Improving the quality of life of individuals with Down syndrome.

IEP Seminar-September 29th

IEP Seminar-September 29th

Sep 20, 2015

The Elementary Age Group would like to invite you to our IEP (Individualized Education Program) Seminar on September 29th at 7PM.  The Seminar will take place at the Alton branch of the Burlington Public Library.  The seminar will share important details about IEPs and the parents' role in the IEP process, the IPRC, placement options for students with special needs, as well as Accommodations, Modifications and Alternative program areas.  This seminar will be suitable for parents of elementary students and parents of children who will soon be entering the school system.  

We are extremely lucky to have Dianna Bower, Lori Aker and Dan Hotopeleanu share their exceptional knowledge and experience of supporting and advocating for students with special needs in both the Public and Catholic School Boards.  These incredible advocates have represented our community well for many years!  This is a great opportunity to learn from their wealth of knowledge!

This one is not to be missed!  If you are interested in attending this seminar, please contact Sarah Gale at  Looking forward to seeing you!

About Our Speakers

Dianna Bower
Diana served for close to 9 years as the SEAC Rep for the HDSA until she was elected Trustee for Burlington Wards 1 & 3 for the Halton District School Board in 2010. During her time as the SEAC Representative for the HDSA, she also served as Vice-Chair and Chair of SEAC. Dianna also sat on SEAC as a Trustee SEAC Representative until the end of her term November, 2014. She has just been voted back onto SEAC as the Alternate SEAC Representative for the Halton Down Syndrome Association. 

Dianna has been a speaker at the DSAO Conferences of 2010 and 2013 regarding Special Education Advisory Committees, Special Education and IEPs. She has also trained SEACs and spoken about special education at the HDSB Parent Involvement Committee Conferences. 

Dianna has also supported the Down Syndrome Association of Ontario through the writing of position statements and letters to various ministries as well as represented the DSAO at stakeholder consultations with regards to special education funding and school health support services. 

As a SEAC Representative, Dianna has been involved in stakeholder consultations at board level as well as ministry level with regards to “Planning Entry to School” and the Best Start Program as well as Individual Education Plans.

Lori Aker
Lori sat on the HDSA Board of Directors for 5 years in various roles, slowly moving more towards advocacy and becoming liaison between the HDSA executive and our SEAC representatives at both school boards.  She then moved on to become a member of SEAC at the HDSB and is now in her fifth year. 

Lori has represented DSAO at the provincial review of School Health Support Services, and written several letters to the Ministry on behalf of HDSB SEAC. 

Lori's passions include working towards the full inclusion of individuals with intellectual disabilities, protecting their right to meaningful education, and empowering parents to be confident and effective advocates for their children.

Dan Hotopeleanu
Dan is currently in his third year as the HDSA SEAC Rep for the Halton Catholic District School Board. He is passionate about improving communication between parents and school. He believes that if all sides have an intimate understanding of details and circumstances, possibilities and concerns, that all children will benefit.

Dan is also interested in technology, which he believes will provide the best return on investment throughout the education journey, particularly for children with special needs.