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SPECIAL NEEDS ACADEMIA and EDUCATION

This database is strictly a research guide. The English Montreal School Board is not in a position to recommend or endorse any resources that are non- EMSB entities. We strongly suggest that readers research these resources to determine if they are appropriate for the care of their child and meet their specific needs.

For non-academic programs, please see Section 6 for Vocational Programs and Section 8 for Social Integration Programs.

 
Daycare / Nursery / Pre-Kindergarten

Montreal Oral School for the Deaf

The school services Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing students. The school has a preschool program, closed classrooms for elementary school children, and support for students of all ages mainstreamed into regular hearing classrooms. The focus is on developing spoken language by listening and talking.

4670 St. Catherine Street West, Montreal, Quebec H3Z 1S5

Tel: Voice/TTY 514-488-4946
Email: info@montrealoralschool.com
Website: www.montrealoralschool.com

Pat Roberts Developmental Centre

A bilingual nursery school for children who are developmentally delayed or have an Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosis. The Centre is under the West Island Association for the Intellectually Handicapped (WIAIH). The daycare service is free for WIAIH members. (Please see Section 3 for more information about WIAIH and its services).

16167 Gouin Blvd. West, St. Geneviève, Quebec H9H 1C9

Tel: 514-696-5144
Email: pat-roberts@wiaih.qc.ca
Website: www.wiaih.qc.ca/pat-roberts-developmental-centre

Social Integration Project for Children with Disabilities in Schools 
Project integration sociale des enfants handicapés en milieu scolaire – ISEHMS

To facilitate the integration of children with disabilities and developmental disabilities into daycare. The training to achieve this goal is for parents and educators.

386 rue de Gentilly O, Longueuil, Quebec J4H 2A2

Tel: 450 646-2714 ou 1 866 847 2714
Email: info@isemg.quebec
Website: www.isemg.quebec

The Little Red Playhouse

The school operates a preschool and Pre-K program for children with autism and speech delay aged 2.5-6 years.

263 Percival, Montreal West, Quebec H4X 1T8

Tel: 514-486-4032
Email: info@thelittleredplayhouse.com
Website: www.thelittleredplayhouse.com

Ages 4 to 21

Centennial Academy High School

Centennial Academy is an inclusive environment that welcomes students with a wide range of learning challenges, including ADHD, dysgraphia, dyslexia, and autism.

3641 Prud’Homme Avenue, Montreal, Quebec H4A 3H6

Tel: 514-486-5533 #236
Email: info@centennial.qc.ca
Website: www.centennial.qc.ca

Giant Steps School and Resource Centre

Welcomes students aged 4 to 21 who have an Autism Spectrum Disorder diagnosis. Has a book and audio-visual lending library in their resource centre.

5460 Connaught Avenue, Montreal, Quebec H4V 1X7

Tel: 514-935-1911
Email: reception@giantstepsmontreal.com
Website: https://giantstepsmontreal.com

Mackay Centre School and Philip E. Layton School for the Blind

The school provides education and rehabilitation to students with motor, language and communication disorders, as well as students with developmental, intellectual, auditory impairments, visual impairments and many other disorders or organic impairments. Philip E. Layton School includes educational and vision rehabilitation services for blind and visually impaired students. The services are provided both within the specialized school setting as well as in regular community schools. They include sensory stimulation, Braille instruction, adaptation of educational materials, consultation

6333 Terrebonne, Montreal, Quebec H4B 2Z4

Tel: 514-483-0550 (for both schools)
Website: www.emsb.qc.ca/mackay

Montreal Oral School for the Deaf

The school services Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing students. The school has a preschool program, closed classrooms for elementary school children, and support for students of all ages mainstreamed into regular hearing classrooms. The focus is on developing spoken language by listening and talking.

4670 St. Catherine Street West, Montreal, Quebec H3Z 1S5

Tel: Voice/TTY 514-488-4946
Email: info@montrealoralschool.com
Website: www.montrealoralschool.com

Peter Hall School

Welcomes 4 – 21-year-old students with intellectual disabilities, Pervasive Developmental Disorders and psychopathological disorders. It has two campuses.

Head Office: 840, Côte-Vertu West, Saint-Laurent, Quebec H4L 1Y4
Tel: 514-748-6727
Email: info.ecole@peterhall.qc.ca

Peter Hall School Côte-Vertu Campus
840, Côte-Vertu West, Saint-Laurent, Quebec H4L 1Y4
Tel: 514-747-4075
Email: cote-vertu@peterhall.qc.ca

Peter Hall School OuimetCampus
1455 Rochon Street, Saint-Laurent, Quebec H4L 1W1
Tel: 514-748-1050
Email: ouimet@peterhall.qc.ca

Website: www.peterhall.qc.ca

Summit School

For students, ages 4 to 21, with developmental disabilities including behavioural and emotional disturbances, autism, Down syndrome and severe learning disabilities. It has two other campuses.

2355 Decelles Street, Saint-Laurent, Quebec H4M 1C2
Tel: 514-744-2867
Email: admin@summit-school.com

LaurenHill Campus
2355 Decelles Street, Saint-Laurent, Quebec H4M 1C2
Tel: 514-748-6727

Transitional Education Career Centre (TECC) Campus
1819 René Lévesque, Suite 200, Montreal, Quebec H3H 2P4
Tel: 514-933-4464

Website: www.summit-school.com

The Donald Berman Yaldei Developmental Centre

The school welcomes children 4-16 years of age who have autism or a developmental delay. The Centre offers professional and ABA therapists to work in daycares, schools and homes as well as being Centre based.

5170 Van Horne, Montreal, Quebec H3W 1J6

Tel: 514-279-3666
Website: www.yaldei.org

Vanguard School

Bilingual school for students with learning disabilities at the elementary and high school level, ages 7-16 years old.

5935 Chemin de la Cote-de-Liesse, Saint-Laurent, Quebec H4T 1C3

Tel: 514-747-5500
Website: www.vanguardquebec.qc.ca

Post-secondary / University

Adaptech Research Network

Conducts research involving college and university students with a variety of disabilities in Canada. Areas of focus are:

  • Use and accessibility of information and communication technologies in postsecondary education
  • Facilitators and barriers to academic success
  • Free or inexpensive software useful to students with various disabilities

3040 Sherbrooke West, Montréal, Québec H3Z 1A4

Tel: 514-931-8731 ext. 1546
Email: info@adaptech.org
Website: www.adaptech.org

All English speaking CEGEPS and Universities have services for disabled students. The services vary from one school to another:

Concordia University

Tel: 514-848-2424, ext. 3525
Email: acsdinfo@concordia.ca
Website: www.concordia.ca/students/accessibility

Dawson College

Tel: 514-931-8731 ext. 8731
Email: aasecretary@dawsoncollege.qc.ca
Website: www.dawsoncollege.qc.ca/student-accessibility

John Abbott College

Tel: 514-457-6610 x 5398
Email: access.centre@johnabbott.qc.ca
Website: www.johnabbott.qc.ca/service

Marionopolis College

4873 Westmount Ave., Westmount, QC H3Y 1X9
Tel: 514.931.8792
Email: info@marianopolis.edu
Website: https://www.marianopolis.edu/campus-life/support-services/

McGill University

Tel: 514-398-6009
Website: www.mcgill.ca/osd/

Vanier College

Tel: 514-744-7500 ext. 7891
Email: access@vaniercollege.qc.ca
Website: www.vaniercollege.qc.ca/access/

Centre collégial de soutien à l'intégration – CCSI

The CCSIs have the mandate to support each of the CEGEPs and subsidized private colleges in offering adapted services without, however, offering direct services to students with disabilities. They are located within each of the CEGEPS. 

Website: www.ccsi.quebec

Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology (DO-IT)

Empowering people with disabilities through technology and education. Promoting awareness and accessibility—in both the classroom and the workplace. It is a rich resource as it strives to: 

  • Increase the success of people with disabilities in challenging academic programs and careers
  • Promote the application of universal design to physical spaces, information technology, instruction, and services
  • Freely distribute online content, publications, and videos for use in presentations, exhibits, and the classroom
  • Provide resources for students with disabilities, K-12 educators, postsecondary faculty and administrators, librarians, employers, parents, and mentors.

3040 Sherbrooke West, Montréal, Québec H3Z 1A4

Tel: 514-931-8731 ext. 1546
Website: www.washington.edu/doit/

National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS)

Their mandate is to support full access to education and employment for post-secondary students and graduates with disabilities across Canada. They focus on: 1. Student debt reduction 2. Student experience in class and on campus 3. Student and graduate employment

Website: www.neads.ca/en

Quebec Association of Post-secondary Students with Disabilities

An association of disabled students offering a variety of services to ensure the success of your studies. A counselor is appointed to the student to help them solve problems they may have. Help offered can range from note taking to having an ASL interpreter.

425 Sherbrooke East, bureau 06, Montreal, QC H2L 1J9

Tel: 514-499-9451
Email: info@aqeips.qc.ca
Website: http://aqeips.qc.ca/en/

Quebec Interuniversity Association of Counselors for Students with Disabilities (AQICESH)

An association of disability professionals at universities. The role of AQICESH:

  • Group academic advisors working to welcome and integrate students with disabilities
  • Promote access to university studies and student life for people with disabilities
  • Affirm the expertise of counselors in the academic community
  • Acting as a credible interlocutor with the university community as well as with the various government and para-government partners
  • Create a network of support and consultation
  • Organize development activities on topics of common interest

Email: info@aqeips.qc.ca
Website: www.aqicesh.ca/

SOCIAL ASSISTANCE

Réussir Program

Réussir is a social assistance and support program for people with a severely limited capacity for employment who want help gaining access to secondary vocational studies or post-secondary studies. Under the Réussir program, you'll be eligible to receive financial assistance as well as loans and bursaries from the Ministère de l’Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport. The program is for those who:

  • Want to take a vocational or post-secondary training program (the program and the educational institution must be recognized by the Ministère de l'Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport)
  • Are deemed to have a severely limited capacity for employment
  • Have received social assistance for 12 of the past 24 months

To qualify, you have to submit an application for financial assistance under the Loans and Bursaries Program of the Ministère de l'Éducation, du Loisir et du Sport and meet its eligibility requirements. In addition, if you have one of the recognized major functional disabilities, you must indicate that on your Application for Financial Assistance form. You must also have a general practitioner or medical specialist fill out and send the Medical Certificate – Major Functional Disabilities and Other Recognized Disabilities form. For additional information, please visit https://www.quebec.ca/en/education/student-financial-assistance/allowance-special-needs-adults/eligibility-requirements/

For further information, contact your local employment centre (CLE)

Website: https://www.quebec.ca/emploi/reussir/

https://www.emploiquebec.gouv.qc.ca/en/citizens/developing-your-skills-and-having-them-recognized/

TOOLS / ASSETS

McGill Students for Best Buddies

Best Buddies is a program about friendship and it occurs at the elementary, high school and CEGEP/ University level. The program builds friendships between people with and without intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD), offering social mentoring while improving the quality of life and level of inclusion.

Email: mcgill.bestbuddies@gmail.com
Website: https://bestbuddies.ca/about-us/participating-schools/

Rick Hansen Foundation School Program

This program is about creating an accessible and inclusive world for people with all types of disabilities. It offers free educational resources for youth in kindergarten to grade twelve, developed by educators for educators. The toolkits consist of lessons, teacher guides, worksheets and additional resources are connected to the provincial curriculum.

Email: access@rickhansen.com
Website: www.rickhansen.com/schools-communities/school-program