A local association member is nominated to SEAC as a representative for a particular association, which may represent families of children with one or more specific exceptionalities. However, a member of SEAC is expected to consider special education programs and services and make recommendations that are in the best interests of all students with special education needs. This requires the members to both understand the unique needs of a specific group of children and be able to consider and make recommendations in the interests of all students with special education needs.
PAAC on SEAC recommends that the SEAC member, representing a parent association, should be provided with training and orientation by the local association and/or the provincial parent association. The training and resources should include copies of all of the relevant association special education policies and position statements of the parent association.
Each provincial parent association that is eligible to nominate SEAC members, has a responsibility to develop the capacity to support local associations and their SEAC members. PAAC on SEAC recommends that each provincial parent association develop mechanisms to provide information and training to the SEAC members who represent them. The structure and organization of the provincial parent association may vary, but each provincial parent association needs the capacity to provide SEAC members with up to date information about the students they represent; the latest changes in special education at the provincial level; and be able to collect and use the information from SEAC members.