Located in the Student Resource Centre (SRC), Learning Assistance Resources provides support services, resources and programs for students and faculty. We offer services for students with disabilities pedagogical support for faculty working with students with disabilities, assistive technologies, exam invigilation for students requiring exam accommodations and access to funding - including Provincial and Federal Grants.
Deaf and Hard of Hearing students can arrange access to language interpretation, closed captioning and FM system access. With advanced notice, a qualified interpreter or captioner can be hired to accommodate students' needs. An FM system, with headphones, can be made available from the Student Resource Centre for students who are Hard of Hearing.
Students with Learning Disabilities, ADD/ADHD diagnosis must provide the relevant and current documentation such as psycho-educational assessments, medical reports and any other pertinent information to verify the need for academic accommodations and to identify specific accommodation needs. Documentation should be completed within the last three (3) years and should be presented to the Manager, Learning Assistance Resources, as soon as possible. We strongly recommend that documentation is supplied at least 2 months prior to commencing your studies at ACAD so that appropriate accommodations can be arranged in a timely fashion.
Students who begin their studies at ACAD who do not have supportive documentation but for whom services were provided in their previous educational institutions, are encouraged to discuss their situation with the Manager, Learning Assistance Resources. Every effort will be made to facilitate securing appropriate supportive documentation as well as discussions relating to the possibility of funding and other resources.
Students with chronic or temporary health related difficulties who are not classified as having a permanent disability will be provided appropriate assistance based on a referral and recommendations from a specialist caregiver and/or ACAD counselling services, wherever necessary. ACAD recognizes its duty to provide inclusive academic environment and it will strive to eliminate discrimination based on temporary health conditions.
Accommodations are arranged through Academic Accommodation Agreement Forms with instructors or other College staff. Students play an important role in this process as they have responsibility for ensuring that their instructors are cognizant of their disability-related academic needs.
The College is wheelchair accessible. To prevent frustration, ACAD encourages all students with mobility concerns to speak with the Manager, Learning Assistance Resources, before visiting the Campus. ACAD has prepared an accessibility map that outlines the accessible routes.
Please download, print and complete any forms that you might require and set up an appointment with the Manager, Learning Assistance Resources, to discuss the services you require.
Paul Szymanowski, Manager, Learning Assistance Resources
Student Resource Centre