District School Board Education Panel
The education panel members shared the ways in which they supported schools in learning how to promote reflection, honour community, and support authentic collaboration among staff, students, and parents when aspiring to meet the strengths and needs of all students on the autism spectrum. More specifically, they shared system, school level, and classroom practices that demonstrated genuine respect for students and their families. These practices included: holding high expectations for all learners from linguistic and culturally diverse backgrounds; engaging in deep listening to learn more about their values, beliefs and attitudes about education; and how best to include the strengths, home culture, and lived experiences into the learning environment of the classroom. Finally, the panel members communicated the on-going challenges and barriers they are confronting in meeting the needs of all students on the autism spectrum, and how they are continuing to learn from others on how to remove such barriers to inclusive and quality education for all students.
Panelists were representing Toronto District School Board; York Region District School Board; Halton Catholic District School Board
From TDSB Maria Antonia Aymerich and Randolph Sealy (Social Workers – ASD Teams)
From YRDSB Melissa Mccammon and Kim Ford (Special Education Consultants -ASD)
From HCDSB Dr. Brendan Browne (Superintendent of Education/Special Services)