Getting started with the Centre for Accessible Learning
If you need an academic accommodation, it is important to see us as soon as possible. The process of registering can take some time. We are here to help you throughout your time at Camosun.
If you have documented needs that require academic accommodation in the classroom, the Centre for Accessible Learning offers services to help.
This includes, but is not limited to, support for the following:
- Specific Learning Disabilities
- Mental health (for example: depression, bipolar, schizophrenia)
- Neurological (for example: head injury, ADHD, CP)
- Chronic health and physical disabilities
- Low or no vision
- Deaf or hard of hearing
Please schedule an intake appointment with the campus where you will be attending classes. At this time, intake appointments are arranged by calling, or emailing.
At the intake appointment we will discuss academic accommodations designed to lower disability-related barriers to access in your course work and services you may be eligible for. Reduced course load options, funding options and other access-related educational issues may also be discussed.
Service, equipment and funding requests require time to implement. You may require a visual language interpreter, real time transcriber, textbooks in alternate format, tutor, academic strategist, and/or adaptive software/hardware. We recommend you contact us four months prior to the start of the semester. The sooner we connect, the smoother your transition to Camosun will be.
After your intake appointment, staff and faculty at the Centre for Accessible Learning can assist you with accessing specific services and referrals that will build skills for independence and increase access in your education.
Documentation must be provided by a professional qualified to diagnose in the area of the disability.
Your documentation must be recent (typically completed within the past 3-5 years). If you do not have current diagnostic information we can help you explore other avenues to obtain documentation.
We work with students on a case-by-case basis to determine academic accommodations that fit their unique situation. One student’s academic accommodations might be different than another’s and the relationship of those accommodations may intersect with essential learning outcomes in each course differently.
Once you have registered with us and have approved academic accommodations, we can help put in place to lower barriers you might otherwise experience during your program and courses.
Classroom accommodations examples:
- digital audio recorder
- peer not sharer
- visual language interpreter or real time transcriber
- use of a digital device to take notes
- FM application system
- accessible seating
Exam accommodations examples:
- extra time to complete exams (i.e. 1.25x or 1.5x)
- separate setting (shared or separate space as available)
- breaks taken typically within the approved extra time
- adaptive software (i.e. voice to text, text to speech, screen enlargement)
- adaptive hardware (i.e. CCTV enlarger, refreshable braille display)
- accessible seating
- word processor with or without spell check
- calculator where basic numeracy is not being assessed