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Conestoga College

Established in 1967, Conestoga is Ontario's fastest growing college and a leader in polytechnic education. The college delivers a full range of career-focused education, training and applied research programs to prepare students for success in the new knowledge economy and promote economic prosperity throughout our region and across Ontario. (source)

 

Accessibility Services

Conestoga College is committed to providing a safe and accessible environment for students with disabilities. Accommodating disabilities at the college is a shared responsibility between students, faculty and administration. The support services provided by Accessibility Services allow students to pursue their college education in a way that respects their dignity, encourages independence in their academic pursuits and promotes full participation in the college community. (source)

 

Academic Resources

 

Accommodations and supports are arranged in partnership with the Accessibility Services Counsellor and are based on needs determined by the student's disability documentation. Some accommodations may require an OSAP application. Here is a sample list of potential academic accommodations:

General Accommodations

  • Advanced Copies of Class Handouts/Overheads
  • Bridge Volunteer Support Partner
  • Classroom Assistant: Physical assistance
  • Computer Adaptive Technology Training and Use
  • Computerized Note Taker: Deaf/Hard of Hearing
  • Counselling Support
  • Diagnostic Assessment
  • E-text books: Print disability
  • Employment Transition Support
  • Enlargement of Materials for Courses/Tests
  • Interpreter for the Deaf
  • Learning Skills Support: Learning Commons
  • Material on Audio Tape, Disk or E-Text
  • Math Support: Learning Commons
  • Peer Tutoring: Learning Commons
  • Physical Accessibility Arrangements (lockers, chairs)
  • Recording Lectures
  • Reduced Course load
  • Student Note Taker
  • Summer Transition Program
  • Writing Support: Learning Commons

Testing Accommodations

  • Tests: Distraction Reduced Setting
  • Tests: Enlargement of Materials
  • Tests: Extra Time on Tests
  • Tests: Faculty Pre-approved Formula Sheets
  • Tests: Proctor to Read or Scribe
  • Tests: Supervised Use of Dictionary
  • Tests: Use of Adaptive Technology
  • Tests: Use of Calculator
  • Tests: Use of Computer for Writing

What Type of Documentation is Needed?

Disability Documentation Guidelines

Conestoga College is committed to providing a safe and accessible environment for students with disabilities. Accommodating disabilities at the College is a shared responsibility between students, faculty and administration. Students are responsible for providing relevant and up to date documentation of their disability to Accessibility Services, when they first register. This documentation will allow the student to be considered for accommodations and access to available services.

Physical and Medical Disabilities

For all physical and medical disabilities, documentation either needs to be on the letterhead of a health practitioner or on our Health Certificate Form (pdf).

What types of disabilities does the Physical and Medical Disability category include?

Physical and Medical Disabilities include:

  • Mobility, Functional
  • Blind or low vision
  • Deaf, deafened or hard of hearing
  • Acquired brain injury
  • Chronic illness/systemic /medical
  • Psychiatric
  • Attention-Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder

Who can provide this documentation?

Documentation must be provided by a qualified health practitioner who has training in and experience with the area of diagnosis. It is recommended to students to seek documentation from a health care practitioner who is familiar with their disabilities and can provide detailed information about this disability. Examples of qualified practitioners include:

  • Audiologist
  • Chiropractor
  • Occupational Therapist
  • Optometrist
  • Ophthalmologist
  • Physician
  • Physiotherapist
  • Psychiatrist
  • Psychologist
  • Speech-Language Pathologist

What should the documentation contain?

Documentation needs to be on the letterhead of a qualified health practitioner or on Conestoga's Health Certificate Form (pdf) and should contain the following:

  • Name, title, professional credentials, licensure/certification information of assessing professional
  • Be completed in relation to Conestoga College entry and dated no more than six months before the commencement of the current program.
  • In certain circumstances i.e. stable medical conditions, an older report may be accepted if accompanied by a letter from a qualified professional who provides an update.
  • Accurately describe the current impact of the diagnosed condition as it relates to an academic setting
  • Indicate the current anticipated course of the condition
  • Describe any currently mitigating factors such as medications and their impact on learning
  • Indicate date of next assessment/update

Accessibility Services reserves the right to request reassessment when there are questions regarding previous assessments or service provision.

Learning Disability

All Conestoga students with learning disabilities who request academic accommodations through Accessibility Services must provide a current formal psycho-educational assessment, completed and signed by a registered psychologist or psychological associate to support the diagnosis. Students may be able to access financial assistance to meet documentation requirements for a Learning Disability. Students may meet with an Accessibility Counsellor to discuss documentation requirements.

What if I had an IEP or IPRC at high school?

If you have never had a psycho education assessment, but have had an IEP or IPRC from high school please complete these two learning disability screeners (the LD Screener (pdf) and the Delta Screener (pdf)) and bring them (with all of your documentation) to your first appointment to meet with an Accessibility Counsellor.

What do I do if I suspect I have a learning disability?

If you have no previous documentation, but suspect you have a learning disability, make an appointment with Counselling Services at ext. 3360 or with a Learning Skills Advisor at ext. 2308 and request to have a learning disability screening done at your campus.

Who can provide a formal psycho educational assessment?

The assessment must:

  • Be conducted by a registered psychologist or registered psychological associate
  • Include the name, title, professional credentials, licensure/certification information of assessing professional

How recent should the assessment be?

The assessment needs to be completed within the past five years or after the student's 18th birthday.

What does the assessment need to include?

The assessment must include:

  • Relevant background information
  • A statement of the validity of the present assessment
  • Behavioural observations during assessment
  • A description of individuals strengths and needs based on formal standardized test results (including thinking and reasoning and academic achievement)
  • Documented evidence of the cause of the learning difficulties (psychological processing deficits)
  • A description of how the observed pattern of both abilities and achievement demonstrates the presence of a specific learning disability
  • A clear diagnostic statement that the individual has a Learning Disability.
  • A description of the specific impact of the disability on activities of daily living (including academic skills development).
  • Recommendations specifically linked to processing strengths and deficits
  • A signature by an appropriately qualified member of the College of Psychologists

Download the fact sheet on the identification of learning disabilities (pdf).

Prospective students may meet with an Accessibility Counsellor to discuss documentation requirements. To arrange an appointment with an Accessibility Counsellor, call 519-748-5220 ext. 3232.

How Do I Apply?

Pre-Admission Interview

You can schedule an appointment with a counsellor and discuss past supports, interests, possible program/course selection, strengths and challenges and possible college accommodations. For further information please call 519-748-5220 ext. 3232 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or use TTY: 1-866-463-4484 (for hearing impaired).

Pre-Admission Testing

Students with disabilities are expected to meet the same admission criteria as all other applicants. If you are an applicant with a disability who may require accommodations for Pre-Admission Testing, please call Peggy Roth, 519-748-5220 ext. 3425 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Admission (College Acceptance)

As soon as you receive your College acceptance, register with Accessibility Services by calling us at 519-748-5220 ext. 3232, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or use TTY: 1-866-463-4484 (for hearing impaired). Accommodations take time to set up, so it is important to register early!
Students will be asked to provide relevant documentation to verify their disability. For more information please view Eligibility Documentation.

Post-Admission Testing

Students who are registered with Accessibility Services may be able to access accommodations for Post-Admission Testing. Please contact Accessibility Services, 519-748-5220 ext. 3232, or use TTY: 1-866-463-4484 (for hearing impaired), to schedule an appointment. Accommodations take time to set-up, so it is important to register early!

Students will be asked to provide relevant documentation to verify their disability. For more information please view Eligibility Documentation.

Additional Information

Bridge Volunteer Program

What is it?

Bridges is a social support service offered to Conestoga students with disabilities. The program is designed to offer meaningful support to identified students to ease their transition to campus life and enhance their experience at Conestoga College. Program partners will be paired with an identified student and provide the student with support in the areas of campus navigation and social interaction. In addition partners will be well versed in the other support services available to all Conestoga students and help the identified student access and utilize these services as desired.

Who can apply?

Students eligible to be a Bridges volunteer must currently be enrolled in courses at the college and be in good academic standing. Volunteers make a commitment of 1-2 hours a week to the program in addition to 2 staff meetings per semester.

What are the benefits?

Program volunteers will develop skills in the areas of leadership, communication, and time management. It is an opportunity to meet new friends and expand your awareness of the college and gain disability awareness. To apply to be a Bridges Volunteer please download and fill out the Bridges Volunteer application form (docx).