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Toronto Catholic District School Board

Special education
 
The Special Education Plan for the TCDSB, developed to address the needs of exceptional students, is in compliance with the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the Ontario Human Rights Code, the Education Act and regulations under the Act.
 
In partnership with families, the parish and the community, our Catholic education system is directed at developing the full spiritual, physical, academic, cognitive, social and emotional well being of each student. Through their learning experiences, students develop a sense of self-worth and dignity as members of the people of God and are able to make a useful contribution in a complex and changing society.

Inherent in these beliefs is the recognition that all students, regardless of exceptionality, are entitled to education in the most enabling environment. The exceptional student is a unique child of God and has a right to be part of the mainstream of education, to the extent to which it is practical and beneficial.


In order to provide an education in the most enabling environment, TCDSB advocates the principle of integration as part of a range of services/programs which includes modification of the regular class program, withdrawal and congregated placement, and itinerant services.
Inclusion of the special needs student in our schools can be summed up: "We invite you to become active participants in the process of Catholic Education. We urge you to bring your energy, enthusiasm and generosity to the task of building a Catholic community within your school and to shaping the vision of Catholic education"

"….The integrity of Catholic education does not and cannot rest solely on the shoulders of a few individuals or belong only to certain groups of people….." "We are bound together by a common faith and in common service."