Special Education

At the Ottawa Catholic School Board, we want every student to have the opportunity to reach their full potential by allowing them to grow and develop as unique individuals. This is reflected in our approach to special education and in the full range of placements and services we provide to meet student needs.

Every student brings value to their school community

We actively promote the goal of inclusion– where students with special needs participate fully in the life of their school community. Although students with very high needs may require specialized placements, wherever possible, students with special needs learn in regular classrooms with age-appropriate peers.

Where do parents start?

Navigating the world of special education can be overwhelming. If you have special education concerns about your child, the best first step is to talk with your child’s classroom teacher or resource teacher. Once you’ve talked to them you can also get assistance and direction from your school Principal, a special education consultant, your school Superintendent or the Superintendent of Special Education.

If you need more information, the Special Education Department has put together a website that guides families through our process at the OCSB.

Individual Education Plan (IEP)

To make sure we meet the learning needs of your child, we collaborate with you to develop an Individual Education Plan (IEP) for your child every year. This written plan outlines the special education program or services your child will need to learn and demonstrate they are learning. Your child’s IEP is a working document that will be reviewed and adjusted throughout the year.

Identification, Placement and Review Committee

Our Identification, Placement and Review Committee (IPRC) is the team that decides whether or not a student should be identified as exceptional. The committee consists of a Principal, two other teachers and or Special Education staff. They are also responsible for determining the appropriate placement for the student using guidelines from the Ministry of Education. These decisions are reviewed at least once per school year. Learn more about IPRC meetings in our Guide to Special Education for Families.

OCSB Special Education Report

Our Special Education Report provides a comprehensive look at all of the special education programs and services we offer.

Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC)

The parent-led Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) is a Ministry-mandated advisory committee that provides important advice on matters regarding special education programs to the Board. Many parents of children with special education needs find this committee helpful. Current representatives include:

SEAC Members 2022- 2026

  • Traci Clarke, Chairperson, Inclusion Action Ontario
  • Mara Chapeskie, Vice-Chairperson, Community Member at Large
  • Susan Muleme Kasumba, Representative, Brain Injury Association of Ottawa Valley
  • Betsy Schuurman, Representative, (Adrienne Charlton, Alternate) Association for Bright Children
  • Charlene White, Representative, (Carlos Probst, Alternate), Down Syndrome
  • Davina Mullaley, Representative, Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Group of Ottawa
  • Kim Chan, Representative, (Lisa Carter, Alternate) Learning Disabilities Association of Ontario, Ottawa Chapter
  • Dawn Pickering, Representative (Helen McRobbie, Alternate) Ontario Parents of Visually Impaired Children
  • Erinn Ladouceur (Alternate) Inclusion Action Ontario
  • Catherine Holmes, Community Member at Large
  • Kerry Monaghan, Community Member at Large

Meetings are held monthly during the school year at 6:30 pm at the Board office (570 West Hunt Club Road) in Nepean. All meetings are open to the public.

2023-2024 SEAC Agendas & Minutes

Date of MeetingAgendaMeeting Minutes
September 20, 2023See AgendaSee Minutes
October 18, 2023See AgendaSee Minutes
November 15, 2023See AgendaSee Minutes
December 20, 2023See AgendaSee Minutes
January 17, 2024See AgendaSee Minutes
February 21, 2024See AgendaSee Minutes
March 20, 2024See Agenda
April 17, 2024See Agenda
May 15, 2024See Agenda
June 19, 2024


Your first point of contact is your child’s school for concerns related to Special Education & Student Services. Start with your classroom teacher, and then speak with your Principal if needed.

Special Education & Student Services

  • Phone: 613-224-4455 Ext 2351
  • Fax: 613-225-9153

Special Education Advisory Committee (Parent Volunteer Group)

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