Transitioning to Post-Secondary

PLEASE NOTE: Incoming students to post-secondary will not automatically receive the same accommodations at college or university that they received at high school. 
Click here to see a list of differences between high school and post-secondary.

 Transitioning Information                                                                                                                                          
Transition Resource Guide for Students with DisabilitiesDeciding between college and university is a tough decision, and it’s important to consider one’s strengths and interests when making the decision. It is also important to keep in mind that there are many colleges with transfer programs in which students move to university from college in second or third year, and similarly some students who begin at university later choose to complete a college program.
Make the CUT - Information session for students with an LD and/or autism about transitioning to post-secondary.
Youth2Youth - This website will provide you with information and answers on how to get there and what supports you'll need during your journey, so you can be successful. The results can be extraordinary.

NEADS - The National Educational Association of Disabled Students is a consumer organization, with a mandate to encourage the self-empowerment of post-secondary students with disabilities. NEADS advocates for increased accessibility at all levels so that disabled students may gain equal access to college or university education, which is their right.

 Accommodations and Support Services offered in the Post-Secondary                                                                    

  • Assistance with registration.
  • Orientation to the campus by campus guides.
  • Advocacy and advising regarding disability issues.
  • Access to academic coaching.
  • Access to specialized workshops related to academics and disabilities.
  • Access to online learning sessions.
  • Contacts with professors and staff regarding needs in class.
  • Note-takers and readers can be arranged.
  • Text and journal articles can be produced in e-text.
  • Maps are available which indicate accessible routes, entrances and parking.
  • Referrals for disability assessments, counselling or other disability-related services.
  • Bursary fund for purchase of disability-related, education-related services and equipment for eligible students.
  • Lending of adaptive equipment.
  • Library assistance, such as research assistance, retrieval of books and peer support in library training.
  • Upper-year student mentors for first-year students.
  • Relocation of classes if scheduled in an inaccessible room.
  • Special arrangements made to accommodate disabilities for exams and assignments.
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