Student Services

Accessibility Services

The Accessibility Services team works collaboratively with the college community and in partnership with our community partners to create an accessible educational environment that promotes the success of students with special needs.

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Accommodation Plan

If you have a documented special need, whether it is permanent, temporary, or in the process of being confirmed, Accessibility Services can support you in developing and implementing an accommodation plan that meets your needs, including:

  • Learning disability
  • Attention Deficit Disorder
  • Psychological condition / mental health
  • Medical condition
  • Physical limitation
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Language disorder
  • Hearing or visual impairment

If you are experiencing academic difficulties and would like to explore the possibility of having a learning disability or other limitation, we encourage you to come and meet with a member of our team to discuss.

Good to Know

How to Identify Yourself
  1. Request an appointment

Contact the Accessibility Service intervenor at your campus to request an appointment. The contact information is displayed at the bottom of this web page.

  1. Bring your documentation (if available) to your first meeting

You are responsible for providing official documentation confirming the functional limitations related to your specific needs. You can receive services for specific needs that are permanent or temporary.

Under the Ontario Human Rights Code, the student is not obliged to disclose their diagnosis to obtain accommodations. However, the documentation provided must confirm the functional limitations related to their specific needs that may have an impact on their academic performance. The documentation must come from an authorized professional with expertise in the appropriate specialty (e.g. psychiatrist, physician, nurse practitioner, psychologist, audiologist, optometrist, etc.).

Need a form? If you need a medical form to confirm a medical or mental health condition, click on the following links:

Temporary accommodations may be put in place for students who are waiting for their medical documentation. If the student does not have official documentation, the intervenor will help them take the necessary steps to determine their needs and obtain documentation.

  1. Refer to the following documents for more details about the next steps.
Available Accommodations
  • Screening and evaluation of needs
  • Reference for a diagnostic evaluation
  • Accommodations for adapted tests
  • Tests and exams in your program
  • Professional Order exams
  • Manuals and documentation in alternate formats
  • FM amplification system
  • Enlargement technology
  • Interpretation service
  • Possibility of reduced course load
  • Manual or computerized note-taking
  • Specialized tutoring
  • Individualized support and learning strategies (time management, study methods, etc.)
  • Adaptation software and technology (Kurzweil, Word Q, Inspiration, Antidote, as well as an inventory of applications)
  • Learning strategies (time management, study methods, etc.)
  • Any other accommodation, based on identified needs.
Learning Strategies and Adaptive Technologies

Come and meet our technologist! You can learn how to use adaptive technologies and find the learning strategies that work best for you.

Learning strategies (LS) give you different approaches to study and understand course material.

  • Preparing for exams
  • Managing your time
  • Taking notes in class
  • Maintaining focus in the classroom

Adaptive technologies (AT) are equipment or software to help you:

  • Understand course material
  • Study
  • Read and write
  • Organize your time
  • Block distractions to better focus on your studies
  • Accomplish tasks while minimizing the effects of your particular need

Some technologies used at Collège Boréal include:

  • Speech-to-text: Siri, Médialexie, Windows speech recognition, Dragon Dictation, etc.
  • Text-to-speech: Kurzweil, Word Q, Google Read & Write, Free Natural Reader, etc.
  • Word prediction: Word Q, Médialexie, etc.
  • Mind mapping: Inspiration, Edraw Mind Map, Mind Meister, etc.
  • Correctors: Antidote, Médialexie, etc.
  • Organization and study: Anki, ColdTurkey, EverNote, Flashcard Elite, etc.
Support for Apprentices

Are you an apprentice with documented or suspected special needs? Are you enrolled in online or block release teaching? If so, you can receive support from the Accessibility Service.

Available accommodations include:

  • Screening and assessment of needs
  • Accommodations for adapted tests
  • Extra time
  • Private room
  • Rephrasing questions
  • Textbooks in alternative formats
  • Individualized support and learning strategies (time management, study methods, etc.)
  • Any other accommodation, as identified needs require.
Transition to College

Transitioning to college represents a significant life change. With proper planning and the right tools, this transition can be less intimidating. In college, you must be autonomous and able to express and discuss your needs. We are here for you!

You have access to:

  • The free transition program
  • Information about services and how to access them
  • A team ready to answer your questions

Your parents have access to:

  • Information sessions
  • Information about available services and how students can access them

For important advice before your first meeting with a specialist in special needs, click here.

Our Transition Program

This one-week program is offered free of charge* to students with a learning disorder or attention deficit disorder.

Take the first step! It’s free!

*Program activities are free, and a grant is available for accommodation, transportation, and meal expenses.

For more information and to register, click on the following form.

Privacy Statement

The Accessibility Services team at Collège Boréal respects the privacy of students by ensuring that all information related to them remains confidential. Personal information cannot be shared unless the student has given permission*. Personal information is kept in a locked file, in a locked room that is accessible only to authorized personnel. The files are kept for a period of 10 years and then destroyed. The student’s personal information file is not linked to their academic file and only the Accessibility Services team has access to the file.

*Certain conditions apply. For more information about privacy rights, refer to the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act.

Financial Support

The Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) offers financial support to students with documented specific needs who are eligible for OSAP. This support is designed to help pay for the costs of certain adaptive technologies and services that can assist them in pursuing their postsecondary education.

For High Schools

In order to help your students with special needs plan their transitions to Collège Boréal, you can ask the student to provide us with the following documentation or send it to us directly by email. A recent copy is recommended.

  • Service request form
  • Medical documentation
  • Psychoeducational assessment (or other types of assessments related to the nature of the special needs)
  • Individualized Education Plan (IEP)

Refer to the “How to Identify” section for the next steps to follow. We also invite you to consult the “Transition to College” section.

If several of your students enroll in Collège Boréal, it is possible to request a group presentation. To do so, please contact us.

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