Autism/Adapted Skills ProgramOctober 31, 2022
In 1978 the School Board approved a proposal to integrate students with special needs into a regular school setting. In the fall of that year fifteen students with special needs from the Ellen Douglass School joined the students at Lord Roberts. Two teachers accompanied these students to act as support staff. The following year the transition was completed and the total Ellen Douglass staff was relocated so there was no reduction in support services for these students. The two schools had become one.
Winnipeg School Division provides appropriate educational programming to students through a continuum of programming support and services. This approach is consistent with Manitoba Education's Appropriate Educational Programming: Standards for Student Services (2006) (pdf), http://www.edu.gov.mb.ca/k12/specedu/aep/
Inclusion is a way of thinking and acting that allows every individual to feel accepted, valued, and safe. An inclusive community consciously evolves to meet the changing needs of its members. Through recognition and support, an inclusive community provides meaningful involvement and equal access to the benefits of citizenship.
Inclusion is not a place; it is a two-part process that requires:
- understanding what a student needs to succeed academically, socially, and emotionally; and
- developing a student-specific plan to address those needs.
This planning involves the parents/guardians, the school support team, and other school division staff and community agencies as required.
The continuum of support begins with the provincial curriculum taught in the regular classroom of students' neighbourhood school; additional supports from the continuum are determined by student need as determined by the team. These additional supports and services may include:
- Differentiated instruction
- Adaptations to classroom environment
- Adaptations to curriculum and instruction
- Additional supports through Inclusion Support Services
- Decreasing adult to student ratios in order to provide direct instruction and/or supervision to student in a small group or one-to-one for periods of time, as required.
- Resource / school counsellor
- Clinical support (from Clinical Support Services)
- Modifications to curriculum and instruction to match student's development and current level of functioning.
- Specialized alternative placement in WSD
- Specialized placement in a community setting
Lord Roberts and Manitoba Education
Manitoba Education is committed to foster inclusion for all people. Inclusion is a way of thinking and acting that allows every individual to feel accepted, valued and safe. An inclusive community consciously evolves to meet the changing needs of its members. Through recognition and support, an inclusive community provides meaningful involvement and equal access to the benefits of citizenship. In Manitoba, we embrace inclusion as a means of enhancing the well-being of every member of the community. By working together, we strengthen our capacity to provide the foundation for a richer future for all of us.