Access Centre – VOH

FAQs Access Centre

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.
The Access Centre is located in Herzberg (H) 129, by the Library entrance.
- 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.
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
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
- Extra time for tests, quizzes and exams - Quiet room for tests, quizzes and exams - Note-taking services - Specialized software (Word Q, Antidote) - Computer for tests, quizzes and exams - Regular check-ins with their Contact Person
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
Students must submit the Student Accommodation Request Form along with their supporting documentation by a qualified professional. This can be done via our website: https://www.johnabbott.qc.ca/ -Services to Students -Access Centre -Intakes Process Alternatively, students can email the forms to access.centre@johnabbott.qc.ca. Once both documents have been received and reviewed, students will be contacted. Should additional information be required, students will be informed. Should no additional information be required, students will be contacted to schedule a mandatory meeting, either virtual or in person, using Microsoft Teams or a telephone meeting, should Teams not be an option.
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.
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.