School District No. 27 (Cariboo-Chilcotin) has a number of students with special needs whose educational program needs to be supported in order for them to meet with success. Students with special needs have disabilities of an intellectual, learning, physical, sensory or emotional / behavioural nature, or have exceptional gifts or talents.
The education of students with special needs is a complex issue which requires a variety of responses depending on the needs of the individual. Ministry guidelines state that, “To the maximum extent possible, special education services should be organized for delivery at the school level”.
The Support Services Staff assist schools in developing programs that will be effective in supporting students at the school level. Most specialist staff engage in the assessment of students to determine the level of support or program modification required to meet student needs.
Staff are involved in consultation with students, parents, administrators, teachers, teacher assistants and other professionals. They attend school-based team meetings and case conferences where plans are developed to meet the needs of individual students. Often they assist school based personnel in the development of Individual Education Plans (IEPs) for specific students.
The mission of Student Support Services, as part of School District No. 27, is to facilitate and support student development and learning by promoting an environment which allows students to acquire the necessary knowledge, skills and attitudes for life long learning. To effectively support the student, services may be provided to the student, parents, teachers, principals and others.
Support Services provides assistance to students who fall under the following categories:
- Physically Dependent
- Deaf / Blind
- Moderate to Severe Profound Intellectual Disability
- Physical Disabilities or Chronic Health Impairments
- Visual Impairment
- Deaf or Hard of Hearing
- Intensive Behaviour Interventions / Serious Mental Illness
- Mild Intellectual Disability
- Learning Disabilities
- Moderate Behaviour Support / Mental Illness
Silvia Dubray manages both Support Services offices.
The Williams Lake Office is located next to Cataline Elementary.
The 100 Mile House office is located at Peter Skene Ogden Secondary School.