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Niagara College

Since opening its doors in 1967 in Welland and expanding into other parts of Niagara, Niagara College has grown to become a leader in education and training and one of the most enterprising colleges in Canada.

Niagara College has an enrolment of more than 9,000 full-time students and more than 15,000 Continuing Education registrants annually. (source)

 

Centre for Students with Disabilities

Niagara College has many great services that can be helpful to students with disabilities, including visible and non-visible disabilities. (source)

 

Academic Resources

Examples of accommodations available include:

  • note takers
  • peer tutors
  • test/exam time extensions
  • scribes
  • books on tape, E-text
  • learning strategies training
  • assistive technology training

Please note: If you require a sign language interpreter or books on tape, we need to know as soon as possible to ensure prompt accommodations.

For specific accommodations according to different types of disabilities:

Attention Deficits

Academic Accommodations

Students with disabilities are expected to accomplish the "core competencies" of their programs. To achieve this, accommodations are provided to minimize or eliminate any disadvantage their disability presents. Accommodations are unique to each individual.

The disability support office in your college makes these recommendations based on confidential documentation that the student provides to the college. Some of the most commonly provided academic accommodations to students with ADHD include:

  • reduced course load (encourage taking fewer courses per term to help manage workload)
  • provision of a note taker for lectures (due to problems with listening and note-taking done simultaneously)
  • access to a computer to organize and edit assignments
  • provision of extended time for tests and exams. The amount of extra time is determined by the disability support office, but is usually time and a half.
  • tape recording of lectures
  • short breaks to help the student refocus attention (testing situations included)
  • writing exams/tests in a quiet room free from distractions
  • time extensions on assignments (to be negotiated ahead of time between student and professor)

Blind or Low Vision

Academic Accommodations

Students with disabilities are expected to accomplish the "core competencies" of their programs. To achieve this, accommodations are provided to minimize or eliminate any disadvantage their disability presents.

Accommodations are unique to each individual. The disability support office in your college makes these recommendations based on confidential documentation that the student provides to the college.

Some of the most commonly provided academic accommodations to students who are blind or visually impaired include:

  • provision of extended time for tests and exams. The amount of extra time is determined by the disability support office.
  • provision of a scribe/reader for exams and tests
  • provision of a notetaker for lectures
  • provision of alternative format materials (AFM), such as braille, large print, audio tapes or electronic files
  • preferential seating (to optimize listening and proximity to an electrical outlet)
  • tape recording of lectures
  • access to assistive/adaptive technology
  • alternative evaluation methods such as oral presentations or audio taped assignments in lieu of written papers

Deaf, Deafened, and Hard of Hearing

Academic Accommodations

Students with disabilities are expected to accomplish the "core competencies" of their programs. To achieve this, accommodations are provided to minimize or eliminate any disadvantage their disability presents.

Accommodations are unique to each individual. The disability support office in your college makes these recommendations based on confidential documentation that the student provides to the college.

Some of the most commonly provided academic accommodations to students who are deaf or hard of hearing include:

  • priority seating for the students and their computerized notetakers and their interpreters
  • access to computerized notetaker or an interpreter and manual notetaker
  • provision of extended time for tests and exams. The amount of extra time is determined by the disability support office
  • access to an interpreter during tests and exams, to interpret questions
  • provide clarification on tests, exams and assignments. If interpreter is not available, ensure the conversation is written down
  • ensure that any last minute changes or errors on tests and exams are provided to the student in writing
  • use of sign/oral language interpreters for oral assignments
  • access to assistive devices such as captioning devices, FM systems, TTY
  • use of computer for completion of test/assignments
  • extended time to complete the program and/or reduced course load
  • adapted methods of evaluation such as marking on content rather than writing style
  • provision of advance reading lists, texts and content specific vocabulary
  • provide computerized notetakers and interpreters with copies of reading material and videos at least one week in advance of when it is being taught.

Please note:

If you require a sign language interpreter or alternate format materials, we need to know as soon as possible to ensure prompt accommodations. Specialized orientation is available upon request. Please contact our office to make arrangements.

Learning Disabilities

Academic Accommodations

Students with disabilities are expected to accomplish the "core competencies" of their programs. To achieve this, accommodations are provided to minimize or eliminate any disadvantage their disability presents.

Accommodations are unique to each individual. The disability support office in your college makes these recommendations based on confidential documentation that the student provides to the college.

Some of the most commonly provided academic accommodations to students with learning disabilities include:

  • a reduced course load
  • provision of a notetaker for lectures
  • tape recording of lectures
  • access to alternative format materials such as books on tape
  • access to a word processor with spell check, thesaurus, grammar check for completion of final copy of written work
  • clarification of information on overheads, charts and lecture material
  • alternative methods of evaluation, such as point form responses rather than full sentences, in content courses
  • provision of extended time for tests and exams. The amount of extra time is determined by the disability support office but is usually time and a half.
  • use of memory aids or formula cards
  • supplementary oral exams
  • exams may need to be written on a computer with editing functions and/or adaptive software
  • use of writing tools (e.g. spelling dictionary) so marks are not taken off for spelling
  • exams/tests may need to be scribed and written in a quiet writing room
  • clarification of questions on tests/exams
  • use of a calculator on tests/exams

Medical Disabilities

Academic Accommodations

Students with disabilities are expected to accomplish the "core competencies" of their programs. To achieve this, accommodations are provided to minimize or eliminate any disadvantage their disability presents.

Accommodations are unique to each individual. The disability support office in your college makes these recommendations based on confidential documentation that the student provides to the college.

Some of the most commonly provided academic accommodations to students with medical disabilities include:

  • use of memory aids such as formula cards during tests
  • allowance of break periods as needed for rest and taking medication
  • ergonomically designed seating/furnishings
  • adjusted course grades for medical reasons (ie. no penalty for late withdrawals)
  • alternative methods of evaluation
  • access to notetaker and/or scribe
  • provision of extended time for tests and exams. The amount of extra time is determined by the disability support office.
  • allowances for their absences for medical reasons (ie. rescheduling of tests or exams)

Mental Health Disabilities

Academic Accommodations

Students with disabilities are expected to accomplish the "core competencies" of their programs. To achieve this, accommodations are provided to minimize or eliminate any disadvantage their disability presents.

Accommodations are unique to each individual. The disability support office in your college makes these recommendations based on confidential documentation that the student provides to the college.

Some of the most commonly provided academic accommodations to students with mental health disabilities include:

  • adjusted course grades for medical reasons (ie. no penalty for late withdrawals)
  • separate testing room
  • provision of extended time for tests and exams. The amount of extra time is determined by the disability support office.
  • use of memory aids such as formula cards during tests
  • alternative evaluation procedures
  • priority scheduling of classes (ie. time of day and sequence of courses in a program)
  • provision of a note taker for lectures
  • reduced course load
  • allowance of break periods as needed for rest and taking medication
  • access to on-site emergency psychological support and referral service

Mild Acquired Brain Injury

Academic Accommodations

Students with disabilities are expected to accomplish the "core competencies" of their programs. To achieve this, accommodations are provided to minimize or eliminate any disadvantage their disability presents.

Accommodations are unique to each individual. The disability support office in your college makes these recommendations based on confidential documentation that the student provides to the college.

Some of the most commonly provided academic accommodations to students with ABI include:

  • use of memory aids such as formula cards during tests
  • provision of a note taker for lectures
  • tape recording of lectures
  • provision of written, step by step instructions when assigning work
  • time extensions for in-class assignments
  • separate room for writing exams
  • priority seating to facilitate attention
  • allow break periods as needed for rest and taking medications
  • provision of extended time for tests and exams. The amount of extra time is determined by the disability support office.
  • allowing point form responses to essay questions
  • the use of oral exams in place of, or as a supplement to, written exams
  • a modified exam scheduled to spread out the work-load (longer exams may even need to be broken down into sections that can be completed separately)

Mobility Impairments

Academic Accommodations

Students with disabilities are expected to accomplish the "core competencies" of their programs. To achieve this, accommodations are provided to minimize or eliminate any disadvantage their disability presents.

Accommodations are unique to each individual. The disability support office in your college makes these recommendations based on confidential documentation that the student provides to the college.

Some of the most commonly provided academic accommodations to students with mobility impairments include:

  • access to adaptive technology, assistive devices and/or a scribe or notetaker
  • allowance of break periods as needed for rest, taking medication and toileting
  • ergonomically designed seating/furnishings
  • advance book/reading lists
  • preferential seating
  • access to all learning activities and services
  • provision of extended time for tests and exams. The amount of extra time is determined by the disability support office.
  • reduced course load
  • early access to timetable for transportation purposes
  • punctuality should not be penalized where mobility is a factor
  • attendant services (funded through MOH)

Non-Academic Resources

On-Campus Attendant Care Services

Attendant Care for students with disabilities who need assistance while studying at college.

By requesting this service, you may receive non-medical assistance provided by Support Services Attendants who are trained and provided by Ontario March of Dimes.

This program is funded by the Ministry of Health and offered by Ontario March of Dimes at no cost to the student or teacher.
Services include:

  • mobility and transfer assistance
  • cafeteria assistance and/or meal preparation
  • range of motion exercises
  • assistance with shopping
  • personal routines including personal grooming, toileting and hygiene
  • library assistance

Students requiring on-campus attendant services are encouraged to contact the Niagara Branch of the Ontario March of Dimes by telephone: 905-687-8484.

See: Ontario March of Dimes website (www.marchofdimes.ca)

Residence Accommodations

I have a medical concern and require special consideration in the room assignment process. What should I do?

Please provide your details on the Medical, Accessibility, and Special Consideration section when completing your acceptance information to provide us with more information about how we can support your success in Residence. Students requiring special accommodations on campus are encouraged to also contact the Disability Services office on campus.

If you are not completing your acceptance information online, please contact the Residence directly for the "Request for Special Consideration Form" to provide us with more information about how we can support your success in Residence. Please note that the Requests for Special Considerations form is taken into consideration once the student has been accepted into Residence and will not assist the student in bypassing the waitlist. (question 9)

What Type of Documentation is Needed?

The Centre for Students with Disabilities (CSWD) is responsible for providing accommodation(s) to students with disabilities.

When requesting accommodations or academic supports you will need to provide us with written confirmation of your diagnosis and/or the nature of your disability.

This documentation will help to ensure that you will benefit from every opportunity to succeed.

Because the Centre deals with a wide variety of disabilities/conditions, it is important that you provide your disability counsellor with as much information as possible so that we can understand your needs.

To receive appropriate accommodation(s) and to ensure that you benefit from every opportunity to succeed, the following type of information would be helpful: (as appropriate)

  • The typical symptoms you may experience.
  • The impact of your disability on your schooling, ie; attention, concentration, learning ability, fatigue, absences etc.
  • The type of medication prescribed and the possible side effect(s).
  • Any permanent or temporary impairment.
  • Any treatment that may disrupt your academic program.
  • Any other special considerations.

Resource Link

You may find it helpful to download and print the following document to bring with you as a reference for your doctor:

Documenting Your Disability Sheet

How Do I Apply?

So you're starting college soon. We understand that you are probably anxious and nervous and we hope to make your first contact with our office as smooth and productive as possible. In the long run we will strive to assist you throughout your college experience at Niagara so that your time with us is positive, successful and rewarding.

In order to help you make your first visit as helpful as can be, we encourage you to review the material below. There are many forms and documents for you to review. And, if you do it now, it will give us more time during our first meeting to discuss the most important things such as your academic accommodations. Please do not worry, if something below is not clear, you can call us for clarification. In the end, by the time we have our first meeting, we will definitely go over anything you don't understand. Also, we would like to suggest that you print and sign the documents number 3 to 6 below and bring them with you at your first meeting.

1. Intake Form

Please complete this PDF form using your computer. Be extra careful to input the correct e-mail address and telephone number as well as all other information. After you have completed the appropriate fields, save a copy on your system and e-mail it to our office at, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for processing.

2. Documenting your Disability Form

This document is very important. It gives you the guidelines on the types of documentation we will require in order to provide you with the right accommodation. As well, documentation help us to confirm your status as a student with disability, for those who are OSAP eligible. After reading this document if you are still unsure of what you should bring, please give us a call. If you need to visit your doctor, you should print this page and bring it with you, it will help your doctor understand what you require. Finally, don't forget to bring your documentation with you at your first meeting. More information can be found at Documenting Your Disability.

3. Confidentiality Statement Form

This next document is our confidentiality statement, which explains how we respect your confidentiality and some exceptions to the rule. Please review and understand this document. If you have any questions or concerns, your counsellor will be happy to assist you.

4. Expectation of Students Form

Students who receive assistance from the disability office should respect certain basic rules in order to be successful. Please review, print and sign.

5. Intellectual Property Agreement Form

This form states that you acknowledge that your professors' material obtained by audio, video etc. will be used by you personally and will not be shared through social medias or other online services. Again read, print and sign.

6. Release of Information Form

At times, your counsellor may need to contact your teacher(s) or other college personnel to review your needs and ensure that you receive proper assistance during your studies at Niagara College. Note that during such contact, only relevant information to your learning will be discussed. Print, complete and sign.

Additional Information

Pre-Admission Test Accommodation

Students with disabilities, who apply to a Niagara College program requiring a pre-admission test, can receive assistance and support. When your College application is processed, you will be invited to register, on-line, to write your pre-admission test if required. At the end of the registration form, you will be asked to indicate if you have a disability and instructed to complete an accommodation request form in the affirmative.

For more information about this program, please visit this page.