After your initial registration with the Centre for Accessible Learning, you can meet with our staff at any time for follow-up or to discuss any issues that you have encountered in relation to your approved accommodations or to discuss your academic progress.
Once you are registered with the Centre for Accessible Learning you can meet with our staff at any time for follow-up or to discuss any issues that you have encountered in relation to your approved accommodations or to discuss your academic progress.
After your intake appointment with an Instructor, Centre for Accessible Learning, they and other centre staff can help you with:
- part-time study options
- course material in alternative format
- liaison with instructors
- funding options for education, services and equipment
- follow-up and check-in to monitor academic progress, and provide assistance as necessary
- assistive technology
- reading and writing software: Kurzweil 3000 Web Version
- visual access: JAWS and ZoomText
You are responsible to communicate with your instructors. CAL will provide you with a letter for each course instructor outlining what accommodations you require. In some circumstances CAL staff will email the accommodation letter directly to your instructor.
Connecting with your instructors will help you achieve your goals, and will provide your instructor the opportunity to learn how they can support you. You are not required to disclose the nature of your disability, just what accommodations you need.
Supports are determined on an individual basis so, as an individual with a disability, your voice and knowledge of what works for you is integral to the process of setting up your accommodations. We can help you become your own advocate.
If you have accommodations for exams, it is your responsibility to complete the exam invigilation form a minimum of two weeks ahead of the scheduled exam date. Students in trade (Apprenticeship and Foundation) programs take courses with shorter notice periods so a paper exam invigilation form is available for pickup and completion from the CAL exams office at Interurban. That form must be completed and submitted to CAL a minimum of three business days prior to the exam. Please direct your exam questions to our friendly and helpful staff at the Lansdowne Exams Office or the Interurban Exams Office.
The Centre for Accessible Learning works with CAPER-BC and other providers to convert textbooks, course-packs and other course materials into accessible forms. Submit your requests for accessible materials as soon as you know what course materials will be required. If you have questions about alternate format or accessible technology contact Beth Kope (Lansdowne) or Nancy-Ellen Mabey (Interurban).
Deaf and hard-of-hearing students requiring support for interpreters, transcribers or FM systems should contact Beth Kope. All interpreters and transcribers are hired and assigned based on their experience, education and availability.
Funding is available to eligible students with disabilities through StudentAid BC. The college’s Financial Aid office or your CAL Accessibility Consultant can answer your questions and provide guidance.
In addition to programs that assist with the costs of books and tuition, there are those that provide funding for exceptional educational costs including computers, tutors, interpreters, note-takers etc.
Other college supports
There are many Camosun resources to help you along the way. You are encouraged to make use of all of the available supports. Not sure which support service you need? Ask CAL staff to help guide you.
For help with choosing a program, courses or transferring credits.
Additional support and resources for Indigenous students.
Professional counsellors are available to support you through life's difficulties and to help you be successful and healthy during your time at Camosun.
Academic support in introductory level English and math courses.
Get help with your research assignments and borrow books, DVDs, laptops and noise-cancelling headphones. Computers and study rooms are available during library opening hours
Resources and services to enhance your mental health and well-being.
The Office of Student Support works collaboratively with students, staff, faculty and community partners to guide and support students on their learning journey towards student success. This office oversees the college’s Sexualized Violence and Misconduct policy and education initiative.
Learn effective writing strategies in one-to-one consultations. Develop your learning skills to achieve academic success.
Student Drop-In Hours
Drop-in times are intended for returning students who need a brief appointment. If you need more than 10 minutes, we are happy to schedule an appointment for you.
- Mondays: 10:30-11:30am
- Tuesdays: 1:30–2:30pm
- Wednesdays: 1:30–2:30pm
- Thursdays: 10:30–11:30am
- Fridays: 1:30-2:30pm
No drop-in on Jan 31, Feb 4, 12, 14, 18 and 19.
- Monday-Friday: 11:30am-12:30pm