PAAC on SEAC

PAAC, and its member organizations, encourage valuable partnerships among trustees, educators, voluntary associations and parents.

What’s New

  • Updated PAAC on SEAC Effective Practices Handbook for SEAC members, available online in English and French
    • PDF versions of the handbook can be downloaded here:  English and French
  • New Training Video Modules for SEAC members
    • Purpose of a Special Education Advisory Committee
    • Roles and Responsibilities
    • Meeting Process

These new materials were made possible by a Parent Reaching Out Grant through the Ministry of Education. The views and ideas included in the guide and videos belong to the members of the Provincial Parent Associations Advisory Committee on Special Education Advisory Committees (PAAC on SEAC) and do not necessarily reflect those of the Ministry of Education.

  • PAAC members have conducted provincial surveys of SEAC membership, practices and training needs, and have created and distributed:
    • PAAC on SEAC Survey Results 2014 & Comparison to 2009 Click here to read (PDF File)
    • PAAC on SEAC Survey 2014: Executive Summary & PAAC on SEAC Response Click here to read (PDF File)

Purpose of a Special Education Advisory Committee

Roles and Responsibilities

Meeting Process

The Provincial Parent Association Advisory Committee on Special Education Advisory Committees (PAAC on SEAC) was established in 1983 and is the only group in Ontario that brings together provincial parent associations to communicate and co-operate on issues pertaining to SEACs.

Special Education Advisory Committees (SEACs) are set up by each Board of Education under Regulation 464/97 to:

  • make recommendations to the board with respect to any matter affecting the establishment, development, and delivery of special education programs and services for exceptional pupils of the board;
  • participate in the board’s annual review of its special education plan;
  • participate in the board’s annual budget process as it relates to special education;
  • review the financial statements of the board as they relate to special education;
  • provide information to parents, as requested.

PAAC, and its member organizations, encourage valuable partnerships among trustees, educators, voluntary associations and parents. PAAC on SEAC members have been working closely to improve SEAC effectiveness and communication, and to assist Ontario’s students with special education needs through our shared advocacy.

PAAC on SEAC has an extensive communication network, through which our member associations can reach SEAC members in a majority of the province’s school boards. The provincial parent associations and their representatives are valuable resources not only to each other and to SEACs but also to the Ministry of Education, school board officials, service providers, parents and the community at large.

PAAC on SEAC meets about 8 times per year. We receive updates from the Ministry of Education concerning changes in government policies and programs and we provide feedback about implications relating to SEAC members.

PAAC members have conducted provincial surveys of SEAC membership, practices and training needs, and have created and distributed:

PAAC on SEAC currently has 16 member provincial parent associations and invites other provincial parent associations that support SEAC members to join.

To find out more, please contact the Co-Chairs, Alison Morse and Katie Muirhead at: info@paac-seac.ca

Written correspondence may be directed to the PAAC on SEAC Secretary:
C/O
Tourette Canada
245-5955 Airport Road
Mississauga ON, L4V 1R9

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