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 (AA) 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 AA 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 AA 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 come in and meet with us. We’re here to help.
Please contact us to make an appointment with an accessibility advisor at the campus you are attending.
Meet with an accessibility advisor
Please come and 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 at the campus you are attending.
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 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.
Transition courses for students with documented disability
Transition courses are designed to:
- assist with transition into postsecondary education
- develop academic and learning strategy skills
- experience campus life
- earn a college credit and reduce fall semester requirements
- access all support services available including:
- computer labs
- accessibility advisors
- career consultants
- Testing Services
The next Lifestyle Management course begins on July 8, 2019 and runs throughout the summer.
Contact Accessibility Services
To book an appointment with an accessibility advisor, email firstname.lastname@example.org or connect with us by campus.
705.526.3666, ext. 3703
705.646.7629, ext. 3113
519.940.0331, ext. 1340
Owen Sound Campus
519.376.0840, ext. 2099
South Georgian Bay Campus
705.445.2961, ext. 2099