Jean Hanson Public School provides programming for students who have developmental disabilities. For some students, their developmental disability is compounded by Autism Spectrum Disorder, physical exceptionalities, and/or psycho-social difficulties. Our students benefit from a full curriculum which includes academics, communication and social skills, life skills, physical education and the arts.

The school provides individual programs through the provision of low student teacher ratios, specialized teachers and educational assistants and specialized teaching strategies.

Jean Hanson Public School has a staff of dedicated professionals who strive to provide each student with quality care and educational experiences tailored to their individual needs.

S.H.I.L.O Program

The S.H.I.L.O. program, (Simulated Healthy Independent Living Opportunities) provides a unique opportunity for our students to participate in activities that foster functional independence while increasing self-esteem. This program is in partnership with the Sudbury Developmental Services (Mountain Street) and with the Children’s Treatment Center.

In a simulated apartment-type setting, the students learn and practice life skills such as cooking, cleaning and doing laundry. They enjoy community excursions that promote independence and they engage in general fitness activities to promote a healthy lifestyle.

The students benefit from weekly sessions with a physiotherapist and an occupational therapist. A Developmental Support Worker supervises the students as they put their skills into practice during an overnight stay.