Getting started with the Centre for Accessible Learning
If you need an 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.
Attend information session
We recommend that you attend an information session at the Centre for Accessible Learning.
The information session will provide an overview of our services, college resources and funding options. We will discuss eligibility and you will receive Appendix 8 - Request for Permanent Disability Programs which may be required to document your disability.
The sooner we connect, the smoother your transition to Camosun will be.
To register for an information session and receive further details, please contact us.
If you have documented needs that require accommodation in the classroom, the Centre for Accessible Learning offers services to help.
This includes, but is not limited to, support for the following conditions:
- Learning disabilities
- Mental health disabilities, including general anxiety disorder, depression, bipolar, schizophrenia
- Neurological disabilities, including head injury, ADD/ADHD, CP
- Chronic health and physical disabilities
- Visual disabilities
- Deaf or hard of hearing
Following the information session, you will schedule an intake appointment on the campus where you will be attending classes. Intake appointments are arranged by calling, emailing, or coming in person to the centre at either campus.
At the intake appointment we will discuss services you may be eligible for and what educational accommodations you need to support you in your coursework. Part-time study options, funding options and any other educational issues and concerns will also be discussed.
Service, equipment and funding requests require time to implement. You may require a visual language interpreter, captionist, textbooks in alternate format, tutor, note taker, academic strategist, specialized funding, technology and equipment. 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 a wide range of services and ongoing support.
Documentation must be provided by a professional qualified to diagnose in the area of the disability.
Your documentation must be recent (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.
Under BC and Canadian legislation, you have the right to have your needs met during your time at Camosun. We will help arrange classroom and exam accommodations that will support you during your program and courses.
May include the following:
- note-taker/digital recorder
- adaptive work station
- visual language interpreter/captionist
- adaptive software:
- educational attendant
- laptop computer
- FM system
May include the following:
- extra time
- separate setting (shared or separate space)
- adaptive software
- room with an opening window
- digitally recorded/reader
- adaptive equipment (CCTV or workstation)
- white noise
- large print