 for more information

Halton Regional Police Service - Vulnerable Person Registry - Oakville - Headquarters

A voluntary service offered throughout Halton Region that allows a family member and/or caregivers of vulnerable persons to submit critical information to Halton Regional Police Service that may be used during an emergency situation.

* a Vulnerable Person is defined as a person who due to a medical, mental health or physical condition, may exhibit patterns of behaviour that may pose a danger to themselves or to others
* could include an inclination to wander, the inability to communicate, fascinations or attractions (water, construction sites, etc.) and social responses (fear of strangers, aggression)
* may include persons with Alzheimer's disease, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Acquired Brain Injury or a mental condition that causes a person to exhibit the above behaviours

Information required:
* name and address
* contact information
* recent photograph of the individual (optional)
* medical condition
* de-escalation techniques
* tendencies/routines
* registry information is updated annually
* information is only available to HRPS personnel in the performance of their duties

Genesis Community Rehabilitation - Genesis Support Services

Focus on areas of specialization such as mental health issues, at-risk behaviour, autism spectrum disorder, dual-diagnosis-developmental delay, and mental health diagnosis

Services include:
* behaviour assessment, treatment, and management
* mental health and behavioural challenges
* intervention strategies for addictions
* child and youth support
* autism support (ABA & IBI)
* developmental disabilities
* youth justice system
* educational and vocational support
* family reunification
* transitional support between living environments
* respite care

Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board - Special Education Programs - 20 Education Crt

Provides a continuum of special education supports and services for exceptional learners which includes this regular class placement and support, as well as special class placement and support.

McMaster University - Special Needs Assistance Program (SNAP) at The Pulse Fitness Centre - 1280 Main St W

Allows users of all physical abilities to enjoy the physical, psychological, and social benefits of an active lifestyle. A one-on-one program, where participants are paired with a student volunteer to complete a safe and enjoyable workout. The Pulse also offers Strive for Health, a 10-week fitness program designed for adults with developmental disabilities. In this group-based program, participants have the opportunity to try recreational sports and fitness activities such as resistance training.

Behavioural Supports Ontario - Community Outreach Team - Burlington

Provides short-term behavioural support and assistance for older adult clients in crisis, or at risk of a crisis, and their families including:
* crisis intervention
* practical support and outreach
* education
* advocacy
* coordination of services (may include connecting with appropriate longer-term services and community resources)

Behavioural Supports Ontario - Community Outreach Team - Burlington

Provides short-term behavioural support and assistance for older adult clients in crisis, or at risk of a crisis, and their families including:
* crisis intervention
* practical support and outreach
* education
* advocacy
* coordination of services (may include connecting with appropriate longer-term services and community resources)

Behavioural Supports Ontario - Community Outreach Team - Burlington

Provides short-term behavioural support and assistance for older adult clients in crisis, or at risk of a crisis, and their families including:
* crisis intervention
* practical support and outreach
* education
* advocacy
* coordination of services (may include connecting with appropriate longer-term services and community resources)

Active Chefs - No Physical Address

Provides free programs, giving priority to those most in need that involve:
* healthy eating
* cooking
* multicultural food education
* physical activity
* community building

* also hosts special events for high school students, youth, adults, parents, community and family members