After your initial registration with the Centre for Accessible Learning, you can connect with our staff for follow-up to discuss your academic accommodations or any academic access issues.
After your intake appointment with an Instructor, Centre for Accessible Learning, they and other centre staff can help you with:
- academic accommodations
- referrals to advising for exploring reduced course load study options
- course material in alternative format for students with print-based disabilities (electronic text)
- liaison with course instructors
- funding options for education, services and equipment
- assistive technology
- reading and writing software: Kurzweil 3000 Web Version
- visual access: JAWS and ZoomText
You are responsible to communicate with your instructors. If you are registered with CAL, CAL will provide you with a letter for each course instructor outlining what accommodations you require. Please request these letters through the Faculty Notification Release Request form. Simply download the form, fill it in, save (or take a screenshot) and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org. CAL will produce the letter and email it to the course instructors listed.
Supports are determined on an individual basis, so as a person with a disability, your voice and knowledge of what works for you is integral to the process of considering and setting up your accommodations. You play an important role in academic accommodations by being part of this dynamic and consultative process guided by key concepts, key content and some limitations.
Connecting with your course instructors shortly after you have shared your letter of academic accommodation (as early as possible at the beginning of the term, if possible) will provide an opportunity to discuss the content, structure and expectations of the course as they relate to your academic accommodations. Connecting in with your instructor(s) gives you both a good opportunity to consider how the term might work and any contingency plans that may be needed. You are not required to disclose the nature of your disability to your course instructor(s), just what academic accommodations you need.
If you have accommodations for exams, it is your responsibility to review and follow the processes outlined on the Exams page. Please direct your exam questions to our friendly and helpful staff by emailing email@example.com.
The Centre for Accessible Learning works with CAPER-BC and other providers to convert textbooks, course-packs and other course materials into accessible electronic format. Submit your requests for accessible materials as soon as you know what course materials will be required. Advance notice is required as we receive many requests for texts in alternative format and processing time is significant. Requests or questions about alternate format or accessible technology should be directed to 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. Please submit requests for these services with as much advanced notice as possible as scheduling service providers takes considerable time.
- If you are a first time student interested in finding out more about this funding, make a phone appointment with your CAL Instructor. Your Instructor can describe eligibility requirements and may provide you with a referral to the college’s Financial Aid office.
- If you are a student who has received students with disabilities grant funding for services and/or equipment in the past and you wish to do so again, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
In addition to programs that assist with the costs of books and tuition, there are those that provide funding for exceptional educational costs including accessibility hardware and software (including computers), tutors, interpreters, note-sharers, 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.
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