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NSCC is committed to providing effective accommodations to meet the needs of students with disabilities.

What accommodations are

  • Accommodations are alternative ways students with disabilities can access course content or information, participate in learning and/or demonstrate knowledge or skills.
  • Accommodations remove barriers caused by functional limitations and provide equal access to the academic environment.
  • Accommodations level the playing field for students by removing or reducing barriers to learning.

What accommodations are not

  • Accommodations are not designed to modify program outcomes.
  • Accommodations do not provide students with disabilities an advantage over students without disabilities.
  • Accommodations do not guarantee academic success; students with accommodations may still experience similar challenges as their peers do in their programs.

How to access accommodations

To access accommodations, you must register with Accessibility Services and participate in accommodation planning. Accessibility Services will collaborate with you and your faculty to facilitate and support accommodation planning, implementation and monitoring.

Examples of accommodations

A variety of reasonable accommodations may be approved with supporting documentation. Some common accommodations include:

Alternative formats of textbooks (AFT) and course materials
Electronic versions of textbooks, materials and assessments to use with read aloud software and/or to manipulate text (make it bigger, extract study notes, etc.).

For textbooks, students are required to purchase the hard copy first, then use the receipt to request the PDF copy from publishers with the help of Accessibility Services and Library staff.

If available, it is recommended to purchase the E-book version to avoid delays in acquiring an alternative PDF from the publisher. E-books also come with additional accessibility features, such as read aloud. Check with the NSCC Bookstore on availability of E-books.
Attendant to assist with personal care
A personal attendant is for daily care while on campus. The attendant is trained in personal and medical needs only and does not complete coursework for this student. The attendant is organized by the student and Accessibility Services staff. The attendant may not necessarily be, and is often not, in the classroom. The student may need to leave class early or may need adjustments in class scheduling based on the attendant’s schedule.
Access to a calculator for math.
Chunked time or reduced length
Chunked time for tests/assessments or reduced length of assignments, tests and projects.
Closed captioning
Captioning of all visual media to display text with videos. YouTube and Microsoft Team videos come with a built-in option.
Computer with spell check
Access to basic spell check functionality (eg. in Microsoft Word) to complete tests and assignments.
Electronic scribe
Electronic transcribing device to record test answers or dictate written work. The recorder will transcribe the student’s voice into text. The student will copy and paste the text into an electronic version of the test or assignment.
Extra time 1.5x
Extra time 1.5x for tests or graded in-class assignments with specific time allotments. Extra time 1.5x is regular duration plus half duration. For example, a two-hour test results in 3 hours (2 x 1.5).
Extra time 2.0x
Extra time x2.0 for tests or graded in-class assignments with specific time allotments. Extra time 2.0x is regular duration times two (double time). For example, a two-hour test results in four hours (2 x 2).
Flexibility with classroom attendance
A student may be late or missing from class on occasion with reasons associated with disability. The student remains accountable to a communication plan regarding their absences.
Flexibility with breaks
Flexibility to take breaks during class time requires collaboration with the instructor to minimize distractions for other students.
Flexibility with deadlines
Flexibility with deadlines is meant to be used for infrequent extensions on deadlines without academic penalty for the student. It is applicable to individual assignments/projects and typically does not extend to group work. Alternate deadlines must be negotiated in advance between the student and the instructor.
Human scribe
The student will verbalize written work such as test/exam answers or assignments to a human scribe who will write exactly as dictated by the student.
Large print font for course materials
All printed text in a particular sized font and style.
Memory aids
A memory aid may be used during tests/exams to assist a student in triggering the recall of information. It is not meant to provide a student with answers. Students must create their own memory aid however faculty must approve the format and final content before it is used during a test or assessment. This accommodation requires collaboration with the instructor to ensure learning outcomes are not compromised.
In-class recording
Refers to the use of a recording device in the classroom. All participants in the class must be informed that the class is being recorded for the purposes of learning.
Note takers
A note taker will take class notes so the student can focus on listening to the lecture.
Pre-planned assistance in emergency evacuations situations
A designated person and a previously rehearsed a plan to assist with evacuations.
Quiet space
Quiet space in the testing centre to reduce distractions and/or a separate and enclosed space to support the use of assistive technology. The student will use this accommodation in the testing centre.
Reader software (Text to Speech) to read text aloud for this student. If possible, the student will record answers themselves in the original format provided by the instructor. Students may require access to laptops or other mobile devices in class in order to use this software.
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