Accessible Learning

Register for Support


To register with our services, we require documentation in the form of psycho-educational assessments or medical documentation from a health professional that is dated within the past 5 years. Your documentation must identify a permanent or temporary disability.

We provide accommodations based on the recommendations in each student’s documentation. We cannot accept IEPs alone. You can send your documentation through email (disability.access@acadiau.ca), fax (902-585-1093) or mail (Accessible Learning Services, Box 189, Wolfville, NS B4P 2R6).

Please complete the intake packet (PDF), which includes an academic skills survey. The survey allows us to see what you would like to work on in addition to developing a semester plan on how to build these skills. 

Renewal of old documentation 

If your documentation is older than five years and you are in the process of obtaining new documentation, you can register with Accessible Learning Services provided:

  1. You submit a copy of the old documentation to Accessible Learning Services.
  2. You make immediate arrangements for a new assessment or evaluation. You can access funding for updating psycho-educational assessments through grants or insurance.

Confidentiality 

The information that Acadia University collects from you will remain confidential unless:

  • You give your consent for information to be released or shared
  • The information you share suggests either potential self-harm or harm to others
  • The information you share alludes to a potential crime or a violation of university rules or policies 

It is important to note that registering with our services does not appear on your transcript or school record.

What is Considered a Permanent Disability?

The term “Permanent disability” applies to a range of disabilities including physical, psychological, medical and or cognitive/learning disorders. Sometimes students automatically associate having a permanent disability strictly with having a visible or physical disability; however, this is a misconception that often prevents students who have varying forms of disabilities beyond physical ones (psychological or cognitive, for example) from accessing the services and accommodations for which they are, in fact, eligible.

  • Physical Disabilities include but are not limited to acquired brain injuries, blindness, visual impairment, deafness*, hearing impairment, spinal cord injuries, spina bifida, Cerebral palsy, Cystic fibrosis, Epilepsy, Multiple Sclerosis, Muscular dystrophy, Tourette syndrome, and Dwarfism.

    *Please note: According to the Canadian Association of the Deaf, “Deaf (with capital D) [is]: A sociological term referring to those individuals who are medically deaf or hard of hearing who identify with and participate in the culture, society, and language of Deaf people, which is based on Sign language. Their preferred mode of communication is Sign”. 

  • Psychological Disabilities include but are not limited to autism spectrum disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia.

  • Learning Disorders include but are not limited to aphantasia, dyspraxia, and dyslexia.

  • Medical Disabilities include but are not limited to chronic health disorders, Lyme disease, MS, diabetes, cancers, cystic fibrosis, AIDS, and epilepsy.
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