We recognize that some students have special needs that require physical adaptations to the facilities, or special supports and/or accommodations in their academic program, to allow them fair and equal access to education. We work with students to ensure that students’ individual needs are met in a proactive, respectful and confidential manner.
Students, instructors and support staff share the responsibility for identifying and making reasonable accommodations.
What is a disability?
We provide services to students who have been formally identified as having any of the following:
- Physical and/or mobility impairment
- Vision impairment
- Hearing impairment
- Documented learning disabilities and/or ADD/ADHD
- Psychiatric/emotional disabilities
- Acquired brain injuries
- Chronic health problems
- Temporary disabling conditions (i.e. broken leg)
- We will provide a reasonable accommodation by ensuring physical access, by adapting the conditions or requirements for courses or programs, by providing alternative ways for individuals to meet the conditions or requirements or by providing additional services, supports or technology.
- Reasonable accommodations are defined as accommodations that do not significantly alter the fundamental nature of a program, impose substantial economic hardship to the college, have a significant adverse impact on learning opportunities for other students or impose safety hazards to students or other persons.
- You will need to provide sufficient documentation of diagnosis so that appropriate accommodations can be implemented. In most cases, this will include documentation from a qualified professional, indicating the nature of the disability and recommended accommodations.
- You must receive approval for accommodations in advance. It is the student’s responsibility to contact Student Services as early as possible so that accommodations can be arranged.
- You will be expected to apply for any funding which is available to help defray the cost of accommodations.
Some accommodations and services we may be able to provide include:
- Exam accommodations
- Extended time, alternate format evaluations, distraction-free environments, proctors and readers and use of a computer with spell-check.
- Extended time for assignments
- Alternate format materials
- Large print, e-text or audio texts
- Preferential seating location
- Access to instructors’ materials, when available
- Graphic or sign language interpreters or note takers
- Tape recorders
- Large screen computer with screen magnification
- Other assistive technology may be available
Accommodations and services are intended to remove barriers to learning and enable you to demonstrate your mastery of the course content while maintaining the academic standards and objectives of the course and the college. Accommodations are based on your individual needs and the requirements of individual courses. Advisors will work with you to determine what accommodations are necessary for your program and for individual courses.
To ensure that accommodations are arranged in a timely manner, we recommend that you follow these steps:
- Meet with a student advisor
Call 800.862.6307 or 204.725.8700 ext 6639 to make an appointment.
The student advisor will:
- Review your documentation and clarify your needs for accommodations and services
- Advise you about services, resources and technology available
- Collaborate with instructors and other agencies and facilitate the provision of accommodations and services
- Refer you to appropriate resources on and off campus
- Assist you with applications for funding for services and assistive technology
- Provide documentation
- In most cases, current documentation of your disability will be required. The documentation is necessary for access to grants for assistive technology and services. It also substantiates the nature of your disability. Just as important, the documentation makes recommendations for accommodations and services. These recommendations assist student advisors and instructors in identifying appropriate accommodations for you. Recommendations are considered within the context of the student’s program/course and within the resources of the college. We cannot guarantee that all recommendations will be approved.
- Click here to find information on grants and other funding.
- Where alternate format materials are required, the student advisor will assist you in obtaining these materials. We will also hire interpreters, note takers and tutors as required in consultation with you.
- The student advisor will describe for you the recommended accommodations in a “Request for Accommodations” memo, which you will deliver to your instructor(s). It will be your responsibility to contact the instructor(s) and discuss the accommodations. If the instructor(s) and/or academic dean do not agree to the recommended accommodations, they are invited to discuss their concerns with the student advisor and suggest alternate accommodations.
- We will attempt to provide exam accommodations, but space and resources are limited. Where exam accommodations have been approved, it will be your responsibility to notify the Student Services Centre at least one week before the exam time, and ensure that exam materials are delivered to the Student Services Centre.
There are three types of funding available:
- If you are working with another agency (Society for Manitobans with Disability, CNIB, etc.), some funding may be available from their programs. Student advisors will work collaboratively with you and the agency to identify and apply for any assistance.
- Canada Student Grant for Students with Disabilities. If you are taking at least 40% of a full course load, you may qualify for a grant of up to $8,000 for accommodations, services and assistive technology. A Student Advisor can advise you on the eligibility requirements for this grant, and assist you to apply for it.
- Scholarships and Bursaries. Some scholarships and bursaries exist for students with disabilities in general or with specific disabilities. Information is available from the Scholarships, Awards and Bursaries page or Financial Aid and Awards Officer.
When should you contact us?
The earlier the better!
Having a disability will not affect admission to a program; however, some institutions recommend that you apply for accommodations after you are accepted into a program to avoid any fear that you might be discriminated against.
You should contact a student advisor prior to applying to a program if:
- You are requesting exemptions to regular admissions requirements or require accommodations in meeting the requirements
- You would like to discuss the implications of your disability in terms of your career goals and the program demands before you make your decision to apply
These factors may also influence your decision about when to contact us:
- Funding - Some agencies have a one or two-year waiting list for educational funds and Canada Study Grant applications currently take up to four months to process
- Alternate materials - Requests should be submitted as soon as textbooks are confirmed for your courses. When textbooks are not available from "Recordings for the Blind and Dyslexic," production of audiotapes could take four weeks or longer
- Interpreters - Interpretive services are limited in the Brandon area. We need sufficient time to recruit and/or train note takers and interpreters.
- Time - Time may be required to obtain and install assistive technology or to make adjustments to physical space.
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