Access Centre

ALL STUDENTS CAN FLY – SOME JUST NEED A LONGER RUNWAY!

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WHO ARE WE?
We are a dedicated team who specialize in assessing the unique needs of our students with documented disabilities. Our function is to collaborate with teachers and staff in advocating and implementing services and accommodations for students to support their academic success.
OUR MANDATE
To collaborate with teachers, staff and outside agencies in order to create individualized educational plans for students who have been diagnosed with neurological, physical or health conditions – either chronic or temporary – that warrant accommodations. Students are encouraged to arrange to meet with the Chairperson before applying to John Abbott – and as soon as possible after their potential acceptance – so that any agreed-upon accommodations can be quickly implemented.

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WHOM DO WE SUPPORT?
Students who present documentation from educational psychologists and medical professionals regarding disabilities such as:

  • ADD/ADHD
  • Anxiety Disorders
  • Asperger’s
  • Autism
  • Bi-polar
  • Cancer
  • Central Auditory Processing
  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Depression
  • Diabetes
  • Dysgraphia
  • Dysphasia
  • Dyslexia
  • Eating Disorders
  • Epilepsy
  • Hearing Difficulties
  • Mobility Difficulties
  • Multiple Sclerosis

For those who have received accommodations at previous educational levels, please note that at John Abbott, it is the student’s responsibility to contact the Access Centre.
WHAT SERVICES DO WE OFFER?

  • Advocacy to teachers/staff
  • Pre-registration
  • Study skills strategies
  • Exam invigilation
  • Note-taking
  • Specialized tutoring
  • Time management skills
  • Differentiated learning materials
  • Specialized equipment and software
  • Interpreters
  • Attendant care
  • Assistance in disability-related funding
  • Reserved parking spaces

EXAM INVIGILATION SERVICES

For those who are determined by their assessment to receive this accommodation, students may potentially have the ability to write certain exams ans tests in a separate location and, when appropriate, to receive extra time.

Exam Invigilation Services, H-129, ext. 5398

Access Centre, H-129, ext. 5457