Past news and events
Today's Parent Article
We were quoted in the September 2015 issue of Today's Parent in an article "How to help your gifted kid thrive".
It is with great sadness that the Executive wishes to inform our members of the passing of David Croome, past president of ABC Ontario from 2013-2014, on June 29, 2015. David will be remembered for his tireless advocacy for the needs of Gifted children in Ontario and his extraordinary commitment to ABC Ontario through the Peel chapter over many years. We extend our heartfelt condolences to his family. A Memorial Fund has been set up in his memory and donations to the fund can be made through the Canadahelps.org link here
Ontario's New Special Needs Strategy
The government of Ontario launched a new strategy to meet the needs of families with special needs. It is a strategy that incorporates four Ministries : Ministry of Children and Youth Services, Ministry of Education, Health and Long Term Care and Community and Social Services.
Webinar presentation on coordinated Service Planning
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ABC Ontario submitted a response to the Special Needs Strategy highlighting twice-exceptional needs of some students in the Gifted population and the needed focus on mental health issues that gifted students may face.
Additional Qualification Course
COURSE OFFERED FOR TEACHERS - SUMMER 2015
Teaching Students with Intellectual Needs - Giftedness
Redeemer University College in Hamilton, Ontario is offering this accredited Additional Qualification (AQ) Course for teachers in Ontario. The in-class /online course is accredited by the Ontario College of Teachers for continuing professional development. For further information see the link below or contact Shalena Neven, Continuing Teacher Education Coordinator,
, 905-648-2139 X 4524
Review of Gifted Definition
The Ministry of Education is currently reviewing definitions for categories of exceptionalities used in Special Education in Ontario. The Gifted definition is also currently under review and ABC Ontario met with Barry Finlay, Director of the Special Education Policy and Program Branch and Paul Grogan, Education Officer, on March 27, 2015.
The release of the new definition is expected soon and ABC Ontario has requested the opportunity to provide feedback as a stakeholder for the Ministry's new Guidelines for implementation to school boards, which would follow afterwards.
A letter to the Minister of Education from ABC Ontario with this request was sent March 30, 2015.
ABC Ontario recognizes the Ontario Ministry of Education for its support of the conference and is grateful for the Parents Reaching Out Grant received from the Ministry which made the conference possible. ABC Ontario would also like to thank our Sponsors : University of Guelph, Humber Early Childhood Degree Completion (Gold sponsor) , 401 Games, Partners in Research/Partenaires en recherche, Inflamax Research Inc and Rotogran.
Many thanks to Barb Cyr and Ron Salapatek and many other volunteers of the Peel Chapter who worked tirelessly to pull together a great conference in February.
A conference survey will be emailed to conference participants shortly. Many thanks for your anticipated feedback as it will be important information for the planning of the next conference.
A new provincial executive was elected at the Annual General Meeting held during the conference. Names and contact info are listed on the About Us page. The new executive welcomes your comments, ideas and suggestions to further offer great service to our membership.
ABC IS ADVOCATING FOR STUDENTS: read the letters to find out what we've written about TCDSB and TDSB.
Your voice is critical. Let us know what your thoughts are about how your child's school is meeting their needs. Email us email@example.com
Sunday, September 17, 12:30 - 5 p.m. at Northern Secondary School (851 Mt. Pleasant Avenue, Toronto) we heard exceptional speakers on 2E!
Twice Exceptional Mini Conference