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Enhancing Accessibility in Post-Secondary Education Institutions

Enhancing Accessibility in Post-Secondary Education Institutions

Admissions

Accommodations for students with disabilities should start in the admissions process. The following best practices have helped PSE institutions provide accessible services to prospective students with disabilities.

  • Encourage students with disabilities to self-identify so that their disability can be taken into consideration during the admission process as self-identification can initiate early access to accommodation services. Self-identification entails indicating that there is a disability that requires supports. Further details and any required documentation, can be provided to the disability services centre for acquriing appropriate accommodations.
  • Ensure that detailed, accessible information is available through the admissions office or the registrar regarding services available for students with disabilities, as these are often the first points of contact.
  • Work with secondary schools to provide students with information on the services available for students with disabilities during the admission process.
  • If a program requires a submission of previous work (such as a portfolio), an admission interview or a test, accommodations may be necessary during these processes. For example, individuals may wish to submit a portfolio in an alternate format or may require interpreter services for an admission interview or a scribe for testing. Provide clear instructions on how to request these accommodations.

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