2017/18 Pilot to Improve School-Based Supports for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)
Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board is very excited to share with you that Viscount Montgomery Elementary School has been selected as the site in the one-year Ministry of Education and Ministry of Children and Youth Services pilot to improve school-based supports for children and youth with Autismn Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families.
As previously announced by the Ministry of Education, the pilot has two approaches:
- providing dedicated space for autism services on school site; and,
- offering targeted EA training.
These approaches are important steps towards greater collaboration between external ABA practitioners and school-based services as well as supporting equity and inclusive practices for students with ASD.
- HWDSB is partnering with external ABA clinicians from Hamilton Health Sciences – Ron Joyce Children’s Health Centre to come into the school and deliver services to students with autism.
- The pilot allows for one school site per participating pilot board. The Ministry is deliberately focusing on a small number school sites this year in order to take a measured approach. This will help them to learn how we can improve outcomes for students, their families, schools and communities going forward.
- The EA training course is currently under development and it is expected to be available beginning in early 2018.
- We are in the process of hiring an additional full-time ABA Expertise Professional with a Board Certified Behaviour Analyst (BCBA) certification to support our teachers and EAs to improve supports for students with ASD.
- We will be working closely with the Ministry of Education and external researcher as the pilot is implemented.
- We will continue to work closely with our community partners to improve how we support all students, including those with autism.
If you have any further questions, please contact our Project Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.