Special Education at St. Paul C.S.S.
Each one called by name … (Isaiah 43:1) To be nourished, to be sustained, to grow to the fullest extent of his/her gifts and abilities.
The St. Paul C.S.S. community provides a spectrum of programs and services to meet the needs of all students. The Special Education and Learning Services Department supports exceptional students by ensuring accessibility and respect for all and honouring the importance of diversity, transparency and fairness.
Some students may require special considerations to enable them to fulfill their potential. The Ontario Ministry of Education classifies students as exceptional by category as follows:
- Behaviour Exceptionalities
- Communication Exceptionalities: Autism, Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Language Impairment, Speech Impairment, Learning Disabilities.
- Intellectual Exceptionalities: Giftedness, Mild Intellectual Disability, Developmental Disabilities
- Physical Exceptionalities: Physical/Medical Disabilities, Blind / Low Vision, Deaf and Blind
- Multiple Exceptionaities: a combination of two or more of the above.
The St. Paul C. S. S. community believes that all students have the right to fully participate and be included in all aspects of our school programs. The unique learning strengths and needs of each learner are respected, valued and nurtured to ensure all students can succeed. Some students benefit from additional support to fulfill their potential. A support plan is outlined in an Individual Education Plan (IEP) and is based on educational assessment information or recommendations from a psychologist, medical or healthcare professional. An IEP outlines the students' learning strengths and learning needs and recommended accommodations to instruction, environment, and/or assessment that support full inclusion, improved achievement and student well-being.