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Durham College

Choosing which college to attend is a big decision and we truly hope you find your fit with us. Whether you are beginning your post-secondary education for the first time or returning to update your skills, we look forward to helping you every step of the way! (source)

 

Access and Support Centre

Welcome to the Access and Support Centre (ASC). The ASC team work in partnership with students and faculty to ensure the academic environment is fully accessible to students with disabilities. We are committed to providing friendly, accessible and confidential services to students. (source)

 

Academic Resources

Accommodations include but are not limited to:

  • Transition support for incoming students
  • Disability advocacy
  • Learning skills support
  • Students who are registered with the ASC and are deaf or hard of hearing are encouraged to use this section of the website to assist with arranging their support services (e.g. American Sign Language (ASL), computerized note taking and real-time captioning). (source)
  • Adaptive technology training (source)
    • Students use assistive technology to reduce the impact of their disability. Assistive technology includes but is not limited to:
      • reading software
      • dictation software
      • organization/planning software
      • recording devices
      • FM systems
    • Assistive software is available in most computer labs, computer commons areas, and dedicated labs for students registered with the ASC.
  • Alternate format for course material (source)
    • Students have diverse needs when it comes to accessing educational material. Accessible format for course material includes but is not limited to:
      • enlarged copy
      • braille
      • electronic copies of course material
  • Note taking (source)
    • Students who have been approved to access peer note taking as part of their accommodations will need to follow the steps listed below in order to receive their class notes.
    • Steps to requesting a peer note taker:
      • Register online. You will use your network ID and password to register.
      • Click on "Course Notes".
      • Indicate what courses you would like to receive peer notes for by clicking on the "change this" button to make your changes accordingly.
        If you do not have approval from your disability advisor for peer note taking for some or all of your courses you will be unable to select "YES" for a note taker request. Please contact your disability advisor if you have any issues regarding this.
      • Check to see if there is a note taker available, under "Note Taker availability"

What Type of Documentation is Needed

Students with LD, AD/HD, and Asperger's Syndrome

Prior to making an appointment, students seeking accommodations for Learning Disabilities (LD), Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and Asperger's Syndrome for the first time must submit their documentation to the ASC as early as possible, ideally before the start of their first academic term..

Documentation requirements include:

Learning Disabilities

In accordance with LDAO guidelines, students will require a thorough psychological assessment authorized by a qualified Psychologist or Psychological Associate providing a clear and specific diagnosis. This should include identification of psychological tests used along with formal test results. A description of the individual's strengths, challenges and needs, with suggestions for academic interventions, are necessary for determining needed post-secondary accommodations.

Students and assessors may be interested in reading more about the ASC's full documentation requirements. [PDF – 79 KB].

Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder

For students with AD/HD, a thorough psychological or psycho-educational assessment may also have been conducted. Alternatively, confirmation of AD/HD may be documented through a medical note written by a psychiatrist or physician specialist, or by having the psychiatrist or physician specialist complete and sign the ASC's Medical Documentation Form.

Asperger's Syndrome

For students with a diagnosis of Asperger's Syndrome, documentation may include a psychiatrist's, psychologist's or pediatrician's report which clearly states the diagnosis of Asperger's Syndrome. If the diagnosis is not clearly stated, or if you cannot find copies of such a report, please have the psychiatrist, psychologist, or specialized physician complete and sign the Access and Support Centre Medical Documentation Form. Alternately, you may submit a copy of a psycho-educational assessment report which clearly diagnosis Asperger's Syndrome. For more details regarding Asperger's Syndrome documentation please review: Documentation Guidelines for Students with Asperger's Syndrome.

How to submit your documentation

Students with a diagnosis of Specific Learning Disability (LD), AD/HD, and/or Asperger's Syndrome seeking resources and support at the ASC are requested to submit their documentation to the ASC as early as possible, ideally before the start of their first academic term. Students should also complete and submit the Student information form [PDF – 259 KB] along with their disability documentation.

If you do not have documentation that meets the above standards, please complete the Student information form [PDF – 259 KB] and send any academic documentation or outdated psycho-educational assessment reports that you have (e.g. IPRC, IEP, report cards) to the ASC. Once your documentation has been reviewed, the ASC will contact you to arrange next steps or to schedule an individual Intake appointment.

All documentation will be reviewed by an advisor in the ASC. The purpose of the documentation review is to determine whether or not additional or updated documentation is needed, as well as to determine appropriate post-secondary accommodations based upon each student's particular strengths and weaknesses. Once documentation has been reviewed, students will be contacted by the ASC in order to arrange an individual Intake appointment.

Visual, Hearing, Medical, Mental Health, Cognitive and Physical Disabilities

Prior to making an appointment, students seeking accommodations for visual, medical, hearing, mental health, cognitive and physical disabilities for the first time must submit their documentation to the ASC as early as possible.

Documentation requirements include:

Visual, medical, mental health, cognitive and physical disabilities:

Students with visual, medical, physical disabilities or mental health diagnosis are required to provide a completed ASC's Medical Documentation Form dated within the last 12 months from the appropriate medical professional e.g. family doctor/psychiatrist, neurologist.

If you already have medical documentation that you feel will meet our needs to determine appropriate post-secondary accommodations, please submit it and we will let you know if further documentation is required after your intake appointment.

Depending on the nature of their disability and the length of the program, students may be asked to provide updated and/or additional medical documentation to the ASC throughout the duration of their program.

Students with temporary medical conditions (e.g. broken arm) will be required to provide a ASC's Medical Documentation Form or other appropriate documentation.

Deaf, deafened, hard of hearing

Students who are deaf, deafened or hard of hearing are required to submit an audiogram that reflects the current level of their hearing loss.

How to submit your documentation

Students with a diagnosis relating to visual, medical, hearing, mental health, cognitive and physical disabilities seeking resources and support at the ASC are requested to submit their documentation to the ASC as early as possible, ideally before the start of their first academic term. Students should also complete and submit the Student information form [PDF – 259 KB] along with their disability documentation.

How do I Apply?

Students who wish to request disability accommodations and support through the ASC, will require an intake appointment. Your intake appointment will provide you with an opportunity to discuss your disability needs and how our office may be able to support you.

Students will be required to provide up to date/current medical and/or psychological documentation from the appropriate professional prior to receiving accommodations.

ASC Registration steps

  1. Complete the Student information form [PDF – 259 KB] and submit by email, fax or in person. We encourage students to complete this step as soon as you've been admitted to the college.
  2. Along with the intake form, submit copies of disability documentation.
  3. A staff member will contact you to arrange your intake session or initial appointment.

Additional Information

Students can start on the road to success long before the first day of classes. We offer three specific transition programs to meet the needs of first year students with disabilities. The three programs offered are listed below:

Spring Transition - Transition program for prospective students with a disability (students and their guest).

The ASC offers a one-day spring transition session for prospective students who have applied to, or are considering attending Durham College. This session will help you and your parents/guardians better understand what changes you will experience at the post-secondary level and what different supports are available to assist you. You will have the opportunity to ask questions from our panel of experts; tour key parts of the campus; and learn about how you can access supports on campus.

For more information about this program, please click on this page.

ASC Quick Start – Transition program for students with learning disabilities and AD/HD (students only).

Coming Soon

The Access and Support Centre (ASC) is creating a new web-based course for students with learning disabilities and/or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) to support their transition into college. The course will be designed specifically to target and address areas of transitioning into post-secondary education that research has shown to be difficult for students going into their first year.

For more information about this program, please click on this page.

ASC STEP – Transition program for any student registered with the ASC ( students only).

The Access and Support Centre is offering a summer transition program for students with disabilities entering Durham College. The program named STEP will assist students in preparing for post-secondary studies.

The transition program will help you to become familiar with the campus environment and services. You will also have the opportunity to develop and apply skills which will support your studies at the post-secondary level.

For more information about this program, please click on this page.

We encourage students and parents to review the information on the transition programs as early as possible. Students are required to register with the ASC to determine if they are eligible for one of the transition programs.

Students who have attended our transition programs indicate that the information and skills they learned from our programs increased their confidence and positively impacted their academic success.