Ontario's .......HALTON DISTRICT SCHOOL BOARD and Smart Inclusion!

Serving Burlington, Oakville, Georgetown, Milton and Acton

Halton Board website

Halton's Smart Inclusion began with 5 target students in 5 Life Skills classrooms in 2011-12.....we now have grown...

In 2012-13 we now have 23 target students in 23 Life Skills classrooms....

....that's inclusionary education for over 200 students with significant learning challenges. All together we can!

Halton has coined a phrase for supporting Inclusionary education: DEAL: Digital Engagement Authentic Learning

Any questions?
......please feel free to contact:

Judy Sackville sackvillej@hdsb.ca Itinerant Teacher of Assistive Technology
Joan Harper harperjo@hdsb.ca Life Skills Teacher
Shelley Guzzo guzzos@hdsb.ca Itinerant Teacher of Developmental & Physical Exept.

Follow me on Twitter: @JudySackville


WebsiteHalton Assistive Technology

CEC 2013 Conference in Toronto: Halton's I-DEAL = Smart Inclusion + Deal
Increase Participation, Achievement and Authentic Learning
Unlock the potential of ALL Learners

ASET Conference 2013 Niagara Falls

Data Collection & Factors for Inclusionary Education: Resources for Data Collection Link to Halton AT website

Software Activities: Boardmaker Studio/ Classroom Suite/ SMART notebook
Please feel free to download, customize and use these activities used in Halton's Smart Inclusion 2011-12


Inclusionary Education for ALL Learners D.E.A.L: Digital Engagement Authentic Learning

3 Factors for Success for Inclusionary Education: ENVIRONMENT, EMPATHY AND EVOLUTION

1. Safety and trust
  • Personal equipment Personal schedule
  • Room design
  • Lighting
  • Location
  • Noise level
  • Transitioning

2. Access tools and technology
  • Desktop or laptop computer Switches
  • SMARTboards Personal needs(fidgets, websites)
  • Software
  • Ipad/ipod
  • Augmentative communication devices e.g. Dynavox

3. Team Collaboration
  • Classroom teacher Tech / Equipment support
  • Resource teacher Regional support staff
  • Administrators
  • Parent
  • Classmates
  • Software educators
  • Student
  • Community resources (e.g. Art,Social)


1. How do they communicate? Know “their” language and how to communicate with them
  • Verbal/Non-verbal Behavioural communication
  • Body language Verbal output vs written output
  • Eye movement
  • ELL
  • Recognize triggers: HALT: hungry,anger, lonely, tired
  • Cultural schema
  • Receptive/Expressive skill levels

2. Understand specific profile needs

  • Multiple Intelligences Academic
  • Medical (e.g. medication)
  • Social/Psychological (e.g.stigma, bullying)
  • Previous educational history
  • Understand their memory,perceptual reasoning, processing speed, visual motor integration, executive functioning, verbal comprehension

3. Build on strengths, interests and personal goals

  • Confidence & anxiety level Resilience
  • Personal activities
  • Primary learning style(s)
  • Broaden opportunities for
  • Social interaction peer/adult to foster adaptability, reduce rigidity
  • Family support
  • Hands on learning
  • Provide opportunities to develop new schema (e.g. documentaries)


1. Growth Prediction: Beyond “Their” potential (their Point A to Point B)
  • Baseline data collection: Participation, Integration, Independence
  • Goal setting
  • Observation (more than 1 set of eyes)
  • Identification of barriers
  • Design & Implementation of Strategies & Tools
  • Evaluation

2. Embrace process continuum
  • Research and access new tools & resources (e.g. software, human resources)
  • Problem solving
  • Revisiting goals
  • Ongoing collaboration
  • Transition to home/community
  • Adjust degree of adult support/intervention
  • Understand what you need to learn to address child’s learning goals

3. Build and share Personal Learning Network
  • Network within your board Network with other boards
  • Online sharing/resources
  • Celebration
  • Explore non-pedagogical resources
  • Home integration
  • Parental/Family support groups/organization
  • Google + hangouts