While the primary responsibility for special needs students lies with the classroom teacher, the resources of the Special Education Resource Teacher are made available, when required. There are a number of roles the Resource Teacher may serve, including;
– proving support to the classroom teacher
– administering educational assessments
– providing a withdrawal plan for exceptional students
– assisting in the developing and implementation of modified/differentiated programming
– facilitating the Identification, Placement and Review Committee (IPRC) process
It is a basic policy in the curricula for Ontario that individual differences are to be accommodated to the greatest extent possible. A Learning Strategies course (GLE) is available in all grades to assist students identified with learning difficulties with their organizational skills and unique learning styles.
Lasalle also offers enriched programs for talented or gifted students in English, Mathematics, French, Francais, Science, and Music.
The Transition Program offers students with intellectual disabilities the opportunity to achieve a high school certificate, which would lead to the workplace. Students work towards attaining 30 non-credit courses. During the year, students from grade 9 through 12 are offered co-op at various local businesses. This program enables students to develop social and life skills, practice reading, writing, and math, and gain practical experience in the workplace. Students in the Transition Program also have the opportunity to integrate into certain credit courses while attending Lasalle.
Transition Student Graduates:
Students who successfully complete a combination of 30 credit and non-credit courses are given a high school certificate of accomplishment. Students are able to enter the workforce directly or enroll into a program such as Cambrian College’s Building Bridges (a workplace preparation program).
Life Skills Program
The Life Skills Program offers students with developmental disabilities the opportunity to learn life skills, social skills, obtain work experience, and learn functional academics appropriate to their level of ability. Students take courses such as Language and Mathematics with a focus on functional learning in these areas. This is supplemented with real life learning experiences through field trips, hands-on activities, and community involvement. Additionally, each student receives training on how to use assistive technology and participates in a work experience program each year.
Life Skills Graduates:
In order to obtain the Certificate of Accomplishment for the program, students must successfully complete 30 non-credit courses. Some students will have the opportunity to attend Cambrian College’s Building Bridges Program while other students will pursue assisted living opportunities and volunteer and/or paid work opportunities.