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.

Our services

Student Accessibility Services uses a case management model to ensure students receive consistent and appropriate service.

Each student is assigned a case manager with specialized skills and training in the appropriate disability field to work one-on-one with students to ensure appropriate access to services, programs, and academic accommodations based on documentation.

The exam centre coordinates and administers approved exam accommodations for students registered with Student Accessibility Services. We partner with faculty and instructors to maintain the integrity of the exam process while ensuring accessibility standards are met.

Classroom accommodations are based on individual documented needs. These accommodations can include providing sign language interpreters, support in accessing lecture information and materials, ensuring accessible classrooms, and providing specialized classroom equipment.

Students with learning disabilities can access two enhanced services:

Learning Strategist

Provides individualized academic strategies that are customized based on the student’s psycho-educational assessment, their program of study, and the student’s individual needs.

Assistive Technologist

Provides technology demonstrations, training, support, and innovative options to help students integrate their technology recommendations into their academic work.

Assistive technologies are available campus-wide for students to access. All computer labs have workstations with accessibility features and specialized software installed, and students who are registered with Student Accessibility Services can access specialized software and a dictation room in the private AT Resource Centre.

Student Accessibility Services works with the Brock library and publishers around the world to provide accessible texts and research materials in digital format, large print, and braille for students with perceptual disabilities.

Students must submit their requests as soon as possible because alternative format texts can take time to obtain or produce. Please note that alternative formats are not guaranteed.

Quiet room

A quiet room is available to support students with disabilities who require rest for disability related or medical reasons. Meet with your case manager to determine eligibility and to gain access to the room.

Transitioning to Brock

Step 1

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

Step 2

Complete the new student registration.

Step 3

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

Step 4

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

In order to access services and accommodations, please register as soon as possible.

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.

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

Smart start

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 that they have a disability and selecting the appropriate disability type on the registration form.

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

Documentation needed prior to Smart Start

You are encouraged to submit appropriate documentation (see “Documentation guidelines“) no later than 2 weeks prior to your scheduled Smart Start date.

Strategies conference

Registration closed.

Strategies is a 2-day, workshop-based transition program designed specifically for students with a learning disability.

Conference includes: overnight stay in residence, self-advocacy discussions, academic and time management strategies, introduction to assistive technology and how to use it, and an introduction to university teaching and learning elements.

Mindful transitions program

Mindful Transitions is a workshop-based program designed specifically for students with a disability to provide an introduction to university life.

2-day option: Registration closed

2-day program includes: overnight stay in residence, self advocacy discussions, academic and time management strategies, an introduction to university teaching and learning elements, personalized campus tours, and coping with stress.

1-day option: Registration closed

1 day program includes: tips for academic success, coping with stress and anxiety in the university environment, personalized campus tours; and an overview of Brock’s online student systems.

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.

FAQ

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.