Accessible Learning Services
Our services are free, confidential and voluntary for all registered Seneca students. Students must self-identity in order to access services.
Accessible Learning Services (ALS) provides access to academic accommodations, assistive technology and other accessible learning services for students with disabilities. Our goal is to provide equal opportunities for our Seneca students to achieve academic success.
An accessible student-centred and universally designed educational experience that fosters full and active participation of students with disabilities.
Facilitates access to education through accommodations, education, consultation, and support.
Our Core Values:
ALS Services will meet your individual needs, are collaborative and are non-judgemental
Who We Are:
We are Seneca Colleges office for the management of academic accommodations for all students with disabilities. The term disability covers a broad range of conditions that could be permanent, temporary, and episodic, including temporary disabilities, chronic conditions, disabling illness, as well as the physical, emotional, and psychological. We work with you, your instructor, and any third-party stakeholders to ensure your accommodation plan is successfully implemented.
Our team consists of Accessibility Counsellors, Learning Strategists, Assistive Technologists, Service Advisors, Office Assistants and various other support staff roles.
Who We Support:
All students with known or suspected disabilities or disabling conditions are encouraged to access our service, including:
Some students may have functional limitations that impact their ability to fully engage with their academic work. Appropriate academic accommodations remove barriers to academic participation and access for a student with a disability in the postsecondary environment.
College-level academic accommodations are based on an assessment of individual needs and disability documentation. Student may receive academic accommodations such as extra time for tests and exams, extensions for assignments, and taking tests, exams, and quizzes in the Test Centre. All students are required to meet the same course outcomes. Accommodations do not lessen the academic rigor and integrity of courses.
Students can request academic accommodations for:
Connect with our services if you have a temporary or permanent disability as defined by the Ontario Human Rights Code. These may include:
You will need to provide documentation such as a psycho-educational assessment or functional limitation assessment form (medical certificate)
Seneca does not recognize an IEP (individualized education plan) as sufficient documentation for determining accommodations. An appointment with an Accessibility Counsellor is required to identify a student’s specific needs and determine if additional disability documentation is required
Additional Supports and Services
Accessible Learning Services offers a range of programs and services that are available to students:
Accessibility Counsellors (AC)
Our AC's hold professional degrees in Counselling and Accessibility-related fields and balance their theoretical background with extensive practical experience and members of professional colleges which are governed by the Regulated Health Care Professionals Act (RHPA). Accessibility Counsellors work with students to identify individual accommodation needs so that students can more fully participate in their academic studies. Once a student engages ALS they are paired with an Accessibility Counsellor.
Accessibility Counsellors collaborate with the student to navigate and support them though their academic journey.
Assistive Technologists (AT)
Once a student has connected with our services their Accessibility Counsellors may see value in referring them to an Assistive Technologist to support their academic accommodations.provide individual assessment and training on the use of assistive technology software and devices in the classroom for students with disabilities registered with ALS.
Assistive Technologists can provide individual assessments and training provide individual assessment and training on the use of assistive technology software and devices in the classroom for students with disabilities registered. Assistive Technologists support students with items such as:
Learning Strategist (LS)
Another resources an Accessibility Counsellor may connect a student with is a Learning Strategist. Learning Strategists provide assistance to students registered with ALS with learning and study skill development.
Learning Strategists can provide guidance and resources for items such as:
Office Assistants (OA)
Our Office Assistants are the front facing staff that Seneca Students connect with when using our services. The Office Assistants are hear to answer calls, emails and in-person questions in regard to booking appointments, our service, navigating the college departments and much more.
Services Advisors (SA)
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Sr. Support Officer (SSO)
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