New students

Whether you are transitioning from high school or another institution, starting a new degree, or are a current Brock student accessing services for the first time, Student Accessibility Services is here to help! Contact our Transitions Coordinator for more information about our services, how to register, or with any questions you may have.

Transitioning to Brock

Complete your application through the Ontario Universities’ Application Centre (OUAC).

Send any current documentation of your disability outlining functional impacts, and a copy of your recent IEP.

FAX:

905 688 7260

MAILING ADDRESS:

Attn: SAS Transitions Coordinator
Student Accessibility Services
Brock University
1812 Sir Isaac Brock Way
St. Catharines, ON, L2S 3A1

Once you receive your letter of acceptance to Brock University, contact our Transitions Coordinator.

Current Brock student

Please register as soon as possible to access services and accommodations.

New student registration

Wait to be contacted by the Transition Coordinator to discuss the next steps.

Documentation guidelines

Under the Ontario Human Rights Code (OHRC), individuals with disabilities are guaranteed certain rights to equal access to programs and services. Documentation is requested to confirm that a person is covered under the definition of disability within the OHRC. Confirmation of a condition or disorder does not automatically qualify a student for any and all accommodations.

Documentation must:

  • Support the request for accommodations or academic adjustments and/or aids and devices;
  • Verify the functional impact of the disability on the student’s academic performance;
  • Be issued by a qualified practitioner who is certified in the areas of the disability.

Summer transition programs

First-year students with disabilities are encouraged to participate in summer programming to assist with the transition into the post-secondary environment.

July and August

Smart Start is Brock’s academic orientation program for all incoming first-year students. Smart Start students can meet with Student Accessibility Services by indicating their diagnosed disability on the registration form.

SAS offers the opportunity to meet virtually with staff during the summer to discuss services and review accessibility and technology needs.

Start with Strategies is a workshop-based program designed to address the specific and unique needs of incoming first-year students with a diagnosed Learning Disability and/or other documented disabilities who are transitioning to the post-secondary environment.

Start with Strategies Online

Our Start with Strategies- Online experience uses Brock University’s Learning Management System (LMS) Sakai as our platform. Through this online program, students will gain firsthand experience with Sakai, have access to personalized workshops and online activities tailored to the unique needs of students with disabilities, and have the opportunity to hear from upper-year SAS students about their experiences transitioning to university.

For parents

As parents, you have an opportunity to help your student experience a smooth transition to Brock by working with your student to develop self-advocacy skills and submit appropriate documentation.

While SAS provides students with the appropriate accommodations, it is the responsibility of each student to inform us of their needs, any problems encountered with the accommodations and services, and to follow through with the procedures as outlined.

Important: Students must be able to advocate for their own needs, take responsibility for their learning, and understand the requirements they must meet in order to be successful in their academic endeavours.

Frequently asked questions

Accommodations are based on individual documented needs.

Submit your documentation (see “documentation guidelines“) to our Transition Coordinator to begin the reviewing process.

An IEP on its own is not considered formal documentation (see “documentation guidelines“) at the post-secondary level.

If you are requesting that your application to Brock be considered under Brock’s Accessibility Admissions Policy, then you would need to contact the Admissions Office.

If you want to discuss academic accommodations should you decide to attend Brock, then you need to contact Student Accessibility Services.