In Ontario, students who have special educational needs because of physical, emotional, intellectual, or other reasons attend elementary and high schools along with other students. Schools encourage students to participate as fully as possible in the life of the school. Some students may require special programs or services that are different from other students and designed to accommodate their particular circumstances.
All school boards in Ontario have policies and programs for children with special educational needs. Parents who believe their children require special programming should expect to work closely with school officials to develop an educational plan that best suits their child.
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Special Education Tip Sheet
Provides information about special education programs, student assessment, individual education plans, the Identification Placement and Review Committee and the role of parents. Available in Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, French, Korean, Punjabi, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Pilipino (Tagalog), Tamil, and Urdu.
Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP)
Information about OSAP and the student loans, grants, bursaries, scholarships and other financial assistance offered by the Ontario government. There is a full online directory
of OSAP aid programs and an online OSAP aid estimator tool
. Grants are available for students with disabilities and those in other special circumstances. Applicants can apply and check their application status online.
Student Loans & Grants
A guide to financial assistance available from the Canadian government for full- and part-time students. Includes information on various loan options, as well as grants available for students with dependants, with permanent disabilities, and who come from low and middle-income families. Also includes details on how to apply, eligible amounts, tracking the money, and repayment after graduation.
Frontenac Community Mental Health & Addiction Services (FCMHAS)
A non-profit organization providing a variety of services to those with mental health and/or addiction issues. Services include community, mental health, court, addiction, housing and vocational (job and career) support. A Family Resource Centre is available, as is a 24-hour crisis line.
Centralized Childcare Registry and Information Service (CCRIS)
The official online childcare registry and waitlist service for the City of Kingston and County of Frontenac. This website provides a directory of available childcare options searchable by availability, location, age group, and type of care (home, centre, school, etc.) and program (half-day, full-day, after school, etc.). Sign up to receive notification of available childcare spaces.
About the Student Services Department
Information on the Algonquin and Lakeshore Catholic District School Board’s special education program. Includes a contact list and various downloadable documents, such as the Annual Accessibility Plan and necessary forms.