Special Education: What to Expect

If a learner’s unique learning style includes “special education needs,” then SelfDesign can access additional funding to enhance their learning as required.

Wondering what to expect? If you decide to enrol in SelfDesign, here are the first steps in the special education experience.


Collect Your Documentation and Get In Touch

All learners with special needs are enrolled in the K-12 SelfDesign program. To receive special education support, they must be eligible for the Low Incidence Special Education Grant or have documentation/possibilities of high incidence special needs. Families should collect all their documents, including the original report establishing the learner’s diagnoses (or possibilities thereof), and should speak with us directly before enrolling.


Receive Support From a Special Education Consultant.

As with all SelfDesign learners, families receive one-on-one support from a BC-certified educator. In this case, that educator is a special education consultant for a seamless SelfDesign experience. The special education consultant is assigned to each family based on the unique needs of the learner and is supported by our special education team.

Create a Learning Plan

All BC learners with special needs must have an “Individual Education Plan” (IEP). At SelfDesign, we create a plan that blends the IEP with the SelfDesign learning plan for a focus on inspiring and empowering the learner. We call this the “Integrated Learning Plan” (ILP).


Connect With the SelfDesign Community

Families receiving special education services get to know each other and other members of the SelfDesign community by connecting online, informally in their local communities, and through face-to-face learning.

A SelfDesigning Path: A Course for Parents

SelfDesign is proudly releasing the SupportEd (Special Ed) edition of their popular SelfDesigning Path course for parents this year. The Path course is a self-paced, module-based course for parents to explore SelfDesign’s approach to learning and relationships.

Originally released in 2010, SelfDesigning Path has been well received by many parents using it to explore SelfDesign’s philosophy in a user friendly format. Some people even credit it for changing their lives. While the content is very similar, the SupportEd version of Path has shorter sections that are easier to work through on a tighter schedule and the sections are more specifically geared toward parents whose children have an SE diagnosis. The responsive design ensures a positive course experience whether one is on a desktop or mobile device. Oftentimes topics or reflections in this course can lead to supportive conversations for parents to have with their SupportEd consultant or a Family consultant at SelfDesign; in any case SelfDesigning Path contributes to a richer family conversation and appreciation of learning.  Contact us for more information.

Want to know more? Learn all the details about eligibility, learning plans, the support team, and using grants.