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Bloorview School Authority is an educational facility that provides innovative school programs to children and youth with special needs. Bloorview School Authority is located on the same site as Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital (HBKRH), but is a separate corporate and legal entity. Each year hundreds of children and young people from across Ontario benefit from our individualized educational programs, which are set up in conjunction with ongoing therapeutic and medical care. Students may be clients, inpatients or day patients of Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital.

School Authorities are created pursuant to Section 68 of the Education Act of Ontario, with all the duties, powers and responsibilities of District School Boards, housed in Children’s Treatment Centres and providing educational programs and services for children and young adults who have physical and/or communication disabilities and related developmental issues. In addition to Bloorview School Authority, the others are Campbell Children’s School Authority, Ottawa Children’s Treatment Centre School Authority/l'École du Centre de traitement pour enfants d'Ottawa, Niagara Children's Centre School Authority, KidsAbility School Authority, and John McGivney Children’s Centre School Authority.

Bloorview School offers two types of programs:
  1. Hospital Client Classroom (HCC) Program
  2. Integrated Education and Therapy (IET) Program
The HCC Program is for Ontario children and youth aged 4 to 21 who come to Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital to access intensive rehabilitation therapy as a result of surgery, chronic illness, an Acquired Brain Injury or complex medical needs. HCC students are inpatients or day patients of the hospital and during their school day, students receive physical, occupational and speech therapies within HBKRH along with educational programming at Bloorview School. Programming is based on the Ontario Ministry of Education Curriculum. 

Specifically for Secondary HCC students, we can support up to two courses or about half of a student's typical workload. The reduced class load is necessary to accommodate medical appointments, therapy and recovery time. Typical courses include English, History, Math, Science (non-lab components only), GLE, and Physcial and Health Education credits. 

The Integrated Education and Therapy (IET) Program is for children from Toronto and York region who come to Bloorview School for our Kindergarten and Grade 1 interdisciplinary early intervention program. We support children who have a primary diagnosis of a physical disability and other associated complex needs. During the school day, children receive physical, occupational and speech therapies along with educational programming to meet their academic needs. Programming is based on the Ontario Ministry of Education Curriculum. 

In supporting our diverse population, our educators have developed a Learning Profile Continuum which is completed at the beginning and the end of each school year. In the fall, this continuum acts as a diagnostic assessment prior to instruction, and acts as a living document throughout the year, allowing our staff to track each student’s progress. At the end of the year, our teachers update the Learning Profile Continuum as part of their formative assessment, also allowing a transfer of information from one school year, and teacher, to another.
As educators at Bloorview School, we strive to truly know our students – their strengths, needs and learning styles. This allows us to effectively enable and empower them to achieve their fullest potential.   

School Resources

Intergrated Education and Therapy (IET) Brochure
Elementary Hospital Client Classroom (HCC) Brochure
Secondary Hospital Client Classroom (HCC) Brochure
Bloorview School Chronology

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