Services to Students

Access Centre

Access Centre Mandate

Our mandate is to collaborate with teachers, staff, and outside agencies in order to offer accommodations to students who have limitations and/or incapacities resulting from a specific diagnosis and/or medical condition.

Our goal is to empower students who require accommodations to become autonomous and self-regulated learners for their future endeavors by striving to give them an equal opportunity to learn and succeed.

Who We Support

Students who present appropriate documentation* addressing disabilities such as:

  • Mental Health Disorders
  • Hearing and Visual Impairments
  • Physical Disabilities
  • Specific Learning Disabilities
  • Neurological Disorders
  • Any other medical conditions resulting in limitations and/or incapacities, including temporary conditions such as concussions.

* Type of appropriate documentation includes: full medical, psychiatric, and or psycho-educational assessment.

Intake Process

John Abbott College is committed to ensuring that all students have equal access to its programs and services. If you are requesting accommodations, you can print this form Student Accommodation Request Form, complete it and return it along with supporting documentation:

By mail: Access Centre, John Abbott College, 21 275 lakeshore, Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue (Quebec) H9X 3L9
By Email: access.centre@johnabbott.qc.ca

Or you can fill and submit the online form below.
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The documentation provided by the student will be analyzed so as to determine the appropriate accommodations.

DEADLINES to request accommodations

  • Students admitted for August (Fall entry) – due June 1.
  • Students admitted for January (Winter entry) – due January 1.

 

Student Accommodation Request Form

Student Accommodation Request Form

Student Information
  • In order to evaluate appropriate and necessary accommodations, please submit supporting documentation detailing your specific diagnosis and/or condition from a qualified professional (i.e., doctor, psychologist, speech and language pathologist, audiologist).Please note that although helpful in evaluating appropriate and necessary accommodations, Individualized Education Plan (IEPs) from High School are not sufficient. * Upload does not work with the browser Internet Explorer
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    • Upon reception and review of these documents, the Access Centre will contact you to schedule a mandatory meeting prior to the start of the semester.Any information provided to the Access Centre will be kept confidential. This information is required in order to determine appropriate and necessary accommodations at a college level. Consent to divulge any information to a third party will be discussed at the mandatory meeting.During the intake meeting, you and your Access Centre contact person will determine which accommodations and resources you could have access to. The intake meeting usually lasts between 45 minutes to an hour.Additional comments/information you would like to provide:

    Services Provided

    • Individualized assessment of academic needs
    • Emergency evacuation protocol
    • Priority registration
    • Study skills strategies
    • Exam invigilation
    • Online exam booking module
    • Note-taking services
    • Time management strategies
    • Differentiated learning materials
    • Specialized equipment and software (Word Q, Antidote)
    • Extra time for tests, quizzes and exams
    • Quiet room for tests, quizzes and exams
    • Specialized software (Word Q, Antidote)
    • Computer for tests, quizzes and exams
    • Regular check-ins with their Contact Person

    Contact

    Please feel free to contact us:
    access.centre@johnabbott.qc.ca
    514-457-6610 x5398
    Herzberg H-129, by the Library entrance

    FAQ

    What type of supporting documentation do students requesting accommodations need to provide in order to register with the Access Centre?

    Students requesting accommodations need to provide supporting documentation detailing their specific diagnosis and/or medical condition from a qualified professional in Quebec, including:

    • Doctor
    • Psychologist
    • Speech & Language Pathologist
    • Audiologist
    • Optometrist
    • Guidance Counsellor with accreditation from their Professional Order
    • Nurse with accreditation from their Professional Order
    What does the supporting documentation need to outline?

    Supporting documentation needs to outline the following:

    • Specific diagnosis and/or medical condition
    • Limitations and/or incapacities resulting from the specific diagnosis and/or medical condition
    • Whether the specific diagnosis and/or medical condition is temporary or permanent
    When should students requesting accommodations begin the process?

    Students requesting accommodations should submit the required documentation as soon as they are notified of their acceptance to John Abbott.

    • Students accepted for the Fall semester will be offered an appointment as of June 1
    • Students accepted for the Winter semester will be offered an appointment as of December 1
    Is an IEP (Individualized Education Plan) from High School sufficient to request accommodations?

    Although an IEP is helpful in evaluating appropriate and necessary accommodations, it is not sufficient to request accommodations as it does not outline the required information.

    What is the Intake Process of the Access Centre?

    Regardless of the student’s situation prior to coming to John Abbott, the Intake Process is the same for all students. This includes the mandatory phone, virtual or in person discussion with the student.

    During the meeting, the student’s individualized needs will be assessed and appropriate and necessary accommodations will be evaluated and granted.

    Please note that accommodations at the post-secondary level may differ from the accommodations granted in High School.

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