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Marissa graduated from Arkansas Tech University in 2014 with a M.Sc. in Psychology. In her role at Acadia, she assists students who have disabilities by providing advice related to disclosure and self-advocacy, and application for external bursaries and grants (such as the Canada Study Grant and Services & Equipment Grant). Marissa also helps students access note-takers, tutors, assistive technology, etc.
Emily graduated from Acadia University in 2013 with her M.A. in Sociology focusing on barriers to employment for persons with disabilities in Nova Scotia. In her current role, she coordinates the Work Integrated Learning Program to support student employment opportunities for students with disabilities at Acadia. She provides education/workshops on work readiness, helps students to develop career goals while connecting the goals to what is being learned in the classroom, and partners with campus and community employers to facilitate subsidized work placements.
Kate is primarily responsible for developing needs based workshops to support students improving their time management, communication, and study skills. In addition, Kate is an excellent resource to help students self-advocate. Kate completed her BFA and M.Ed. with a focus on Post-Secondary Leadership at Simon Fraser University and has worked in Student Services in various roles for the last ten years.
Gillian completed her BA from Mount Allison University in 2013. Gillian primarily coordinates midterm and exam accommodations for students who have disabilities. Her duties include processing requests, ensuring accommodations and acting as a liaison between students and faculty.
Policy Regarding Support and Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
(Revised, January 2015)
“The mission of Acadia University is to provide a personalized and rigorous liberal education; promote a robust and respectful scholarly community; and inspire a diversity of students to become critical thinkers, lifelong learners, engaged citizens, and responsible global leaders.”
Acadia values diversity, and believes that supporting and accommodating diverse learners brings richness and depth to a robust and respectful scholarly community. We are therefore committed to making every reasonable attempt to support and accommodate the diverse learning requirements of students with disabilities. All students who have met the entrance criteria established by the University and who have documented disabilities will have access to supports and accommodations that will facilitate their pursuit of the same curricular outcomes as their peers. Students with disabilities who are considering joining our campus community are encouraged to contact the office of Accessible Learning Services to learn more about the specific supports and accommodations Acadia can provide.
The provision of appropriate supports and accommodations is guided by the Nova Scotia Human Rights Act and they are based on recommendations contained in the student’s most recent disability assessment, conducted within the last five years. While supports and accommodations will be coordinated through the Accessible Learning Services office, faculty members exercise their pedagogical judgement to support diverse learners in all aspects of academic work. Accommodations may modify the way course material is accessed, or the way tests, exams, and other assessments of learning are administered; however, the material being taught and the constructs being tested are not altered.
Questions or concerns regarding this Policy or its implementation may be raised with the Coordinator of Accessible Learning, and/or the Chair of the Senate Disability Policy Committee. Appeals may be taken to the Senate Admissions and Academic Standing Committee (Appeals). In cases where the cost of providing accommodations might be a factor in deliberations, the Vice-President Enrollment and Student Services (or delegate) may attend relevant meetings of the committees, as a non-voting member.