Burnaby School District (SD41)

Transition – Who does what and when?


Family, High School, CLBC & MCFD –  Who does what & when?


Timeline for Parents & Caregivers:

Community Living BC’s Basic Transition Guide:

Roles and Tasks of Team Members:

Transition Planning Framework – Cross Ministry Policy:


Burnaby SD#41 and Inclusive Education

Contact Information 2013/14:



Into Adulthood, Guidelines and Best Practices:


CLBC – Eligibility & Basic Information:

Transition Planning Process:  http://www.communitylivingbc.ca/individuals-families/youth-in-transition/

Information for families, also available in different languages:  http://www.communitylivingbc.ca/policies-publications/publications/fact-sheets/

Eligibility Policy and Assessor Report:  http://www.communitylivingbc.ca/policies-publications/policies/eligibility-for-clbc-february-2009/


Post Secondary Links:

Douglas College, Adult Special Education:  http://www.douglas.bc.ca/programs/basic-occupational-education.html

Vancouver Community College, Adult Special Education:  http://www.vcc.ca/programs-courses/detail.cfm?div_id=4&prog_id=148

  • Contact:  Maureen Mills:  604.443.8451 or Kathy O’Donnell:  604.443.8434 or  kodonnell@vcc.c

Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Access Programs for People with Disabilities:  http://www.kwantlen.ca/aca/appd.html

Capilano University, Accces to work program:   http://www2.capilanou.ca/programs/access.html

Steps Forward - BC Initiative for Inclusive Post-Secondary Education:  http://www.steps-forward.org/




The best type of IEP goals are SMART or:

S  Specific

M Measurable

A  Action words are used

R  Realistic and Relevant

T  Time limited

Some links to how to write effective Individual Education Plan goals:

Comprehensive overview of SMART IEPs: http://www.wrightslaw.com/bks/feta/ch12.ieps.pdf

Ideas for SMART goals:


You should also connect with the local, national and international organizations that represent your child’s special need.  These organizations will have disability-specific hints and tips for you, your child and your family.

Top Ten Tips for a New School Year


*upated 2012*

1. Be patient, the start of a new school year is always a challenge until things settle down and order gets established.

2. If you have a child with challenges, try to meet with the teacher as soon as possible.

3. Inquire early in the school year about your child’s IEP – try and have it done before the end of October. Advocate that it been done asap. This is important because it sets the stage for the whole year.

4. Read the BCACL’s booklet on Inclusive Education it is well-written and informative. The E Book has great live links.

5.  Introduce yourself to the principal. In my experience, the principal sets the tone for the school. Do your best to get their support.

6. In advance of the school year, plan what you think your child needs and ensure that it is encapsulated within the IEP

7. Remember your child has a right to be in school. It is the law.

8. Get to know the organizational structure in your school system so you know who to go to if issues arise. Who does the principal report to? And who in turn do that person report to? and so on…

9. Share information with the teacher and EA that they will need to support your child. If you require a formal meeting ask for one.

10. Work on building relationships with people at the school, talk to other parents, and get support from an advocate if you need it.

“Taking One Day at a Time” doesn’t always work with people with disabilities.


This phrase certainly does not work for our daughter!  She definitely stated she wanted to go to her unaccessible neighborhood high school with her buddies that she has known since Kindergarten.  I started writing letters to the Bby. School Board when she was in grade 5 to give them a "heads up" that she will be there in grade 8, so an elevator needed to be installed.  I kept writing letters for 2 years.  When she reached grade 7, I had all the sent letters and their responses to me.  There was still no definite reply, so my final conversation to them was that she would be in front of the school in September with the media present.  Needless to say, an elevator was installed in time!  

1.  Always ask for an acknowledgement in writing stating that they received your letters.

2.  Ask for a timeline.

3.  Mention of a media being present seems to work!