Information for students and parents

Information for students and parents

Information for Students

Eligibility Requirements

Student Accessibility and Accommodation Services provide disability support services to all registered Bishop’s students who have documented disabilities and who pay student service fees. Documentation must be recent (within 5 years) and come from a practitioner who is qualified in the area of the disability and must include a specific diagnosis, assessment and recommendations of accommodation. In the case of multiple disabilities, students must provide documentation for each disability for which accommodations are requested.

Students with permanent disabilities

We assist students with documented permanent disabilities. These include:

  • Mobility and coordination impairments.
  • Hearing or vision impairments.
  • Chronic physical or mental health problems.
  • Attention Deficit Disorder or Learning Disability.

Students with temporary disabilities

SAAS can also assist students with documented, temporary difficulties, such as concussions or accidents resulting in temporary mobility problems or broken limbs which affect their ability to carry on with their usual academic tasks.

Information for Parents

Transition to University

Moving on to university represents a significant step towards adulthood. Whether the student lives at home or goes away to attend university, the move constitutes an emotional separation for both parent and child. For most, the end of high school marks the symbolic end of childhood.

What parents can do:

You can support your student in investigating available resources together with them. Guiding them though the process of registering for and obtaining services from SAAS as early as possible will be beneficial in the long run.

Work with your student to help them develop self-advocacy skills. Help them understand and effectively communicate their needs, strengths and preferences related to their disability.

Ensure that appropriate documentation has been completed.

Remember: students are responsible for self-identifying and requesting accommodations.

The aim of SAAS is to establish a collaborative working relationship with each student. Therefore, we would like to emphasize that while it is our responsibility to provide students with the accommodations required, it is the responsibility of each student to inform us of their needs. We encourage them to report any problems encountered with the accommodations and services as soon as possible, and to follow through with the procedures as outlined.

Students must be able to advocate for their own needs, take responsibility for their learning, and understand the requirements that they must meet in order to be successful in their academic endeavours. SAAS works with them to achieve this throughout their time at BU.