Post-Secondary Education Guide for Parents and Caregivers of Students with Disabilities

Early Identification

Students are encouraged to connect with Accessible Learning Services at least 3 months prior the start of the semester.

Accessible Learning Services works in collaboration with students, faculty and staff. Together, we identify and implement accommodations and services to ensure that all students can have an equal opportunity to achieve educational goals.

Parent/Caregiver Support

As the role of the student changes upon attending post-secondary, so does the role of the parents and caregivers. Parents and caregivers play an integral part in supporting their student to transition to a self-advocating, independent adult. This transition, with parental and caregiver support, is particularly important for individuals with disabilities who are planning to attend Mohawk College.

Team Members

As your student transitions to college, you will find a vast team available to support your student and their disability related needs which include Accessibility Counsellors, Accessibility Support Officers, Learning Skills Advisors and Assistive Technologists, and Testing Centre staff. We encourage students to use the resources that are available and applicable to their individual requirements.

Attendant Care

While Mohawk College does not provide attendant care services for students, Accessible Learning Services can help facilitate the application process. For more information on how your student can acquire attendant care services at college and residence please see the Center for Independent Living Toronto website (CILT).

Getting Ready

Funding Post-Secondary Education

It is important for students to think about financial costs and develop a plan to pay for their post-secondary education. In addition to savings, funding for education may be supplemented through a number of programs for students. Students are encouraged to visit the Financial Assistance website for options on funding post-secondary education and grants that may be available for students with disabilities.

Documentation

As a parent or caregiver you can support your student to gather and be knowledgeable about their disability documentation. Students should gather the following relevant documentation:

  • IEP/IPRC documentation- most recent
  • Psycho-educational Assessment
  • Neuro-psych Assessment
  • Medical documentation

For more information on how your student can acquire or update their documentation please see the Guide to Disability Documentation.

Communication Support

Students who require an Interpreter to attend meetings, may contact Accessible Learning Services by email at als [at] mohawkcollege.ca and appropriate arrangements will be made.

Register with Accessible Learning Services

Your student should contact Accessible Learning Services (ALS), as soon as they have received confirmation of acceptance.

Students can register with Accessible Learning Services online at Accessible Learning Services Online Registration Form

For additional information regarding registration, students can contact Accessible Learning Services by email at als [at] mohawkcollege.ca or by phone at (905) 575-2122.

Roles

Students

Students are responsible for:

  • Registering with Accessible Learning Services
  • Students may choose to have someone attend their intake appointment with them
  • Providing documentation in a timely manner
  • Following procedures and deadlines for requesting and accessing accommodations
  • Distributing and discussing accommodations with each instructor
  • Updating Accessible Learning Services if accommodations are not being met or needs have changed

Parents

Parents and caregivers can offer transition support to their student by:

  • Helping students identify their strengths
  • Encouraging the student to connect with campus services and activities
  • Promoting decision making and providing support and as students develop educational goals
  • If an updated psychoeducational assessment is needed, looking into your insurance benefits to determine what portion of the assessment can be covered
  • Providing support and encouragement as your student navigates through the exciting and often stressful transition to, post-secondary education

Accessible Learning Services

Accessible Learning Services offers support by:

  • Meeting with students to support their transition to Mohawk College
  • Reviewing documentation and obtaining additional documentation as required, including funding options (i.e. updated psycho- educational assessment, medical documentation, etc.)
  • Working with students to create an accommodation plan to support disability related needs
  • Assessing students for learning and adaptive technology needs, and providing services and resources to support access and/or facilitate loan or purchase of equipment
  • Providing alternative format materials

The Duty to Accommodate

Accommodations are changes in the traditional rules and procedures surrounding teaching and testing which allow students with disabilities to participate on a ‘level playing field’.

In Ontario, post-secondary institutions have ‘a duty to accommodate’ students with disabilities. This means that institutions are expected to make every reasonable effort to accommodate students with disabilities.

Accessible Learning Services and your student work together to develop an accommodation plan.

Please be aware that Accessible Learning Services may need time to arrange accommodations.

Confidentiality

The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA) guides Mohawk College’s confidentiality and consent policies. While Accessible Learning Services recognizes the value of parent and caregiver support, completion of an external consent form is required to discuss a student’s accommodation needs with a parent or caregiver.

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Have Questions? Need Assistance? Want to Book an Appointment?
We are here to help. Contact Accessible Learning Services by email at als [at] mohawkcollege.ca or by phone at (905) 575-2122.