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If you're a student with a disability and need to access academic accommodations to remove barriers to learning, we can help.
We offer a wide range of free, confidential supports and services, including:
- academic accommodations
- assistive technologies
- access to grants and funding
- referrals to campus and community services
Connecting with Accessibility Services
Our Accessibility Services team will help you identify your barriers and support your requests to remove or reduce them. Many supports take time to plan and arrange, so reaching out to us early is important.
How to register with Accessibility Services:
- Fill out the Student Intake Form (PDF 244KB) with as much information as you can.
- Gather your required supporting documentation.
- Send it with your documentation to (for electronic or scanned information) or to your campus Student Services department.
- While COVID-19 restrictions are in place, please contact your campus to arrange a drop-off time.
If you have difficulties or questions about disclosing a disability, accessing supports or any part of this process, please contact Student Services at your campus to be connected to the right supports for your needs.
Meeting with Accessibility Services staff
After you've submitted your Student Intake Form and documentation to Accessibility Services, we'll schedule a time for you to meet with an Accessibility Services team member. At this meeting, you'll have the opportunity to request accommodations, tell us about yourself, ask questions, learn about our services and supports and explore funding opportunities.
Be prepared to tell us about yourself
When you meet with Accessibility Services, please bring your knowledge about:
- Your disability-related documentation
- Specific requests for supports and/or accommodations
- 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
- Additional documentation not previously provided
Feel free to ask us questions
When you meet with Accessibility Services, 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?
During the meeting, Accessibility Services staff will review the recommendations in your documentation and work with you to develop your Accommodation Plan.
Explore funding opportunities
If you are a student with a disability, funding opportunities are available to help to cover costs associated with accommodations, such as services and equipment.
Postsecondary Accessibility Services (PSAS) with Nova Scotia Student Assistance
As a Nova Scotia post-secondary student with a disability, you may have access to grants, supports and services through Nova Scotia Student Loan. The Accessibility Services team can help you access this support program.
Employment Nova Scotia (ENS)
If you already have a Return to Work Action Plan with Employment Nova Scotia, ask your Nova Scotia Works case manager about the Nova Scotia Application for Disability Supports for Students with Permanent Disabilities. Your case manager can help with your eligibility for this support program.
Department of Community Services (DCS)
If you have a case manager with DCS, ask them about their disability support programs for education purposes.
Other funding resources
Many Nova Scotia sponsoring agencies have disability support programs for post-secondary students. If you have a case manager, it is a good idea to ask them about eligibility requirements.