The Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) is an advisory body consulted on the services for handicapped students and students with social maladjustments or learning disabilities.
According to the Education Act (s. 185, 186), every school board shall establish an advisory committee composed of:
• Parents of the students concerned, designated by the Parents’ Committee (must be a parent of a handicapped student or student with social maladjustments or learning disabilities);
• Representatives of the teachers, of the members of the non-teaching professional staff and of the members of the support staff, designated by the associations which represent them in their dealings with the school board and elected from among the persons who provide services to the students concerned;
• Representatives of bodies which provide services to handicapped students or to students with social maladjustments or learning disabilities, designated by the council of commissioners after consulting with
• A school principal designated by the director general.
The representatives of the parents must constitute the majority of the members of the committee; consequently, there should be a minimum of seven parents’
The Director General or her representative takes part in the SEAC meetings, but is not entitled to vote. The council of commissioners determines the number of representatives from each group.
Role & Responsbilities
SEAC’s role is to advise the school board on a policy for the organization of educational services to handicapped students and students with social maladjustments or learning disabilities. In addition, this committee advises the school board on the allocation of financial resources to the services intended for those students.
The committee may also advise the school board on the implementation of an
individualized education plan for a handicapped student or a student with social maladjustments or learning disabilities. They may also advise regarding exemption from school attendance for these students (at the parents’ request), as well as influence the decisions made regarding the negotiation of agreements with an educational agency or that offers services adapted to these students.
How to join
At the beginning of the school year the school board calls for nominations to the committee. Information may be disseminated at your school and can be found on the school board website. The Parents’ Committee selects the members from the nominated parents.
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