Student Services

Access Centre

Access Centre Mandate

Our mandate is to collaborate with teachers, staff, and outside agencies in order to offer accommodations to students who have limitations and/or incapacities resulting from a specific diagnosis and/or medical condition.

Our goal is to empower students who require accommodations to become autonomous and self-regulated learners for their future endeavors by striving to give them an equal opportunity to learn and succeed.

Who We Support

Students who present appropriate documentation* addressing disabilities such as:

  • Mental Health Disorders
  • Hearing and Visual Impairments
  • Physical Disabilities
  • Specific Learning Disabilities
  • Neurological Disorders
  • Any other medical conditions resulting in limitations and/or incapacities, including temporary conditions such as concussions.

* Type of appropriate documentation includes: full medical, psychiatric, and or psycho-educational assessment.

Intake Process

John Abbott College is committed to ensuring that all students have equal access to its programs and services. If you are requesting accommodations, you can print this form Student Accommodation Request Form, complete it and return it along with supporting documentation:

By mail: Access Centre, John Abbott College, 21 275 lakeshore, Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue (Quebec) H9X 3L9
By Email:

Or you can fill and submit the online form below.
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The documentation provided by the student will be analyzed so as to determine the appropriate accommodations.

Deadline to request accommodations for new students admitted to John Abbott College:

  • Students admitted for August (Fall entry) – due June 1.
  • Students admitted for January (Winter entry) – due January 1.

Deadline to request accommodations for current John Abbott College students:

  • Intake appointments are only offered up until and including the last day of classes as per the Academic Calendar.
    Please note that no Intake appointments will be offered during our final exam period.


Student Accommodation Request Form

Student Accommodation Request Form / Demande d'accommodement (étudiants)

Student Information / Information sur l'étudiant

  • In order to evaluate appropriate and necessary accommodations, please submit supporting documentation detailing your specific diagnosis and/or condition from a qualified professional in the province of Québec (i.e., doctor, psychologist, speech and language pathologist, audiologist). Please note that although helpful in evaluating appropriate and necessary accommodations, Individualized Education Plan (IEPs) from High School are not sufficient. * Upload does not work with the browser Internet Explorer / Afin d’évaluer les mesures d’adaptation appropriées et nécessaires, veuillez soumettre des documents justificatifs décrivant votre diagnostic ou votre problème médical particulier fournis par un(e) professionnel(le) qualifié(e) de la province de Québec (c.-à-d. médecin, psychologue, orthophoniste, audiologiste). Veuillez noter que, bien qu’ils soient utiles pour évaluer les mesures d’adaptation appropriées et nécessaires, les plans d’interventions (PI) au secondaire ne sont pas suffisants. * Le téléversement ne fonctionne pas avec le navigateur Internet Explorer.
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    • Upon reception and review of these documents, the Access Centre will contact you to schedule a mandatory in-person or virtual meeting prior to the start of the semester. Any information provided to the Access Centre will be kept confidential. This information is required in order to determine appropriate and necessary accommodations at a college level. Consent to divulge any information to a third party will be discussed at the mandatory meeting. During the intake meeting, you and your Access Centre contact person will determine which accommodations and resources you could have access to. The intake meeting usually lasts between 45 minutes to an hour. Additional comments/information you would like to provide: / Après réception et examen de ces documents, le Centre de services adaptés communiquera avec vous pour planifier une réunion obligatoire en personne ou virtuelle avant le début de la session. Tous les renseignements fournis au Centre de services adaptés demeureront confidentiels. Ces renseignements sont nécessaires pour déterminer les mesures d’adaptation appropriées et nécessaires à un niveau collégial. Le consentement pour que tout renseignement soit divulgué à un tiers fera l’objet de discussions lors de la réunion obligatoire. Lors de la réunion d’admission, votre personne-ressource du Centre de services adaptés et vous déterminerez les mesures d’adaptation et les ressources auxquelles vous pourriez avoir accès. La réunion d’admission dure habituellement de 45 minutes à une heure. Autres commentaires ou renseignements que vous souhaitez fournir :

    Services Provided

    • Individualized assessment of academic needs
    • Emergency evacuation protocol
    • Study skills strategies
    • Exam Invigilation
    • Extra time for tests, quizzes, and exams
    • Note taking services
    • Time management strategies
    • Specialized software (WordQ and Antidote)
    • Computer for tests, quizzes, and exams
    • Regular check-ins with contact person
    • Transition Support Program for Autistic Students (for in-coming High School graduates)

    * Please see FAQ for more information


    Please feel free to contact us:
    514-457-6610 x5398
    Herzberg H-129, by the Library entrance


    What type of supporting documentation do students requesting accommodations need to provide in order to register with the Access Centre?

    Students requesting accommodations need to provide supporting documentation detailing their specific diagnosis and/or medical condition from a qualified professional in Quebec, including:

    • Doctor
    • Psychologist
    • Speech & Language Pathologist
    • Audiologist
    • Optometrist
    • Guidance Counsellor with accreditation from their Professional Order
    • Nurse with accreditation from their Professional Order
    What does the supporting documentation need to outline?

    Supporting documentation needs to outline the following:

    • Specific diagnosis and/or medical condition
    • Limitations and/or incapacities resulting from the specific diagnosis and/or medical condition
    • Whether the specific diagnosis and/or medical condition is temporary or permanent
    How recent must supporting documentation be in order for a student to receive necessary and appropriate accommodations at John Abbott College?

    Supporting documentation outlining permanent specific diagnoses and the resulting limitations by a qualified professional in Quebec does not need to be recent.

    Supporting documentation outlining temporary specific diagnoses or any specific diagnoses related to mental health by a qualified professional in Quebec needs to be recent enough to outline the current needs of the student in post-secondary education, their resulting limitations specific to academia and the approximate duration of the temporary condition.

    When should students requesting accommodations begin the process?

    Students requesting accommodations should submit the required documentation as soon as they are notified of their acceptance to John Abbott.

    • Students accepted for the Fall semester will be offered an appointment as of June 1
    • Students accepted for the Winter semester will be offered an appointment as of December 1
    Is an IEP (Individualized Education Plan) from High School sufficient to request accommodations?

    Although an IEP is helpful in evaluating appropriate and necessary accommodations, it is not sufficient to request accommodations as it does not outline the required information.

    What is the Intake Process of the Access Centre?

    Regardless of the student’s situation prior to coming to John Abbott, the Intake Process is the same for all students. This includes the mandatory phone, virtual or in person discussion with the student.

    During the meeting, the student’s individualized needs will be assessed and appropriate and necessary accommodations will be evaluated and granted.

    Please note that accommodations at the post-secondary level may differ from the accommodations granted in High School.

    What type of services does the Access Centre provide for Autistic students transitioning from high school to Cegep?

    The Transition Support Program for Autistic Students assists new students as they transition to post-secondary education. This includes a Transition Support Day held before the start of the semester as well as one-on-one meetings with an Access Centre staff member at various times throughout the semester. Presentations on various topics as well as learning about the main differences between High School and College will be included. For more information, please contact us directly at

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