Vancouver Area Parent 2 Parent Resource Network
This Month's Topic: Education Opportunities and Alternatives
The Rare Disease Foundation is comprised of parents, caregivers and clinicians who are united in their desire to change the world of rare disease care. We work together to see that more research goes into rare disease, and through our Parent to Parent Resource Networks we band together to share resources and navigate the world of rare disease care together.
This Month's Topic: Jennifer Tong (Director of Learning Support) on Education
Join us for a guest presentation and discussion exploring options and services available in the BC school system for students with special needs. Both public school and independent schools will be addressed. This session will touch on topics such as accommodations, support personnel and professional services (educational assistants, speech language pathologists, etc.), and accessibility (technology, etc.) and how these services might be accessed. There will be time for discussion and questions.
Jennifer Tong has been involved in Special Education for over 30 years. She received her B.Ed., M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia. Jennifer is currently the Director of Learning Support for the Catholic Independent Schools of the Vancouver Archdiocese (CISVA). She has been instrumental in developing and implementing a variety of programs and support services for the CISVA. She regularly coordinates and provides professional development for teachers, administrators and support staff. Jennifer’s interests include inclusion, early intervention, transition planning, and students with behaviour disorders and mental illnesses.
Jennifer has been involved with many professional organizations throughout her career including, but not limited to, the BC Council of Administrators for Special Education (BC CASE) and the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC). She has participated in and chaired a number of committees at the local, provincial, national and international level. She has served on various advisory committees at post-secondary institutions and well as for the BC Ministry of Education.
Jennifer currently resides in Vancouver with her husband and is the mother of two children. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling and spending time with her children and family.
Light refreshments will be provided at the meeting.
New parents are always welcome.
Children and Family Research Institute (CFRI)
BC Children's Hospital Campus
950 West 28th Avenue
For further detailed directions: https://bcchr.ca/about-us/contact-us