Autism Ontario Windsor-Essex Workshop: Helping Parents Be Heard by Ontario School Boards with Ed Mahoney

November 2, 2019 all-day
To be determined
Livia Congi
Advocating for your child in the education system can feel overwhelming. This workshop presented by Ed Mahony, will provide support.

About this Event

Advocating for your child in the education system can feel overwhelming. Families are often left on their own to understand special education rules and regulations. Parents and students with Autism Spectrum disorder as well as other educational needs must be actively engaged throughout the education process as full partners in their education to promote optimal learning. This workshop, presented by educational consultant Ed Mahony, is designed to support parents in asserting their rights and will teach them how to be heard in a respectful and positive manner.

Elements of this workshop include:

  • Plain talk on how schools really work
  • Attributes of successful parent advocates
  • The "shape" of Special Education in Ontario
  • IPRCs - the heart of Special Education
  • Real IPRCs
  • Real IEPs
  • Review of local school board "Parent Guide to Special Education Program and Services"
  • Applied Behaviour Analysis - regulatory obligations and what's possible
  • Special Incidence Portion (SIP) - intense support
  • Special Education Allotment (SEA)
  • Exclusions and Suspensions
  • "Informal Suspensions"
  • Crisis behaviour/physical intervention
  • Secondary Schools
  • Appeal Procedures
  • The IPRC appeal protocol
  • The Ontario Human Rights Code - new developments
  • Bringing it all together/key scenarios

What you will take away from this workshop:

  • Step by step procedures for “doing” advocacy
  • Workbook
  • Key letter/correspondence templates
  • Access to webinars to review key information
  • List of important resources

The location of this event is TO BE DETERMINED.

The cost of this workshop is $35 for members of Autism Ontario and $90 for non-members. Lunch is to be provided. Registration for this event will begin at 8:30 AM and will end at 9:00 AM. Space is limited - we will only be accepting 50 people.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding this workshop, please contact Livia at or call the office at 519-250-1893.

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