The Ottawa Catholic School Board’s approach to special education is based upon the principle of meeting students’ needs within the most enabling environment, ensuring students grow and develop as unique individuals. We believe that individual gifts and strengths must be identified and used as the starting point for developing programs which will nurture growth and learning. Our goal is to enable learners to reach their fullest potential, thus enabling them to take their place as independently as possible within society. All of our schools have facilities, resources, support personnel and equipment necessary for developing and implementing special education programs and services.
Our Board actively promotes inclusion programming, where students with special needs fully participate in the life of the school community. Wherever possible, students are educated in regular classrooms with age-appropriate peers. However, for those children whose complexity of needs exceeds these resources, a specialized placement may be necessary. Therefore, a full range of placements and services are made available to students.
Special Education Report
The Special Education Report covers all programs and services offered by the Ottawa Catholic School Board. The contents of the Special Education Report complies with the appropriate Ministry of Education’s standards, Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the Ontario Human Rights Code, the Education Act, and all other relevant regulations. The Special Education Report been divided into three accessible sections, as follows:
Section A. Special Education Programs and Services
Section B. Provincial Information
Section C. Information Required for the Community
View the entire PDF version of the Special Education Report >>
Read about Identification, Placement and Review Committees, the identification of exceptional students, special education programs, and provincial & demonstration programs.
Community members, representation from local associations, parents, and trustees come together to make recommendations to the Board on all issues related to special education programs and services.