IGBA-R: Programs for Disabled Students

I: Instructional

Education and health professionals share with parents the responsibility for providing the optimal opportunity for each child to learn.  Our knowledge and sensitivity to the processes of normal growth and development assist us in recognition of those students who are developmentally vulnerable, are at risk, or manifest a specific difficulty.  All those caring for the student must work co-operatively to enhance his/her development. 

It is well recognized that the difficulties experienced by many students are a mix of physical, intellectual, social, and emotional factors and may lead to secondary emotional or behavioural complications. Of greatest concern is that some of the student's developmental needs are not being fully met.  Whatever the difficulty, each student is affected uniquely and requires a unique program in school, based on individualized assessment, planning, and evaluation of progress. 


Parents, administrators, teachers, and health professionals are key persons in the identification of difficulties.  Once the difficulty is recognized, it is the responsibility of these key persons to initiate an assessment.  When requesting assessment of a student, it is important to clarify the general nature of the student's difficulty.  Normally the request for assessment comes after a preliminary discussion by the school-based team. 

School-based Team 

The school-based team approach is aimed at arriving at educational plans for students who are not functioning in their present placement or who require special services. 

The school-based team meets to discuss cases referred by teachers and considers appropriate educational options for them.  The school-based team shares its concerns with the parents or guardians of students involved and parents and guardians are provided with information about these plans. 

A consent form is required for release of confidential information to agencies outside the Vancouver school system. 

Placement Procedures 

The school-based team helps to ensure an orderly, systematic and efficient system for the delivery of the identification, diagnostic, and remedial services to all children who require them.  The school-based team process provides comprehensive evaluative and assessment data and helps in the development of a total picture of the strengths and weaknesses of each child. 

The school-based team meets as required to discuss referrals from its various members.  Minutes of the meetings are kept, as well as a list of specific actions that will take place on behalf of each referred student. 

If the school-based team concludes that it cannot meet the needs of the student within the school, the team will refer the student for direct placement, providing all the criteria for a specific program or service are met.  The team will refer the case to the Central Screening Committee. 

DMT Responsibility: AS-DLS

Adopted Date: 
Tuesday June 01, 1976
Revision Date: 
Feb 1984
Jan 1986
Aug 1990
Sep 1994
Jan 1999