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Accessibility Services

If you're a student experiencing disability-related barriers in the learning environment, please connect with Accessibility Services to explore supports that may assist you.

We're committed to making your learning environment accessible by offering a range of supports, including:

  • academic accommodations;
  • assistive technologies;
  • access to grants and funding; and
  • referrals to campus and community services.

Our services are free and confidential. You're welcome to contact us at any point during your time at NSCC.

Accessing support

Our Learning Strategists can help you identify any strengths or barriers to learning you may experience and find ways to support you. Many supports take time to plan and arrange, so reaching out to us early is important.

Follow the steps below to connect with a Learning Strategist at your campus. If you have difficulties or questions about self-identifying, connecting with supports, or any part of this process, please contact Student Services at your campus. We'll help connect you with the right supports for your needs.

Option 1: Fill out the Student Intake Form (PDF 248KB) with as much information as you can. Send it along with any supporting documentation you have to  (for electronic or scanned information) or to your campus Student Services department. If dropping off information, please contact the campus to arrange a drop-off time.

If you are unable to complete this step for any reason, or have questions, please contact Student Services at your campus.

Option 2: Wait to hear from us. If you've already self-identified as a student with a disability on your NSCC application, or completed Option 1, we'll connect to schedule a time for you to meet with a Learning Strategist.

For general inquiries and information, please call 902-491-7333 or email  

Meeting your Learning Strategist

After you’ve submitted your Student Intake Form and other supporting information to Student Services at your campus, we’ll schedule a time for you to meet with a Learning Strategist. At this meeting, you'll have the opportunity to tell us about yourself, ask questions, learn about our services and supports and explore funding opportunities.

Tell us about yourself

When you meet with your Learning Strategist, please bring your knowledge about:

  • Your past educational experiences
  • Current program expectations or requirements
  • Past accommodations and strategies that were effective and/or not effective
  • Information about coursework or assignments that you’re concerned about
  • Specific requests for supports and/or accommodations
  • Additional documentation not previously provided

Ask us questions

When you meet with your Learning Strategist, feel free to ask questions, such as:

  • How do I focus in a classroom, or large shop?
  • How do I get from one side of campus to the other in time for class?
  • How can a tutor support me and when should I go to my instructor for help?
  • How do I talk to my instructors about my academic accommodations?
  • How do I take notes when the instructor talks faster than I can type or write?
  • How do I adjust to a new diagnosis or a new treatment plan?

Learn about our services and supports

During the meeting, your Learning Strategist will review the functional limitations you’re experiencing. Our Accessibility Services team tailors academic accommodations to your specific needs. View more information about our Accessibility Services 

Here are some (but not all) of the accommodations we can offer:
  • Course load reduction
  • Alternate format of textbooks and course materials
  • Assistive technology
  • Attendant to assist with personal care
  • Closed captioning
  • Extra time for assignments, tests or exams
  • Flexibility with scheduling
  • In-class recording or notetaking
  • Interpreting service
  • Pre-planned assistance in emergency evacuation situations

Explore funding opportunities

As a student with a disability, you may have access to grant funding for supports and services through external agencies such as Nova Scotia Student Loan and Employment Nova Scotia. You can apply for a student loan, and identify as a student with a disability, as early as May for the upcoming academic year.

Recordings of past sessions

Couldn't attend one of our online information sessions? We've recorded them for your convenience.