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Navigating Special Education processes can be difficult. JFCY has developed short videos and a written guide to support students & families navigating the special education system.


Also available on the JFCY video page and YouTube (@JFCYOntario playlist):

  Education 101

 Special Education 101

  Identification Placement Review Committee (IPRC)

  Exceptionalities and Placements

  Appeals Process

  Individual Education Plan (IEP)


Written Guide

The Special Education in Ontario: A Guide for Students and Caregivers is available for download below, in full or section-by-section. There are also five flowcharts on the main processes available to print below.

  Full Guide


Individual Sections of the Guide

  Introduction to Special Education in Ontario

  The Identification, Placement, and Review Committee (IPRC)

  Appealing the IPRC Decision

  The Individual Education Plan (IEP)

  Glossary and Resources


Flowcharts contained in the Guide:

 Journey Through Special Education

 Identification, Placement and Review Committe (IPRC) Process

  Appeals – After the IPRC Process

  Important Deadlines for Appeals

The Individual Education Plan (IEP) Process



Enhancing Access to Special Education (EASE) is a project focused on developing resources to support students & families to navigate the special education system.

Thank you to all the students, parents, caregivers, community support workers and educators for being involved; and sharing your experiences and expertise in navigating special education processes. Based on the feedback and recommendations, we have developed a comprehensive guide (available below) and continue to develop other resources.

Instagram @jfcy.ease

The EASE project was generously funded by the Ministry of Education

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