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College of the North Atlantic is committed to providing an inclusive learning environment which celebrates and encourages diversity. CNA promotes equal access and opportunities to facilitate success in the educational community and in the community at large. Our philosophy is to presume competence and encourage independence and self-actualization; empowering all students to recognize, celebrate and productively use their abilities!
If you are a student with a disability and you will require services and supports from Accessibility Services, start the application process early. Early planning can help you avoid any delays in starting your program or in accessing the services and supports you will need. If, for example, you require adaptive equipment, alternate format texts or interpreting services, at least three months notice may be needed to ensure availability at the start of your program.
If you choose not to identify a disability until after you have registered, there is no guarantee that you will be accommodated in your current semester. Some accommodations take time and resources to implement and therefore, in certain circumstances, could be delayed. Additionally, if you wish to apply for funding to help offset the costs of disability related supports you will need to connect with funding agencies early.
Steps to access Accessibility Services
Step 1) Choose a program
If you are a high school student, your first step is to discuss your career/program choice with your guidance counsellor. It is important you are aware of the specific nature of the program you are interested in, how your disability might impact your success in the program and other options you may not have considered.
You can check out our listing of programs and courses.
If you would like to “try out” a program you can contact the coordinator of Accessibility Services at a campus closest to you to discuss options to sit in on a program for a day in order to see firsthand what the program entails.
It is important that you fully explore the admissions requirements for college programs as well as understand any regulatory requirements (or industry standards) that may impact employment in your chosen field.
Step 2) Apply
- If you are an applicant who meets our entrance requirements and identifies a disability, your application is processed by the admissions office as per the admissions process for all students. Additionally, a copy of your application and transcript, as well as any documentation verifying your disability, is given to the coordinator of Accessibility Services who will contact you to discuss your accessibility-related accommodation needs.
- If you are an applicant who does not meet entrance requirements and identifies a disability, the admissions office will consult with the coordinator of Accessibility Services before processing your application. The coordinator will contact you to determine whether or not your disability is relevant to not meeting the entrance requirements. If it is, then you may still be able to access some of our programs through our special admissions process. If your disability is not relevant to not meeting entrance requirements, you may be able, for example, to meet entrance requirements by availing of our CAS-Transition program. The coordinator of Accessibility Services will discuss all available options with you.
- If you do not identify as having a disability, but your high school transcript denotes you have completed modified or alternate courses, your application and transcript will be copied to the coordinator of cisability services who will follow up with you to determine eligibility. It may be determined that you do not meet entrance requirements if you have completed modified or alternate courses. If this is the case, you may be able to explore other options through our special admissions process.
- If you are an applicant with a disability, you choose whether or not to identify this on your application. If you meet entrance requirements, your application is processed as per the admissions policy for all applicants; identifying a disability does not interfere with this. Follow-up with the coordinator of Accessibility Services to discuss accessibility-related accommodations is a separate process. Early identification of a disability enables the college to respond to your accessibility-related needs in a timely manner and to inform you of any additional services or funding options which may be available to you as you pursue your college education.
Step 3) Provide documentation
In order to access services and supports through Accessibility Services you must provide current documentation to verify your disability. If you have any questions about your documentation contact the CDS nearest you.
- Step 4) Complete a pre-entry interview with the coordinator of Accessibility Services (CDS)
Step 5) Disclosure
During the pre-entry interview you will be asked to sign a consent form identifying with whom information about your program/accommodations can be shared/disclosed. Accessibility Services will disclose information only to the extent necessary to ensure the provision of services and supports.
- Step 1) Choose a program
Transitioning to CollegeOnce you have taken care of all necessary admissions details you can begin to focus on the process of transitioning to college. College is a very different experience from high school and the world of work! College can be very fast-paced, making it important to prepare yourself ahead of time. It will be helpful if you know your own unique learning style, strengths and weaknesses. This understanding often begins with a clear diagnosis of your disability.
As well, prepare for increased academic demands at college. Some students become overwhelmed when they find that the strategies that worked in their high school studies are no longer as effective with their college studies. Understanding these increased academic demands and possible adaptations to your existing strategies will provide you with a better opportunity to be successful at the post-secondary level.
As adult learners, college students must assume a greater degree of responsibility for their own learning. You must have excellent attendance, stay on top of all classes and assignments and organize your time effectively.
What you need to know:
- Adaptive/Assistive Technology
- Consent Form and Confidentiality
- Counselling Services
- Accessibility Resource Centers
- Distance Learning
- Grade Point Average/Passing Grades
- Help Centers
- Human Rights, College and Student Responsibilities
- Policies and Procedures
- Reasonable Accomodations
- Re-Write Policy
- Self Advocacy
- Special Admissions
- Peer Tutoring Program
- Mental Health
- Accommodations List
Documentation and Forms
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