To register with our services, we can accept both psycho-educational assessments and medical documentation dated within the past 7 years.
Individual Education Plans (IEPs) can supplement your information, however we are unable to accept IEPs unaccompanied by other forms of documentation. All accommodations are based on the recommendations in each student’s documentation and therefore may differ between individuals. You can send your documentation directly to Accessible Learning Services through email, fax, or mail.
If your documentation is older than 7 years we may be able to accept it for an interim period provided that:
- You submit a copy of the old documentation to Accessible Learning Services.
- You make immediate arrangements for a new assessment or evaluation. You may be able to access funding for updating psycho-educational assessments through grants or insurance.
If applicable, interim period accommodations will be discussed during your intake meeting.
Step 1: Schedule a Meeting with our Accessibility Resource Facilitator for an intake meeting.
In this meeting you will discuss:
- Provincial services and equipment grants
- Canada Student Grant for Students with Permanent Disabilities (CSG-PD)
- Note-taking, tutoring, and other academic supports
- Documentation requirements and renewal
- Scholarships and opportunities for a reduced course load
- Potential accommodations, dependent upon your documentation
Note: We require active and explicit permission from the individual seeking to register with our services. Students are welcome to have a support person present during their intake meeting, but we are unable to hold intake meetings without the student being present.
Step 2: Provide documentation (if you haven’t already)Based on the recommendations in your documentation, Accessible Learning Services will draft an accommodation letter that is sent at the beginning of each term to your professors.
Step 3: Access resources!
Take a look at our Workshops & Events page, Academic Success Resources, or meet with one of our team to discuss your specific needs and we will provide recommendations for community or university supports. It is important to us to provide evidence-based support and resources to all of our students. While all students may not be eligible for accommodations or identify with having a disability, Acadia has many different programs available to support student success. If you are unsure if our services are for you, please contact us at email@example.com and we can direct you to the appropriate resource.
It is important to note that registering with our services does not appear on your transcript or school record. All documentation provided to Accessible Learning Services is securely stored separate from the rest of your student records and remains confidential.
In fact, any information that Acadia University collects from you remains confidential, as governed by the NS Freedom and Information and Protection of Privacy Act. This means we will not share your information without your explicit consent unless exceptional circumstances occur, such as:
- There is a concern for your safety or others;
- We are legally required to do so (such as a court subpoena);
- You give your explicit consent for information to be released or shared.