VOICE has appointed as many as 40 Special Education Advisory Committee (SEAC) representatives on school boards across the Province of Ontario to share their understanding of the needs of deaf and hard of hearing students. Contact the VOICE National office firstname.lastname@example.org for a SEAC representative in your community.
The Purpose of SEACs
SEAC representatives and alternates represent and focus on the interests of all exceptional students. Committees are composed of board trustees, administrators and volunteers from the community as well as local agencies representing children with special needs. Every school board in Ontario is required by the Education Act to establish a Special Education Advisory Committee. Anyone can attend SEAC meetings as an observer.
The purpose of a SEAC as set out in the governing legislation is to make recommendations to the board in respect of any matter affecting the establishment, development and delivery of special education programs and services for exceptional pupils of the board.
Before making a decision about any recommendation, the board is required to provide an opportunity for the SEAC to be heard before the board and any committee to which the recommendation has been referred. However, the board is not required to accept or implement a recommendation of the SEAC. In addition, the board must ensure that the SEAC is provided with the opportunity to participate in the annual review of its special education plan, participate in the annual budget process to the extent that it relates to special education and review the financial statements of the board as they relate to special education.
For additional information refer to the Ontario Ministry of Education and Training at: