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Special Education and Support Services


Dufferin-Peel Catholic schools provide a spectrum of programs and services to meet the needs of all students. Keeping the student at the centre, Special Education and Support Services practice is rooted in the home school community and supports students by promoting accessibility, honouring diversity and mutual respect and by demonstrating transparency and fairness.

The home school can provide general information and student specific information and rights regarding programs and services available within Dufferin-Peel. The home school may also provide guidance regarding appropriate referral information to the Family of Schools Special Education Consultant and/or Special Education and Support Services Department.

Responding to God's call, the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board fosters and nourishes a safe, caring, inclusive and healthy education community rooted in tradition and scripture. Our Catholic culture, supported through the home, parish and school community including trustees, staff and/or community associations invites students into a deeper relationship with, and understanding of, Christ.

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Guided by principles within the Ministry documents  Learning for All and Special Education Transformation, we recognize that "fairness is not sameness" and that each student is unique. We are committed to supporting one student at a time. Within our Catholic culture, and through personalized and precise programs and services, we promote success for all students through a cycle of continuous assessment for learning.

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As supported by the Ontario Ministry of Education's Shared Solutions and in order to create a culture of collaboration, Dufferin-Peel promotes positive school climates and endeavours to establish effective lines of communication among home, parish and school community. Keeping the student at the centre, Special Education and Support Services practice is rooted in the home school community and supports students by promoting accessibility, honouring diversity and mutual respect and by demonstrating transparency and fairness. 

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The 2010-2015 Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board Strategic Plan Core Principles, focusing on Catholicity, Learning Environment, Community Engagement, Parish-Home-School and Physical Environment provide further direction for education initiatives within a Catholic context and serve as a foundation for future planning in Special Education and Support Services. 

The Special Education Department, special education and support staff, system leaders and educational stakeholders work as a community to support the provision of programs and services through the Catholic Board Learning Plan that foster independence and promote growth for all students through team planning, staff collaboration and student participation in authentic learning opportunities.

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