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Nipissing University

Nipissing University is where it's at! Set in a picture-perfect landscape we foster a tight knit community and are known for our small class sizes, first-rate accessible professors, personalized experience and some of the best residences in the country. Come see for yourself why Nipissing is right where you belong! (source)

 

Student Accessibility Services

Nipissing University welcomes students with disabilities. We strive to provide an accessible, barrier-free learning environment. Our staff will be pleased to discuss programs and support services available to make your university education a productive and rewarding experience. (source)

 

Academic Resources

Assistive Technology

Student Accessibility Services has many tools which students registered with us can access to accommodate barrier free learning. Upon approval from your Accessibility Consultant, computers, smart pens, digital recorders, FM systems, and other technology is available for short term loan. Whether it is a loan or a BSWD equipment purchase, training with these tools and software programs is provided by the Adaptive Technology Technician. Student Accessibility Services also has in-office testing facilities and Adaptive Technology Rooms, located in the Harris Learning Library, all of which have computers loaded with assistive software. (source)

The Adaptive Technology Technician (ATT) also assists students with assistive technology purchases, installation of assistive software, and training with assistive software and equipment. The ATT also diagnoses and provides some servicing for students registered with Student Accessibility Services. Lastly, the ATT provides transcription services for alternate format requests, including textbooks and tests.
For more information contact:

Paul Courville
Office of Student Development & Services - Adaptive Technology Technician
Ext: 4401
Office: B210-S
E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Note Taking

Student Accessibility Services supports students at both the North Bay campus as well as the Muskoka campus. Note taking is a proven way to provide equal access and to contribute to the success of students who have various abilities. When reviewing your documentation, your Accessibility Consultant will determine your need for a note taker.

Note taking services do come at a cost. Ask your Accessibility Consultant about these costs and your eligibility for the 'Bursary for Students with Disabilities' (BSWD). (source)

Students

Upon determining your eligibility, you can request a note taker by completing the Note Taking Request Form​. To avoid any delays in receiving notes, it is best to complete the request form as early as possible so that a match can be found for your course(s) from the beginning of each term.

If a request is received after the term has already begun, we will endeavor to find a match for your course within 7 days of receiving the request, however there is no guarantee. Our office will then contact you once we have found a note taker for the course(s) you have requested.

Testing Accommodations

Student Accessibility Services supports students at both the North Bay campus as well as the Muskoka campus. Various testing accommodations including additional time, distraction-reduced writing space, assistive technology, etc. is available to all students registered with our office provided that their documentation supports the accommodation. Students will learn about their eligibility for testing accommodations once they meet with their Accessibility Consultant who will review their documentation and determine the appropriate support. (source)

Non-Academic Resources

Residence Special Accommodation

Residence Life strives to assist all students with disabilities and/or other specific personal challenges by providing residence accommodations that will meet their needs. In order to assist you, we require your help in determining how we can best address your specific needs.

We will only consider requests for a particular residence from students with disabilities that, if assigned elsewhere, will greatly affect their quality of life. Such requests include medical impairments, hearing or vision impairments, medical health conditions, physical challenges, or other permanent or ongoing medical conditions that would in some way affect the general wellbeing of the resident.

Nipissing University has four rooms in residence which are accessible to physically or mobility impaired students. These accessible residences feature architecturally modified living, sleeping and washroom facilities.

Residence Accommodation Form

What Type of Documentations is Needed

Documentation Needed

Student Accessibility Services can arrange for learning and/or testing accommodations based on your needs. In addition, our staff will assist faculty in meeting your in-class learning and accessibility needs.

If you have concerns about the demands of university life, especially academic demands, you can meet with an Accessibility Consultant and together you can work on strategies to help solve learning challenges and/or manage your work load. In addition, our annual Summer Transition Program (STP) is a program specifically designed to ease the transition of new students with disabilities to the services and resources available at Nipissing University and the North Bay community.

Self-Identification Form

In order to better meet the needs of students with disabilities at Nipissing University, this early identification and information form is made available for you to facilitate early communication with the Student Accessibility Services Office.

This information is collected according to the following principles:

  1. Participant identification is voluntary.
  2. If you choose to identify yourself, all information is CONFIDENTIAL to Student Accessibility Services and cannot be released without your permission.
  3. Identification will not affect your admission status.

Please complete the Self Identification Form and forward it to Diane Sheldon (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or fax to 705-495-2850.

The purpose of requesting this information is to assist the Student Accessibility Services Office to make early accommodations or arrange special services if requested by a student with a disability.

Documentation Requirements

Documentation of your disability must be current and must include:

  • A specific diagnostic statement from a qualified healthcare professional clearly identifying the nature of your disability
  • A description of the functional limitations of your disability and how these limitations may impact your academics
  • Recommendations for specific academic accommodations which appropriately address the identified functional limitations

Examples of qualified healthcare professionals include, but are not limited to: physician/medical specialist, ophthalmologist, certified audiologist, psychiatrist, registered clinical psychologist, neurologist, neuropsychologist, physiotherapist, etc.

In addition, disability specific documentation requirements include:

Learning Disability

A psycho-educational assessment completed by registered psychologist is required. The student must be an adult (at least 16 years of age) at the time of the assessment; the assessment must contain a clear and conclusive diagnostic statement of a learning disability; and the assessment can be no more than five (5) years old.

ADHD

A report completed by a qualified healthcare professional with experience in the diagnosis of ADHD as well as in the treatment of adolescents and adults with ADHD is required.

Deaf, Deafened or Hard of Hearing

An audiologist report is requested.

Low Visions, Blind

An ophthalmologist report is requested.

Medical or Physical Condition

A specific diagnostic statement from a qualified healthcare professional* is requested.

Acquired Brain Injury

A formal medical letter or neuropsychological assessment* is requested.

Mental Health

A specific diagnostic statement from a qualified healthcare professional* (preferably family physician, psychologist, or a psychiatrist) is requested.

Autism Spectrum Disorder

A psycho-educational assessment* or formal letter from a family physician, psychologist, or psychiatrist* is required.

Temporary

A specific diagnostic statement from a qualified healthcare professional* (preferably family physician, psychologist, or a psychiatrist) is requested.

Notes:

  • * If you do not have appropriate documentation that addresses all of these areas, please have a qualified healthcare provider complete the Medical Documentation Form. This form can also be found on the Forms page on our website.
  • ** An Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and/or Identification, Placement and Review Committee Report (IPRC) are educational documents, and although they may be helpful to us as they provide insight into the Special Education support you may have had in elementary and secondary school, the IEP and the IPRC Report are not diagnostic healthcare documents and, therefore, they cannot be accepted as valid documentation of a disability.

If you do have an IEP but no formal documentation of your disability, please attach/forward your IEP and we will contact you for further information.

How Do I Apply?

In order to better meet the needs of students with disabilities at Nipissing University, this early identification and information form is made available for you to facilitate early communication with the Student Accessibility Services Office.

This information is collected according to the following principles:

  • Participant identification is voluntary.
  • If you choose to identify yourself, all information is CONFIDENTIAL to Student Accessibility Services and cannot be released without your permission.
  • Identification will not affect your admission status.

If completing a hard copy of the form, please forward it to Diane Sheldon (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or fax to 705-495-2850.

The purpose of requesting this information is to assist the Student Accessibility Services Office to make early accommodations or arrange special services if requested by a student with a disability.

Self Identification Form

Additional Information

Student Accessibility Services wants to support you with your transition to university-life. The Summer Transition Program (STP) is a FREE six-day program designed to provide new students registering with Student Accessibility Services an opportunity for skill development and an introduction to available supports and services essential to make your transition successful.

The week combines academic, independent living and social components together to help familiarize you not only with Nipissing, but also with North Bay.

Although programming can vary slightly year-to-year, please refer below for an overview of the program offerings from past years.

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