Special Education students are encouraged to use assistive technology to enhance their learning. Technology includes computer based applications such as Premier and Kurzweil (talking word processors and much more), which are available here at Turner Fenton S.S. and other supports such as the LiveScribe pen, which individual families provide for their children. Equipment provided through SEA claims is tracked through the Special Education department. Students who require access to specialized equipment during class time or for exams, may attend the Contact Room and work there.
Premier Assistive Technology has created a wide assortment of tools that make your computer read to you. Peel District School board has made these programs available for you to use at home. Have your computer read your favourite web page, PDF file, email, homework, or even read a book. There is also a program on this site that will let you convert your documents into audio files so you can listen to them on your MP3 player. These tools are also great for proofreading and editing your homework
You can go to www.PremierAtHome.com and download and install the products you need.
Access the Parent Memo from Premier for more information.
Your Time Counts
Completing 40 Hours of Volunteer Work
All students graduating with an Ontario Secondary School Diploma are required to complete 40 hours of volunteer work. Forms for recording these hours, with signatures, are available in the Guidance Office in the North Hall and in the South Hall Office.
Once the 40 hours are completed and signed off, the student should make a photocopy for their own records and hand in the original signed document to the Principal’s office.
Students should consider continuing their volunteer work once the required hours are completed.
Students graduating with an Ontario Certificate of Education are not required to complete these 40 hours but are encouraged to participate to the best of their ability.
The Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test
The OSSLT assesses whether students have acquired the literacy (reading and writing) skills expected by The Ontario Curriculum across all subjects up to the end of Grade 9.
Students identified as “exceptional” are allowed accommodations as per their IEPs while writing the OSSLT. This may include scribing, verbatim reading, access to Premier Assistive technology or extended time allowances.
More information is available at the following link:
As well, all Grade 10 students are prepared for the test during their classes coming up to test day. On that day, only students involved in the Literacy Test will attend school.
Students in the Vocational One program are not required to write the OSSLT.
Peel District School Board Online Links
Peel District School Board
Special Education Programs
Categories of Exceptionalities in Special Education
Shared Solutions: A Guide to Preventing and Resolving Conflicts regarding Programs and Services for Students with Special Education Needs
Community Agency Partners available in Peel
Brampton-Caledon Community Living provides support and empowers people who have an intellectual disability, in partnership with their families and the community, to lead enriched and meaningful lives
ErinoakKids provides a comprehensive range of treatment, rehabilitation and support services to children with disabilities and their families each year.
Geneva Centre for Autism - Youth Services offers a wide range of services to youth and adults with an Autism Spectrum Disorder
Kerry's Place Autism Services provides Community Outreach services, psychological and family support services to people with an ASD and accommodation supports.
KidsPathways Peel provides service coordination for children and youth up to 18 with special needs, living in Peel Region
Kinark Child and Family Services children’s mental health organization providing help to children and youth, families and communities
Learning Disabilities Associations of North Peel provides leadership in learning disabilities advocacy, research, education and services and advances the full participation of children, youth and adults with learning disabilities in today’s society.
Pathways in Education Peel provides educational resources to families of students with a developmental disability, educators and developmental service providers in the Region of Peel.
Peel Children's Centre offers many excellent treatment services for children, teenagers, and families who are having serious issues with relationships, feelings, or behaviour.
YMCA of Greater Toronto and Mississauga offers a wide range of free services including counselling, educational workshops and referrals.
Crisis Links and Numbers
Learning Strategies Level 1 (LS1)
LS1 will be offered to students able to work at the APPLIED or ACADEMIC level but whose learning needs are significant:
- influenced by a Learning Disability, ADHD
- need for remedial support in basic numeracy/literacy
- need for transition support to work or post - secondary education
Curriculum support for these students is provided in the GLE 1O7, 2O7, 3O7, 4O7 courses (maximum of 4 credits).
Learning Strategies Level 2 (LS2)
LS2 will be offered to students as supplemental support to Level 1 (in the semester when GLE is not scheduled) or as a stand-alone delivery of support for students who require on-going monitoring and assistance, but may not require or benefit more intensive intervention offered through the GLE credit. This placement provides on-going support as directed by the student’s IEP for example:
- Access to word processors for written assignments
- Time extensions for formal assessment
- Specific instructional accommodations (visual cuing, organizational supports)need for transition support to work or post - secondary education
- Assistance to reduce frustration
- On-going support for literacy development
- Support and monitoring to improve personal management skills