NEADS and AMI National Student Awards Frequently Asked Questions

What types of disabilities are considered?

For the purpose of these awards, a permanent disability is a permanent functional limitation which affects the ability of the student to participate fully in post-secondary education.

The types of disabilities considered nclude but are not limited to: Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism Spectrum Disorder, Chronic Medical Disabilities, Head Trauma / Acquired Brain Injury, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD),Hearing Impairments, Learning Disabilities, Mobility Disabilities, Psychiatric / Mental Health Disabilities, Visual Impairments, and Episodic Disabilities (e.g. multiple sclerosis, arthritis).

How do I submit proof of disability?
We do not require proof of disability at the time of application in order to simplify the application process and to reduce the document burden on students as not all applicants are selected for funding. 

However, should you be selected as a Recipient, before we provide you with the funding we will ask for proof of disability. The following forms of documentation/proof that indicate you have a permanent disability are accepted:

  • Letter from student accommodations/accessibility centre;
  • Documentation from a medical professional 
  • Proof of disability benefits or federal or provincial financial assistance for students with disabilities (e.g. Canada Grant for Students with Permanent Disabilities).   

Where possible, the type of disability should not be mentioned in the documentation to respect your privacy and confidentiality. Any other type of documentation will not be accepted.

How will those selected to receive an award be contacted?

All recipients will be contacted by email. Due to the volume of applications received, only those selected as award recipients will be contacted.

How should my references submit their forms?

Referees will be sent a reference form to fill out to their email address. Applicants must indicate the exact name and email address of their referees in their application. Applicants should advise their references to check their spam folder for the link to the reference form.

How can I confirm that my documents have been received?

Once you finish your application a receipt of completion will be sent to your email.

Can I submit my application and/or documents in French?

Applicants are invited to submit their application in the official language of their choice (English or French). Documents are reviewed by bilingual staff for completeness.

What format files do my files have to be in to submit them online?

Electronic files are accepted in the following formats: Microsoft Word (DOC), (DOCX) and Adobe Acrobat (PDF).

Once I have submitted my application, can I make changes to it?

All submissions become the property of NEADS and will not be returned. Once submitted, applications forms are final and may not be modified.

My phone number, email address, or mailing address has changed. How can I update my file?

Should your contact information change, please inform our Financial Assistance Program Team by email at etes@neads.ca.

I am currently on medical leave from my studies; can I still apply?

Applicants must be currently registered in post-secondary education at a designated Canadian college, university or cégep at the time of application and be returning to school in the fall. Students on leave are not eligible to apply.

Can I submit more than one reference?

Only one reference of each type will be considered by the selection committee. Your reference can be either an academic or a community reference.

Who can I use as an appropriate academic or community reference?

Anyone who can speak to your academic performance, volunteerism, extra-curricular activities or employment history. For example, a professor/instructor, a manager, or a leader of an organization you volunteer with. This individual cannot be a family member, friend, spouse or colleague.

Can I apply for more than one award in this application cycle?

Yes, unless indicated otherwise you will be considered for all awards.

How do I apply for the AMI Scholarship?

For the AMI scholarship, please answer the AMI specific application question in your
application to be considered for this award:
“AMI’s vision is to establish and support a voice for Canadians with disabilities, representing their interests, concerns and values through accessible media, reflection and portrayal. What changes would you make to ensure accessibility and inclusion across all media platforms? What advice would you offer content creators and broadcasters to guarantee a more inclusive experience for all?”

How do I apply for the Bridgeman Hogue Memorial Scholarship?

For the Bridgeman Hogue Memorial Scholarship, you must identify as a post-secondary student or a student entering a post-secondary institution with a visual disability. This will be done through the disability type question on the optional self-declaration form.

If I won a NEADS Student Award previously, can I reapply?

No.

Can I apply to the NEADS Student Awards Program if I’ve been a recipient of an Accessibility Resilience Program grant?

Yes, you may apply, as they are separate programs.

Who are accepted professionals to fill out theGood Academic Standing verification form?

Acceptable professionals include: guidance counsellors, principals, registrar department staff, program coordinators, academic advisors, learning strategists, disability advisors.

When approximately will recipients be contacted?

Recipients will be notified early in 2023.

What is an acceptance proof of enrollment?

Acceptable proof is either a proof of enrollment letter from your school’s registrar office, or an acceptance letter.