Currently, there are two types of bursaries for people with disabilities provided through the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP).
Bursary for student with disabilities
The Bursary for Students with Disabilities (BSWD) provided through the Ontario Student Assistance Program(OSAP) is meant to aid students self-identifying as having either permanent or temporary disabilities. This bursary assists with the costs of disability-related services or equipment, such as tutors, note-takers, interpreters, braillers or technical aids that are required to participate in post-secondary studies. (source)
How much does this Bursary afford?The maximum amount of aid available from this bursary is $2,000 per academic year.
What does it mean to have a permanent disability?To be eligible for the Canada program you must have a permanent disability, which is defined as a functional limitation:
• caused by a physical or mental impairment;
• that restricts your ability to perform the daily activities necessary to participate in studies at a postsecondary level or the labour force; and
• that is expected to remain with you for your whole life.
To be eligible for the Ontario program, you must have either a permanent or a temporary disability.
What do I need to qualify?Students who qualify for this bursary must be Full-time and part-time students who:
• self-identify as having either a permanent or temporary disability,
• have disability-related educational costs for services or equipment that are not covered by another agency or service, and
• require these services/equipment to participate in postsecondary studies.
Ontario Out-of-Country Bursary for Deaf Students
The Ontario Out-of-Country Bursary for Deaf Students assists deaf, deafened, and hard-of-hearing postsecondary students with the costs their education. The bursary is for students attending a postsecondary school located outside of Canada in a program where the only or primary language of instruction for their program is American Sign Language (ASL) or Langues de Signes Québécoises (Quebec Sign Language). (source)
Eligibility RequirementsIn addition, you must meet the following eligibility requirements for this bursary:
You have submitted a 2014-2015 OSAP Application for Full-Time Students and all required documents and meet the eligibility requirements for that program;
You have a permanent hearing disability (deaf, deafened or hard-of-hearing);
You are enrolled in a postsecondary school located outside of Canada that is approved for OSAP purposes;
You are enrolled in a program where the only or primary language of instruction is American Sign Language (ASL) or Langues de Signes Québécoises (Quebec Sign Language); and
Your eligible education costs exceed the Canada-Ontario Integrated Student Loan (COISL) maximums for your study period.
Further DocumentationYou must provide the following documentation with your 2014-2015 Application for Ontario Out-of-Country Bursary for Deaf Students:
Proof of your permanent hearing disability (a medical certificate or an audiological report);
Proof of your room and board costs for your study period (if you are living on campus in residence); and
Proof of your out-of-country health insurance costs.