How we support you
Our team is here to support you. Whether you’re considering studying with us or you’ve recently been accepted, we’re here to help throughout your academic journey.
We offer a wide range of free, confidential supports and services, including:
- academic accommodations
- assistive technologies
- assistance exploring grants and funding opportunities
- referrals to campus and community services
You'll also find a full range of learning supports and services here to help you succeed in your studies.
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. We offer information on what to expect at both the prospect stage and once you’ve been accepted.
If you’re considering studying with us and you’re going to need supports:
- Begin gathering your supporting documentation so it’s less overwhelming once you become a student.
- Contact us once you’re accepted so we can begin planning your supports.
- Contact us if you have any questions or concerns about how we can assist.
Accepted students and registering
Accepted students should register with Accessibility Services as soon as possible. Here’s how to register with Accessibility Services:
- Fill out the Student Intake Form (PDF 194KB) with as much information as you can.
- Gather your required supporting documentation.
- Send your Student Intake Form and documentation electronically to or bring them to your campus's Student Services department.
If you have difficulties or questions about disclosing a disability, accessing supports or the registration process, please contact Student Services at your campus.
Meeting with Accessibility Services staff once registered
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, explore funding opportunities, learn about our services and supports, tell us about yourself and ask questions.
During the meeting, Accessibility Services staff will review the recommendations in your documentation and work with you to develop your Academic Accommodation Plan.
Be prepared to tell us about yourself
When you meet with Accessibility Services, please come prepared to speak 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 or were not effective
- Information about coursework or assignments that you’re concerned about
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 the campus to the other in time for class?
- When should I go to my instructor for help and how can a tutor support me?
- How do I talk to my instructors about my academic accommodations?
- How do I take notes if my instructor talks faster than I can type or write?
- How do I adjust to a new diagnosis or a new treatment plan?
Explore funding opportunities
If you're a student with a disability, funding opportunities are available to help to cover costs associated with accommodations, such as services and equipment.
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 these support programs.
If you have a case manager with ENS, ask them 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.
If you have a case manager with DCS, ask them about their disability support programs for education purposes.
Many sponsoring agencies in Nova Scotia have disability support programs for post-secondary students. If you have a case manager, it's a good idea to ask them about eligibility requirements.