Accessibility

Accessibility at Georgian

Welcome to Georgian College Accessibility Services. We are here to support you!

We understand that each individual comes with a unique set of strengths as well as areas of need. Accessibility advisors are case managers that provide information, support and advocacy for students who face physical, medical, sensory, mental health or learning barriers to education. Accessibility advisors support students throughout the educational process, encouraging independence and self-advocacy while providing individualized services and accommodations.

Georgian College endorses and adheres to the Ontario Human Rights Code (OHRC) policy on accessible education and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).

“The OHRC policy recognizes the importance of creating a climate of understanding and mutual respect for the dignity and worth of each person, so that each person can contribute fully to the development and well-being of the community and the Province. The Code guarantees the right to equal treatment in education without discrimination on the ground of disability, as part of the protection for equal treatment in services. This protection applies to elementary and secondary schools, and colleges and universities, both public and private.” — Ontario Human Rights Commission, Policy on accessible education, March 2018

For information regarding accessibility standards and plans for Georgian College, visit our accessibility standards page.

If you are not sure if you are eligible for services, we encourage you to meet with an accessibility advisor to further discuss your individual needs.

For more information or to book an appointment, contact Accessibility Services.

We look forward to working with you!

Accessibility advisors and student accommodations

The primary role of the accessibility advisor is to assist students to determine appropriate accommodations for the post-secondary learning environment based on the student’s experienced disability and documented or disclosed functional limitations.

During the intake meeting, the accessibility advisor will help the student to assess appropriate accommodations and if appropriate, will provide a Letter of Accommodation to the student and faculty via email. At the postsecondary level, it is important for the accessibility advisor to work with faculty to ensure that offered accommodations do not interfere with the core learning outcomes of a course or program.

Your accessibility advisor may also recommend and help you connect other supports such as:

  • adaptive technology
  • assessment services
  • cooperative education and career services
  • tutoring services
  • related bursaries and funding
  • and more based on your individual needs

Please connect with us. We’re here to help.

Please contact us to make a phone or video appointment with an accessibility advisor.

Meet with an accessibility advisor

Please discuss your needs with us, all disclosed information will be kept confidential and we can often support students regardless of any documentation provided. Prospective, full- and part-time students are welcome to meet with an accessibility advisor to discuss eligibility for accommodation. Please contact us to make an appointment with an Accessibility Advisor.

Under the Ontario Human Rights Code, students are not required to disclose their disability diagnosis to access accommodations and supports. Any disclosure of a diagnosis is completely voluntary.

When students do provide documentation, it will often be documentation that supports their request for accommodations and can be used to assist in determining accommodations during an intake meeting. The following are examples of types of documentation that students may provide from a regulated health-care professional:

  • doctor’s note
  • psycho-education assessment
  • audiology assessment
  • WSIB reports
  • hospital or clinical report

Students may also provide documentation that is not diagnostic in nature and is also considered helpful in supporting the accommodation determination process. The following are examples:

  • Individual Education Plan (IEP) or Identification, Placement and Review Committee (IPRC) documents
  • letters of accommodation from other institutions
  • physiotherapy note or report
  • letter from a social worker or psychotherapist

Who will know I have a disability?

When you register with our office we maintain any information in our secure case management database which is password protected. Only staff that need to work with this information are given access to it. We will provide your faculty with copies of your letters of accommodations so they are able to provide the accommodations you require. Your academic record will not identify in any way that you received academic accommodations.

Retroactive accommodations

Retroactive accommodations are considered on a case-by-case basis. If you believe you should receive a retroactive accommodation, please contact Student Success and request an appointment with an accessibility advisor to discuss your request.

Adaptive technology

Adaptive technologists assist students with reducing learning barriers by providing assessment and training with assistive technology that supports learning. The adaptive technologist may suggest devices or services that help students grow, sustain or expand their abilities.

During the initial technology assessment, the adaptive technologist and student will discuss needs, consider previous exposure and use of adaptive technology, while referring to appropriate documentation to help support and recommend high and low technology options. Supportive and continuous training on recommended equipment helps promote student use and confidence.

Your adaptive technologist may suggest options including:

  • text-to-voice software
  • voice-to-text software
  • digital reading pens
  • alternative format texts
  • related bursaries and funding
  • a referral for learning strategies
  • the use of adaptive technology in a testing environment

You may be referred to an adaptive technologist through your accessibility advisor, or perhaps Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB). Your accessibility advisor and adaptive technologist work closely together to provide support, assessment and training.

We look forward to meeting you and helping you achieve your goals at Georgian College.

Please contact us to make an appointment with an adaptive technologist at the campus you are attending.

Transition courses for students with documented disability

Accessibility Services and Wellness Initiatives are offering a transition workshop series to help you get more out of your studies at Georgian. Check out the free workshops and sign up for all that will benefit you!

To register for any of these sessions, please contact Student Success at 705.722.1523 or email studentsuccess@georgiancollege.ca.

Why grit and accepting how you learn are important to becoming a successful student

Wednesday, Aug. 12 at 2 p.m.

Hosted by Howard Ditkofsky, Accessibility Advisor

This workshop will assist you to figure out the best methods to use for studying, reading, and note-taking. Howard will share personal, as well as other students’ experiences, that have helped them achieve success in postsecondary education.

Time and healthy stress management – sometimes these two things are related!

Wednesday, Aug. 19 at 2 p.m.

Hosted by Maria Edwards, Fitness Co-ordinator and Sara-Jane Neid, Accessibility Advisor Lead

Eat, sleep, study, repeat. Learn to manage your time and integrate some healthy habits into your day to help with stress relief. Learn the benefits of planning your time for academics and how to include physical activity into your planned weekly routine. A healthy mind and body can minimize feelings of stress and improve academic performance.

Do you ever experience test anxiety? Learn how to reduce it

Wednesday, Aug. 26 at 2 p.m.

Hosted by Greg Taylor, Counselling Co-ordinator and Case Manager, and Shaelagh Vanderveen, Accessibility Advisor

This workshop focuses on the many effects that anxiety has on us, including how it may impact us while completing tests. You might be surprised to learn that anxiety can sometimes be helpful. Join us to learn some strategies to manage anxiety.

Making the most of Georgian’s Student Services – A collaborative look at services and how to access them

Wednesday, Sept. 2 at 2 p.m.

Hosted by Kailey Lapointe and Chelsey Leal-Hampson, Accessibility Advisors

Coming to college can be overwhelming! Luckily, you have a lot of people at Georgian that are eager to help you succeed. Join us to hear more about the services that are available to you as us to hear more about the services that are available to you as you transition to college, and throughout your college career.

Meet the Adaptive Technology team

Wednesday, Sept. 9 at 2 p.m.

Hosted by Georgian’s Adaptive Technology team

Are you using adaptive technology to help you with your studies? Maybe you’re considering using adaptive technology? Come meet Georgian’s adaptive technologists. They will give you an overview of various software and devices that can enhance your academic skills and increase your learning efficiency. They will also provide demos and tips for using adaptive technology effectively.

Contact Accessibility Services

To book an appointment with an accessibility advisor, email studentsuccess@georgiancollege.ca or connect with us by campus.

Please note: All accessibility advisors and adaptive technologists are currently meeting with students remotely, either by phone or video.

Barrie Campus

705.722.1523

Midland Campus

705.526.3666, ext. 3113

Muskoka Campus

705.646.7629, ext. 3113

Orangeville Campus

519.940.0331, ext. 1340

Orillia Campus

705.329.3113

Owen Sound Campus

519.376.0840, ext. 2099

South Georgian Bay Campus

705.445.2961, ext. 2099