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Accessibility Services

Learning and taking classes remotely from home may have its challenges.

Here are a couple of resources that may help.

Our services and supports are provided to students with a temporary or permanent disability to ensure equal access at St. Lawrence College. We work collaboratively with students and faculty to ensure that the academic environment is accessible to all.

Our Kingston, Brockville, and Cornwall campuses have full-time staff that support students with disabilities and faculty in a collaborative and encouraging manner. Students with temporary or permanent disabilities or functional limitations can access individually designed supports, personal counseling and accommodations to meet their academic and placement needs.

SLC's goal is to address the attitudinal, informational, communication, technological, organizational, and physical barriers that can hinder the success of students with disabilities as they strive to achieve their educational, personal and career goals.

SLC embraces the legal and ethical rights to equal opportunity and freedom from discrimination for individuals with disabilities as noted under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (1982), the Ontario Human Rights Code (1990) and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (2005), particularly as it applies to our students.

While not all students with disabilities at SLC register with Student Wellness & Accessibility, it is through the stewardship of Student Wellness & Accessibility and participation of the broader college and local communities that SLC continues to be committed to providing a learning environment that is accessible for all students.

An academic accommodation is an educational practice, system, or support service designed to equalize the opportunity of a person with a disability in meeting essential requirements of achieving the documented learning outcomes of a course or program. It can be a change in the typical way a student is expected to learn, complete assignments or take part in class. Accommodations include things like alternative reading formats or physical changes to the classroom.

St. Lawrence College accommodates students with temporary or permanent disabilities as defined in Section 10 (1) of the Ontario Human Rights Code, 1990. Accommodations are based on the functional limitations associated with a student’s disability, which interfere with their academic functioning, as well as, tailored to correspond with the specific program requirements. Students who receive accommodations must still meet the essential course and program requirements in order to be successful. Accommodations provided to our students with disabilities ensure access, not success, and do not provide an advantage - they simply "level the playing field."

Refer to Academic Accommodations for Students with Disabilities Policy (pdf).

For more information about academic accommodations, please contact your campus Accessibility Services office (see below).
If you already receive academic accommodations, the following resources are for you:
[Student Reference Guide] – a must-read for all students registered with Accessibility Services.
• [Academic Accommodations Student Information Checklist] – Know what you need to do if you have been approved for certain accommodations.
[Academic Accommodations Student Responsibilities Form] – Know what you are responsible for if you have been approved for certain accommodations.

Learning and taking classes remotely from home may have its challenges. Here are some options for assistive technology:

Adaptive or Assistive Technology (AT) is a generic term that includes any piece of equipment or software that is used to increase efficiency, maintain function, or improve the capability of individuals with disabilities. AT is used to achieve greater independence while compensating for any functional deficits.

The Adaptive Technologists work closely with the Counsellors/Accessibility Advisors in supporting students with disabilities. After a referral, students may see an Adaptive Technologist for:

  • An AT assessment and/or review of existing AT
  • Assistance with the ordering / purchasing process
  • On-going training and troubleshooting needs

The following links take you to another browser window which will open a YouTube video on the SLC AT Library channel. This YouTube Channel hosts a wide variety of training videos. Please feel free to browse through all of these videos if you feel they will be helpful.

Link to SLC Adaptive Technology Youtube Channel

If you have any questions about the software listed here, please contact your campus Accessibility Office.

Student Wellness & Accessibility at St. Lawrence College offers testing for students who require testing accommodations.

To request a test in one of our accessible test centres, please refer to the campus-specific information below.

  • Kingston Campus

Accessible Test Centre: Room 00485

Please complete the online Request for Testing Form.

  • Brockville Campus

Accessible Test Centre: Room 212

Students in need of specific accommodations and accessibility for tests/exams should contact our Test Centre Clerk for the Brockville campus, Tammy Hall, at 613.345.0550, ext. 3129 or testcentrebrockville@sl.on.ca.

  • Cornwall Campus

Accessible Test Centre: Room M1432

Students in need of specific accommodations and accessibility for tests/exams should contact our Test Centre Clerk for the Cornwall campus, Lynn Charron at 613.933.6080, ext 2139 or testcentrecornwall@sl.on.ca. Students may also wish to contact their on-campus Student Success Facilitator or Student Wellness & Accessibility, for additional resources.

Students that are registered with Student Wellness & Accessibility may be eligible for alternative format textbooks based on their disability. If you are eligible, you will need to submit a request for the textbooks that you require in alternative format every semester.

Steps to request:

Step 1: Upload a copy of your SLC Book List

  • Find this document by logging into the student portal at slc.me. From the homepage, find "Academics" in the top navigation bar, and click on "Book Lists/Learning Materials"." Search the book Lists by campus and semester.
  • Save a copy to your computer/device. This can be uploaded with the online form.

Step 2: Obtain a copy of proof that you have purchased the textbooks that you require in altformat

  • Take a clear photo, scan or screenshot of your book receipt. This can be uploaded with the online form.

If you do NOT have your book receipt, please contact altmedia@sl.on.ca.

Step 3: Complete Alternative Textbook Request Form

If you need assistance, please contact the Altmedia Technician at altmedia@sl.on.ca.

Learning Coaches:

  • work with students with disabilities; they are professional employees hired by our college and are not students
  • may act as scribes, readers or proctors for testing accommodations
  • in study sessions, provide assistance in areas such as time management, assignment organization, study skills, and testing strategies. Learning Coaches are not academic/subject related tutors.

Please contact Student Wellness & Accessibility for more information on Learning Coach Supports.

Learning and taking classes remotely from home may have its challenges. Here are some learning strategy tips that may help:

Learning Strategies (LS) are active plans or approaches that help you to learn more effectively and efficiently.

Our Learning Strategists assist students with the development of skills and motivation necessary for academic success. Learning Strategy appointments use a one-on-one approach with a focus on the individual needs of each student. Learning Strategists and students work collaboratively to create a plan to work on skills such as time management, organization, note-taking strategies, effective textbook-reading methods, study practices, and more.

Anyone is welcome to our Learning Strategy resources below.

To find out more information on our Learning Strategy Services, please contact accessibility@sl.on.ca or contact your campus Student Wellness & Accessibility Office.

St. Lawrence College recognizes its duty to accommodate a person with a disability accompanied by a guide/signal dog or a service animal, as per the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act.

Accommodations for service animals are implemented based on medical documentation verifying disability and need for a service animal. Student Wellness & Accessibility will assist in processing all service animal requirements for students. Please review the full Service Animal Policy for details. Instructions and documentation are available here: Service Animal Policy.

Forms:

Service Animal - Instructions

Service Animal Request Form

Contract for Service Animal and Partner

Please contact Student Wellness & Accessibility for more information on the registration process for Service Animals.

It is recommended that all students who are registered with Accessibility Services read this handbook.

Student Reference Guide/ Accessibility Services - Student Reference Guide 2020-2021

Peer Note-takers are assigned to take classroom notes for classmates who, because of a learning, physical, and/or mental health disability, struggle with, or are unable to, take their own notes. This support allows the student to focus on listening to the professor and on the information being delivered.

Students receiving notes from a Peer Note-taker are registered with Student Wellness & Accessibility.

Become a Peer Note-taker:

  • Peer Note-takers are classmates of the student and are familiar with the subject matter.
  • Peer Note-takers are responsible for: recording the content of the classes in an organized and legible manner, being in good academic standing, attending class regularly and maintaining confidentiality.
  • Peer Note-takers will receive a $75 gift card per course at the end of each semester upon successful completion of their duties.
  • Peer Note-takers will also receive Student Life Credits for their services.

For more information, and/or to apply:

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