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
If you are planning on requesting academic accommodations you'll need to provide documentation. Documentation must be provided by a professional qualified to diagnose in the area of your disability.
Your documentation must be recent (typically completed within the past 3-5 years) and contain information about the nature and functional impact(s) of your disability. If you do not have current diagnostic information we can help you explore other avenues to obtain documentation.
If you are obtaining first-time or updated medical documentation (or if you are thinking you may apply for permanent disability funding i.e. for services or technology), your medical assessor can provide the information required by using one of these helpful downloadable forms:
- Brain Injury
- Mental Health (same form can also be used for ADHD and Autism Spectrum)
- Permanent or Chronic Disability
Students with Specific Learning Disabilities can submit a Psycho-Educational Assessment completed by a registered psychologist, registered psychological associate or a certified school psychologist.
Once you have completed documentation you can scan and email the documentation to us prior to requesting an intake appointment.
Please download and complete a Pre-Intake Form and attach it with your medical documentation (in PDF format) in an email to email@example.com.
- Pre-Intake Form in PDF format (save to your device and use in Adobe Reader)
- Pre-Intake Form in Microsoft Word.docx format
Once you have completed this Pre-Intake step and we have received and reviewed your Pre-Intake information, we will contact you by email to schedule an appointment. We respond to applicants as soon as possible, on a first-come first-served basis. Please note that during peak business times (i.e. August - October), a response from CAL may take 5-15 business days.
Your supporting documentation is confidential and kept securely at the Centre for Accessible Learning. It is used for the purpose of determining eligibility for academic accommodation.
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.
Planning and scheduling sign language interpreting/or transcribing or visual access services take considerable time. Students requesting these need to connect with CAL as early as possible so arrangements can be made.
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.
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.
Academic accommodations decision making is a dynamic and consultative process guided by key concepts, key content and some limitations.
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 note 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