Our team of Accessibility Advisors works collaboratively with faculty and community partners to ensure an inclusive and accessible academic setting where students can reach their full potential. Whether your disability is permanent or temporary, we will assist you in creating an academic accommodations plan that suits your needs. Disabilities may include:

  • Learning Disabilities
  • Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD or ADHD)
  • Mental Health Concerns
  • Medical/Chronic Conditions
  • Mobility Disability
  • Acquired Brain Injuries
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Language Disorder
  • Visual or Auditory Disabilities

If you are experiencing academic difficulties and want to check for a learning disability or other functional limitation, we encourage you to meet with a Accessibility Advisor to discuss it.

  • To receive services, you must first register with a Disability Advisor on your campus.

    1. Appointment Request

    Call 705.560.6673 ext. 2020 at the Sudbury campus or contact the Disability Advisor at your campus to request an appointment.

    2. Bring your documentation (if available) at your first meeting

    You are responsible for providing official documentation confirming functional limitations related to your specific needs. You can receive services for special needs that are permanent or temporary.

    Under the Ontario Human Rights Code, students are not required to disclose their diagnosis for academic accommodations. However, the documentation provided must confirm the impact (or functional limitations) that the diagnosis or special need may have on their academic performance.

    Disability documentation must be from an authorized professional with expertise in the appropriate specialty. (Eg psychiatrist, physician, nurse practitioner, psychologist, audiologist, optometrist, etc.)

    Need a form? 

    If you need a medical form to confirm a medical or mental health condition, click on the following link:

    Medical Information Request Form

    Interim academic accommodations may be established for students who are awaiting documentation.

    If you do not have official documentation, your Disability Advisor will assist you in taking steps to identify your needs and obtain documentation.

    3. Refer to the following documents for details on the next steps:

  • If you have a documented special need or suspect that you may have one, many different academic accommodations are available to you, such as:

    • screening and needs assessment;
    • reference for a diagnostic assessment;
    • academic accommodations for tests;
      • tests and exams of your program;
      • certification exams;
    • materials in alternate formats;
    • FM amplification system;
    • integrated magnification and reading software;
    • interpreting service;
    • possibility of a reduced course load;
    • manual or computerized note-taking;
    • specialized tutoring;
    • individualized mentoring;
    • assistive technologies (Kurzweil, Word Q, Inspiration, Antidote, as well as an inventory of applications);
    • learning strategies (time management, study methods, etc.);
    • or any other accommodations, according to needs identified.
  • Learning Strategies (LS) are tools and suggestions that provide you with different approaches to studying and understanding course material.

    Learning Strategies

    There are various learning strategies, such as:

    • exam preparation
    • time management
    • in-class notetaking
    • increase your attention in the classroom
    • and many others! 

    Adaptive Technologies

    Adaptive Technologies (AT) are equipment or software that will help you to:

    • understand the course material;
    • study;
    • read and write;
    • organize your time;
    • block distractions to better focus on your studies;
    • perform tasks by minimizing the effects of your special need. 

    Here are some technologies used in college:

    • speech-to-text: Siri, Medialxie, Windows Speech Recognition, Dragon Dictation, etc.
    • text-to-speech: Kurzweil, Word Q, Google Read & Write, Free Natural Reader etc.
    • word prediction: Word Q, Medialxia, etc.
    • mind mapping: Inspiration, Edraw Mind Map, Mind Meister, etc.
    • correctors: Antidote, Medialexie, etc.
    • organization and studies: Anki, ColdTurkey, EverNote, Flashcard Elite, and many others
  • Are you an apprentice, with a documented special need (or you suspect one), and are enrolled in one of Collège Boréal’s online or block release apprentice programs?

    If so, you can receive support from the Services for Students with Disabilities.

    There are many different academic accommodations you can access, such as:

    • screening and needs assessment;
    • academic accommodations for tests and exams,
      • extended time,
      • separate room,
      • rephrasing of questions, if necessary;
    • alternate format materials;
    • individualized mentoring;
    • learning strategies (time management, study methods, etc.);
    • or any other accommodations, according to needs identified.
  • Transitioning to college represents a significant life change. With proper planning and the right tools, this transition from high school (or other academic/work avenues) to post-secondary education will be less intimidating. As a college student, you must be independent and be able to self-advocate. Do not worry! The Services for Students with Disabilities is here to support you in this transition.

    As a student, you have access to:

    Your parents have access to:

    • information sessions
    • information about available services and how students must register

    Click for important tips to prepare for your first meeting with a Disability Advisor.

    Transition Program

    This one-week program is offered free of charge to students with a learning disability and/or attention deficit disorder.

    Take the first step! It’s free! *

    * Program activities are free and a scholarship is available for accommodation, transportation and meals.

    Click for more information and to register.

  • Financial assistance is available for students with disabilities. For more details, please discuss with an Accessibility Advisor.

    The Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) provides financial support to students with documented special needs who are eligible for OSAP to pay for the costs of services or equipment required during their post-secondary studies.

  • In order to help your students plan their transition to Collège Boréal, you can provide them with the following documentation or send it to us by e-mail at servicedaccessibilite@collegeboreal.ca.

    Please ensure that your student has a recent copy of the following documents:

    (Please, include all documentation in your possession)

    For steps on how to sign up for our services, click on the following link.

    For more information about transitioning to Collège Boréal, click on the following link.

    If you have several students who are enrolled at Collège Boréal for the month of September, our Disability Advisors can meet with your students, in your school, to present our services and discuss which academic accommodations are available. To request a visit, please e-mail: servicedaccessibilite@collegeboreal.ca.

  • The Accessibility Services team respects your privacy by ensuring that all information about you remains confidential. Your personal information cannot be shared unless you have given consent*.

    Your personal information is kept in a file and this file is locked under lock and key, in a locked room that is accessible only to authorized persons. The files are kept for 10 years and are then destroyed.

    Your information file is not linked to the academic file and only members of our team can access it.

    *certain conditions apply. For more information about privacy rights, you can refer to the Privacy Act.

Contact us


Sudbury campus & Boréal en ligne
705.560.6673 or 1.800.361.6673, ext. 2020  TTY: 705.521.6001
Fax: 705.521.6004
Northern and Eastern Ontario campuses (Hearst, Kapuskasing, Timmins, Nipissing & Ottawa)
705.560.6673 or 1.800.361.6673, ext. 5528
South-West Campuses (Toronto, Hamilton, Windsor)
705.560.6673 or 1.800.361.6673, ext. 5141

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