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Ministry Criteria

Ministry Criteria

A severe learning disorder that is characterized by:

a) disturbances in:
       - rate of educational development;
       - ability to relate to the environment;
       - mobility;
       - perception, speech, and language;

b) lack of the representational-symbolic behaviour that precedes language.

Board Criteria

The student's behaviour meets the DSM-IV criteria for:

- Autism Spectrum Disorder/Pervasive Developmental Disorder
       - Asperger's Disorder
       - Autistic Disorder
       - Childhood Disintegrative Disorder
       - Pervasive Developmental Disorder - not otherwise specified
       - Rett's Disorder

AND

- Documentation that provides evidence which indicates that communication, social and/or self-regulation difficulties are having a negative impact on educational performance.

Requirements

- A written report from a member of the College of Physicians and Surgeons or the College of Psychologists (or an individual directly supervised by a member) which provides a diagnosis of the disorder.

- Supportive documentation would include written reports from a Resource Teacher - Autism, a Resource Teacher - Behaviour and/or a Speech-Language Pathologist.

External Resources

Autism Ontario:
http://www.autismontario.com/

Ministry of Education: Special Education
http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/parents/spece ...

Rose Cook

Please contact Rose Cook at cookr@hwcdsb.ca