Accommodate portal for current AS supported students
This portal is for students who have already completed the Self-Assessment and documentation process. Check your accommodations, request accommodation letters each semester and request changes to your accommodations.
Accommodate portal for managers
Coordinators, exam staff and other administrators can log in here. Review student requests and exams accommodations.
What we do
Accessibility Services (AS) facilitates and promotes the ongoing development of an inclusive and accessible learning environment in which students with disabilities can participate in all aspects of campus life.
Accessibility Services aims to provide equal access to educational opportunities by working collaboratively with students with disabilities.
A note to parents, caregivers, and advocates
This note is intended for parents, caregivers, guardians, and advocates of students with disabilities who are entering college for the first time.
Accessibility Services student handbook
This handbook is designed to give students both a quick overview and a deep dive into all the services we provide.
How can we help you today?
Steps to plan and implement accommodations or supports.
See what medical documentation is required.
Types of accommodations and eligibility.
Just contact us! We are here to help.
Have a few quick questions ? Meet with a member of our team in a virtual drop-in session.
- enter into a virtual waiting room
- get moved into a private virtual room when it's their drop-in session
- have 10 minutes to ask questions
- can return later for another session
- check here to confirm no changes have been made to our virtual drop in schedule
*all dates and times subject to change or cancellation on short notice.
Virtual drop-in (currently unavailable)
Please check back for more drop-in opportunities. In the meantime, if you wish to speak with an Accessibility Services Coordinator, please email email@example.com
Submit a question
Fill out our online form if you have a question for the Accessibility Services department. We will do our best to respond to your inquiry within 48 hours.
Attend a Virtual Open House
Accessibility Services hosts online Open Houses to provide new and returning students additional information about the services we provide. Please check back for future dates.
An accommodation involves the removal of barriers (physical or instructional) to provide an inclusive learning environment. Accommodations may include, but are not limited to the following:
- An adaptation to the physical and/or instructional environment
- Alternate formats and methods of communication
- The use of adaptive technology and/or adaptations to the examination environment
An accommodation does not usually involve modification of curriculum or evaluation; a student must still meet the learning objectives and essential requirements of the course.
Types of accommodations
Services and accommodations may include, but are not limited to the following:
- Access to technical aids and adaptive equipment
- Accommodated tests and exams
- Alternate format text material
- Assistance with funding for students with disabilities
- Facilitation with note taking
- Instructor liaison
- Mobility and physical access assistance
- Orientation to OC
- Referrals to support services
- Sign language interpreting
To receive academic accommodations, students must self-disclose their disability and work collaboratively with Accessibility Services to request and set up supports. We support students who live with disabilities that can include:
- Blind or low vision
- Chronic/systemic health impairments
- Deaf, deafened or hard of hearing
- Learning disabilities
- Mental health disability
- Mobility/functional impairment
- Neurological disabilities
Depending on the disability, documentation should:
- Be current
- Outline the nature and extent of the disability
- Explain how the disability impacts the student in an educational environment
- Outline the functional capacity in an academic setting
- Provide recommendations for supports that mitigate the impact of the disability in an educational setting
When a service dog is required, the student may be required to show evidence of BC certification for the dog. The student will also be required to provide medical documentation to support the need for a service dog.
Academic concessions (for temporary medical conditions and illness)
Students with a temporary medical condition (e.g. a broken arm) or illness should first contact their professors/instructors directly to implement temporary and reasonable academic concessions. If the prognosis proves to be longer than expected (more than one semester) or the professors/instructors are having difficulty determining a way to accommodate, the student should contact Accessibility Services.
New students to Okanagan College requesting accommodations should reach out to the Accessibility Services Department at the time of acceptance into any course or program. Reaching out approximately 3 months in advance of the program start date helps to ensure that appropriate accommodations can be planned and/or implemented. Although students can self-elect to these services at any time during their studies, the intake process takes time and students are responsible for reaching out with as much notice as possible. Implementing new accommodations during the month of a student's finals may not be possible.
Three easy steps
1. Complete a disability self-assessment
Interested students will complete a Disability Self-Assessment before receiving a booking link for an appointment with an Accessibility Services Coordinator.
2. Medical documentation
The input you provide on your Disability Self-Assessment is considered when developing an appropriate plan; however, current diagnostic documentation from a qualified professional can be critical when determining appropriate academic accommodations and supports. Please refer to the Medical Documentation Table for eligible provider information and types of documentation.
If you do not have current documentation, we strongly encourage you to print out the OC Disability Verification Form and have it completed by a qualified health care provider.
If you are unable to provide documentation, you are still highly encouraged to complete the Disability Self-Assessment after which you can meet with an AS Coordinator to determine next steps.
3. We will contact you
When Accessibility Services receives the self-assessment and documentation, an Accessibility Services Coordinator will contact you to discuss what accommodations you may be eligible for while you are attending school. This is a collaborative process where the student must engage in ongoing accommodation and support planning with their coordinator.
Acceptable documentation must be obtained from a certified health care professional who has specific training, appropriate professional designation, and expertise in the diagnosis of the conditions for which the accommodation is being requested. Examples of appropriate health care professionals include the following:
- Certified audiologist
- Certified school psychologist (CVASP registered if in BC)
- Physician or medical specialist
- Registered clinical psychologist
The documentation we require for a learning disability must include a psychological-educational assessment from a registered clinical psychologist or certified school psychologist. The psychological-educational assessment must have been completed in the last five years or the assessment must have been made after age 18.
The documentation must speak to the degree and extent of the functional impact of the disability. It must also provide recommendations on what would be deemed appropriate and reasonable and/or services. When consulted, the Accessibility Services Coordinator will review the documentation and discuss with the student the appropriateness and reasonableness of the recommendations in relation to the university's academic standards and the essential requirements of the course and/or program.
We have compiled some resources that we think might help you in your post-secondary journey. This is not an exhaustive list of resources, and we know that we have not covered everything disability related. We will continue to update this page with added information and resources as we come across them.
Tap or click (enter or spacebar for keyboard users) to expand items below to learn more.
- College guide for students with dyslexia and dysgraphia - a resource to understand some types of learning disabilities, and strategies to support learning.
- Learning disabilities - from the Transition Resource Guide for students with disabilities.
- Dyslexia Canada - Resources from Dyslexia Canada.
Transition stories - stories from students, teachers, and parents.
Accessibility Services (and how it differs from High School) - this website has some useful information about Accessibility Services and the support available in college. While it is Ontario based a lot of the information is relevant nationally.
Transitioning to college with a disability (Video) - this video is an older one but contains some good dialogue around the experience of transitioning to college from high school.
ADHD - from the Transition Resource Guide for Students with Disabilities
Strategies for setting goals and time management for young adults with ADHD - this one is great for looking at schedules, time blocking, motivation, morning routines and more.
Managing adult ADHD - an excellent resource links to a bunch of other readings and some apps that may be helpful for you.
10 back-to-school tips for grownups - going back to school at any age can bring up nerves – this article sets you up for success
7 tips for college students with ADHD - this one has some neat tips, too
Children and Adults with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD) - CHADD offers lots of archived webinars covering a broad range of topics relating to ADHD.
Counselling Resources @ OC - Counselling Services has a list of resources to help support with everything from test anxiety to Mood disorders.
Wellness Together - free resources for mental health and substance use support.
Mental Health Disorders - from the Transition Resource Guide for Students with Disabilities .
Testing Anxiety - Looks at ways to overcome exam/testing anxiety.
Grief and Bereavement - This is a collection of useful links and resources about coping with grief.
Academic Communication Equity - British Columbia (ACE-BC) - For students who are Deaf, DeafBlind or hard of hearing. Register for their free course - Transition into Post-Secondary Studies (TIPS) by emailing: Office@ace-bc.ca
Provincial Resource Centre for the Visually Impaired (PRCVI) - PRCVI has assembled a transition resource guide to assist students with visual impairments