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Documentation requirements

Students with disabilities are encouraged to inform the College of their needs at the beginning of the term and provide relevant, and current medical, psycho-educational or psychological documentation to the Counselling and Accessibility Services office. Students who do not have current documentation will be strongly encouraged to undergo assessment in order to demonstrate eligibility for accommodation(s) and service(s) at the postsecondary level. If applicable, the student has the responsibility to apply for funding for assistive services and technology as identified by the Assistive Technologist and/or the Counsellor as appropriate.

The provision of all academic accommodations is individualized and based upon the impact of a student’s disability on current academic performance. To set up initial accommodations, a student must have current medical documentation based on functional limitations or an updated ADHD or LD assessment. Assessments completed after the student reaches the age of 18 are considered current. Students may be encouraged to engage in a partial or full reassessment where more information is needed to understand the student’s learning needs within the current post-secondary environment or if the student’s health or other circumstances have changed. Full re-assessments are required when assessments provided are out of date for reasons of age of the assessments or change of circumstances. Updated assessments are required if past assessments were completed five or more years prior to the student's initial request for disability-related services at Seneca College (i.e., if the student is now 19 years of age and the assessment was completed at age 14) or as required by specific program licensing bodies or funders (e.g., Nursing, Accounting, Employment and Immigration)..

Seneca College is committed to a learning environment that is free of discrimination and harassment on the grounds of a disability and stresses all students and employees be afforded an inclusive teaching, learning and working environment that acknowledges and promotes equal rights for all persons with disabilities as enshrined in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (2005).