Special Education


The Special Education Department recognizes that education must address the unique strengths and needs of all students. It is, therefore, understood that all students have the right to quality education and to develop to their fullest potential. Our Special Education Programs are totally integrated into all aspects of the school environment. The Special Education Resource Teachers (SERTs) work collaboratively with staff member in a variety of ways:

  • Assisting with program modifications and accommodations;
  • Providing in-class support;
  • Developing individual educational plans;
  • Supporting the inclusion of exceptional pupils within the classroom.

It is the role of the Special Education support services to empower and encourage the school’s community to meet the individual needs of all students.


Mr. L. Agnew – I-SERT BLV

Ms. Boychuk – Special Education Teacher/SERT

Ms. S. Bradley – GLE Teacher/SERT

Ms. L. Cianciolo-Bour – GLE Teacher/SERT

Ms. T. Johnson – GEL Teacher/SERT

Ms. S. Joseph – Special Education Department Head


Ms. L. Falzon-Dimech

Ms. N. Frendo

Ms. B. Mestriner-Hilario

Ms. J. Osatchuk

Ms. U. Rehan

Ms. J. Tielemans


GLE10 and GLE20 Learning Strategies:  Skills for Success in Secondary School

This course focuses on learning strategies to help student become more independent learners.  Students will learn how to develop and apply literacy and numeracy skills, personal management skills and interpersonal and teamwork skills to improve their learning and achievement in school, the workplace and the community.  The course helps students build confidence and motivation to pursue opportunities for success in secondary school and beyond.

GLE10 Program Emphasis

The year one GLE course places an emphasis on understanding how and what can be done to improve learning throughout secondary school including study strategies, time management skills and digital literacy skills.  An important goal of GLE10 is to improve self-awareness and build self-advocacy skills needed to foster independence.

GLE20 Program Emphasis

The year two GLE course continues to build on skills, strengths and independence goals with a focus on improving organization skills  A primary focus is continuing to develop critical thinking skills as these are required when students write the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT).

GLE30 and GLE40 Learning Strategies:  Skills for Success after Secondary School

This course improves students’ learning and personal management skills, preparing them to make successful transitions to work, training, and/or post secondary education destinations.  Students will assess their learning abilities and use literacy, numeracy and research skills and personal management techniques to maximize their learning.  Students will investigate trends and resources to support their post secondary employment, training, and/or education choices and develop a plan to help meet their learning and career goals.

GLE30 Program Emphasis

The year three GLE places on emphasis on evaluating, planning and choosing programs that will support possible pathways beyond secondary school.  Self-advocacy continues to be developed with a focus on greater independence and developing SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Results based, Timely) goals for their future.  The future paths explored relate to workplace, apprenticeships, college and or university placements.

GLE40 Program Emphasis

The year four GLE places an emphasis on applying to and choosing a post-secondary program.  Students will explore future careers and learn how to write an effective resume along with develop an understanding of financial aid, bursaries and scholarships.  Students are provided the opportunity to directly connect with staff from Accessibility Centers from various Universities and Colleges in order to have a better understanding of accessing and utilizing accommodations post-secondary.  Click here www.transitionresourceguide.ca to get accessibility information for the Universities and Colleges in Ontario.

AUTISM Scholarships and Information

Autism Ontario offers three categories of scholarships.  Awards are offered to individuals on the spectrum, siblings of an individual on the spectrum and the child of a parent on the spectrum, all entering their first year of post-secondary education.  If you would like more information visit www.autismontario.com

ACCESSIBLE Learning Services


Mohawk Accessible Learning Services will be delivering Project Connect on Thursday, August 23, 2018 from 8:00 am – 4:30 pm.  This workshop will focus on self-advocacy, educational technology, Mohawk’s learning management system and much more.  There will also be sessions for parents/guardians and students with Autism.  For more information contact Accessible Learning Services at 905.575.2211


Accessible Learning Services is offering two different programs this summer.  Any student who identifies as having a disability and is starting Fall 2018 can attend.  For more information contact them at http://humber.ca/student-life/swac/accessible-learning/easy-start

They are inviting confirmed Fall 2018 students with disabilities, barriers to learning, or an IEP to our event that will provide resources and information to assist these students with transitioning to their studies at Humber College and the University of Guelph-Humber. The program includes interactive opportunities to explore Humber and Guelph-Humber’s services and learn about accessing academic accommodations.  Students and one guest will have the opportunity to meet with returning students registered with Accessible Learning Services and learn about their experience here at Humber/Guelph-Humber.

We will also be hosting an optional second event designed for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder; this event will be taking place on August 24th, 2018 and is designed to advise and inform individuals who identify with ASD. During this event we will address the student’s questions and concerns, as well as provide strategies to benefit students with ASD.


McMaster University’s Student Accessibility Services (SAS) provides support to students with a disability, similar to the accommodations in place from an IEP in high school. We also offer additional supports including assistive technology, learning strategies, library accessibility services and a transition program to help incoming students transition into university.

Our Summer Transition Series helps students learn about our services, how to activate their accommodations, how to speak to their professors about their accommodations, how to use the library, and more. Parent/guardian information sessions also run concurrently with our student orientation sessions, offering parents/guardians guidance on how to best support their students’ transition to university. For dates/times please visit our website:www.sas.mcmaster.ca/transition

We encourage students to register with SAS as early as possible. Students can visit the SAS website (www.sas.mcmaster.ca) for more information on how to register with us.

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