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While not all students with disabilities at SLC register with Counselling & AccessAbility Services (CAAS), it is through the stewardship of CAAS and participation of the broader college and local communities that SLC continues to be committed to providing a learning environment that is accessible for all students.

Our Kingston, Brockville, and Cornwall campuses have full-time CAAS staff that support student with disabilities and faculty in a collaborative and encouraging manner. Students with temporary or permanent disabilities or functional limitations can access individually designed supports, personal counseling and accommodations to meet their academic and placement needs. SLC's goal is to address the attitudinal, informational, communication, technological,organizational, and physical barriers that can hinder the success of students with disabilities as they strive to achieve their educational, personal and career goals.

SLC embraces the legal and ethical rights to equal opportunity and freedom from discrimination for individuals with disabilities as noted under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms (1982), the Ontario Human Rights Code (1990) and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (2005), particularly as it applies to our students.  

Services We Offer 

Our services and supports are provided to students with a temporary or permanent disability to ensure equal access at St. Lawrence College. We work collaboratively with students and faculty to ensure that the academic environment is accessible to all.

Academic Accommodations

St. Lawrence College will accommodate students with temporary or permanent disabilities as defined in Section 10 (1) of the Ontario Human Rights Code, 1990. Accommodations will be based on the functional limitations associated with a students disability, which interfere with their academic functioning, as well as, tailored to correspond with the specific program requirements. Students who receive accommodations must still meet the essential course and program requirements in order to be successful. Accommodations provided to our students with disabilities ensure access not success and do not provide an advantage - they simply "level the playing field."

Academic Accommodations for Students with Disabilities Policy (pdf)

Note: An accommodation is a change in the typical way a student is expected to learn, complete assignments or take part in class. Accommodations include things like alternative reading formats or physical changes to the classroom.

Learning Strategies Services

Learning Strategies (LS) are active plans or approaches that help you to learn more effectively and efficiently.

Our Learning Strategists assist students with the development of skills and motivation necessary for academic success. Learning Strategy appointments use a one-on-one approach with a focus on the individual needs of each student. Learning Strategists and students work collaboratively to create a plan to work on skills such as time management, organization, note-taking strategies, effective textbook-reading methods, study practices, and more.

Adaptive Technology Services

Adaptive or Assistive Technology (AT) is a generic term that includes any piece of equipment or software that is used to increase efficiency, maintain function, or improve the capability of individuals with disabilities. AT is used to achieve greater independence while compensating for any functional deficits. The Adaptive Technologists work closely with the Counsellors/Accessibility Advisors in supporting students with disabilities.

After a referral, students may see an Adaptive Technologist for:

  • an AT assessment and/or review of existing AT 
  • assistance with the ordering / purchasing process 
  • on-going training and troubleshooting needs
  • Click here for links to Adaptive Technology Training videos and modules

Listed below are some common examples of AT:

  • Text-to-speech software verbalizes, or “speaks” everything on a computer screen, including alternative format textbooks, website text, etc. 
  • Speech-to-text software 
    allows the user to voice computer commands and to enter text using their voice, rather than a mouse or keyboard 
  • Recording devices 
    allows the user to capture information presented verbally (lectures, workshops) for review at a later time 
  • Wireless Microphones/FM (Frequency Modulated) systems 
    transmits an instructor’s voice directly to the student at a constant level, insuring the instructor’s voice is heard above the level of background noise 
  • Mind mapping software 
    allows the user to organize their ideas through web-diagrams and by creating visual linkages between concepts and information .

College Committee on Disability Issues (CCDI): LD Resource Guide, 2008

Accessible Test Centre & Learning Coach Supports

  • Accessible Test Centre can be accessed as part of a students individual accommodation needs. 
  • Learning Coaches:
    • work with students who have various disabilities; they are professional employees hired by our college and are not students.
    • may act as scribes, readers or proctors for testing accommodations.
    • in Study Sessions, provide assistance in areas such as time management, assignment organization, study skills, and testing strategies but Learning Coaches are not academic/ subject related tutors.

St. Lawrence College is committed to providing educational opportunities for students with disabilities, disorders and medical conditions.

St. Lawrence College is committed to making our resources usable by all people, whatever their abilities or disabilities. This information will be made available in alternative format upon request.

Contact Us

 Kingston Campus
100 Portsmouth Avenue
Kingston, Ontario K7L 5A6
Room 01230
Phone: (613) 544-5400, ext. 1593
Fax: (613) 548-7793
Brockville Campus
2288 Parkedale Avenue
Brockville, Ontario K6V 5X3
Room 100
Phone: (613) 345-0660, ext. 3154 or ext. 3111
Fax: (613) 345-7871
Cornwall Campus
2 St. Lawrence Drive
Cornwall, Ontario K6H 4Z1
Room M1461
Phone: (613) 933-6080, ext. 2202