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Northern College

With over 75 full-time, part-time, certificate, diploma, and apprenticeship programs and hundreds of in-class, web-based, and correspondence courses, you are sure to find exactly what you are looking for. Northern also provides post-secondary and career-entrance preparation programs and academic upgrading to help you get where you want to go. (source)


Accessibility Services

Northern College recognizes that some students have a disability that requires physical adaptations to the facilities, and/or the provision of special support services and assistive devices in order for these students to successfully complete their studies. A Learning Strategist/Assistive Technologist will provide one-on-one assessments, learning strategies and technological assistance to students with learning disabilities. (source)


Academic Resources

Accommodations may include:

  • Note-taking for lectures
  • Access to alternate format materials such as textbook on CD
  • Access to a word processor with spell check, grammar, and thesaurus for the completion of the final copy of written work
  • Extended time for tests/exams
  • Tests/exams in a quiet place (outside the classroom)
  • Use of a calculator on tests/exams
  • Scribe/Readers for tests/exams

What Type of Documentation is Needed?

Applicants with disabilities are encouraged to contact the advisors in the Accessibility Services to discuss their program of study and any accommodations. Furthermore, each student who requires accommodations is required to present a copy of his/her medical or psycho-educational documentation to the advisors of the Centre. Once approval for accommodations has been made by the advisor and the Regional/Associate Regional Director, appropriate adaptations can be implemented and subsequent planning for provisions can be completed.

Types of Disabilities

Students with disabilities may include:

  • Deaf and hard of hearing
  • Visually impaired
  • Mobility impaired
  • Learning disabled
  • Mental disabilities
  • Physically impaired
  • Multiple impaired
  • Anxiety/Stress disorders

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.