Accessibility Services

Accessibility Services

Accessibility Services ensures that the academic environment is accessible whether you are onsite or online. Barriers to learning are identified and resources are offered to support learning.

Students who learn differently or who have physical challenges are encouraged to contact the advisors in Accessibility Services to discuss their program of study and any accommodations required. Accessibility services are designed for students who may have restrictions resulting from a physical, sensory, or mental health disability.

Please remember to register or re-register with Accessibility Services each semester.

Register with Accessibility Services

We encourage current and prospective students to contact one of our Accessibility Advisors as soon as possible to begin the intake process. For example, if you are starting classes in September, please contact us early in May/June.

Northern College supports students with permanent and/or temporary disabilities. Documentation is required from a regulated health care professional confirming a disability and identifying the functional limitations you will experience in post-secondary education. Interim accommodations may be provided to students who are being assessed or waiting on documentation. It is not a requirement to provide a specific diagnosis to access accommodations and support services at Northern College.

If you have a learning disability, you will need a current psycho-educational assessment completed by a Psychologist or Psychological Associate within the last 5 years or as an adult (18 years or older), confirming your functional limitations. Referrals for updated psycho-educational assessment may be facilitated through Accessibility Services.

If you have physical, medical, hearing, vision or mental health concerns, your registered health care professional can complete the Medical Information Request Form (PDF, 381 KB) or provide similar documentation confirming your functional limitations.

Please note:

  • An IEP provides background information, but does not confirm a disability or related functional limitations.
  • A registered healthcare professional is someone who is capable of providing confirmation of a disability and providing the functional limitations that may affect your academic functioning (i.e. chiropractor, optometrist, family physician, psychiatrist, nurse practitioner, etc.).

Medical Information Request Form (PDF, 381 KB)

Services Offered

Learning strategies are active approaches to learning that benefit all students, but they are crucial tools for students who have disabilities. They provide structure and organization so that learning can be accomplished more effectively and efficiently.

The most effective strategies for individual students will be those which utilize their learning strengths while helping them to manage their areas of difficulties. However, determining the most appropriate strategies for individual students within specific situations may require a period of trial-and-error as various strategies are proven more or less effective. What works for one student, may not be effective for another student even with a similar learning profile. Further, what works for one student in one situation may not easily transfer to new and different learning situations.

Our learning strategists work with students to create a plan to work on skills, such as:

  • Time Management
  • Organization
  • Note-taking
  • Effective Textbook Reading
  • Study Skills


Helpful Resources

Assistive Technology (AT) is a generic term that includes any piece of equipment 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 while attending post-secondary education. Our Assistive Technologists work closely with our Learning Strategists and Accessibility Advisors in supporting students with disabilities. Some common examples of AT:

Text-to-Speech Software verbalizes, or “speaks,” everything on a computer screen, including alternative format textbooks, website text, etc.

Mind Mapping Software allows the user to organize their ideas through web-diagrams and by creating visual linkages between concepts and information.

Voice Recognition 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 record information presented verbally (lectures, workshops) for review at a later time.

FM Systems (Frequency Modulated Systems) transmits an instructor’s voice directly to the student at a constant level, insuring that the instructor’s voice is heard above the level of background noise.

Editing Software provides the user with auditory feedback so they can hear their written text, which enhances the editing of written documents. Additional features alert the user to probable errors in written text (grammar, word usage, structure, spelling, style, punctuation and capitalization).

Students registered with Accessibility Services may access our test centre as part of their accommodations. Students are asked to complete the online Test/Exam Request Form 5 days before the test/exam in order to accurately schedule and accommodate students. Testing accommodations are based on the unique needs of each student and may include:

  • Additional time for tests/exams
  • Readers
  • Scribes
  • Access to assistive technology
  • Alternate format tests/exams
  • Computers
  • Private rooms
  • Accessible seating


Student Test/Exam Accommodation Request Process

  1. Log into your Student Account using your Northern College username and password.
  2. If you are registered with the Accessibility Services Department, you will see a new menu option on the left hand side that says “Test/Exam Accommodation”. Click this link.
  3. Pick the class that the test is for.
  4. Fill in the time and date.
  5. Click Done at the bottom of the page.
  6. Wait for the form to disappear and a confirmation sent message. A copy will be sent via email to the professor, the Accessibility Centre and to your Northern College email account.
Male College Student Meeting With Campus Counselor Discussing Mental Health Issues

CollegeBound: A Post-Secondary Transitional Program

Your Accessibility Services Team strives to dismantle obstacles and unlock future opportunities for students studying online or in-person.

CollegeBound is offered to students with disabilities just before the start of the Fall Semester and is geared towards helping students at each of our campuses navigate the services and tools available.

  • Kirkland Lake Campus: August 28, 2024
  • Haileybury Campus: August 28-29, 2024
  • Timmins Campus: August 29-30, 2024

Learn More & Register for CollegeBound

What are the benefits?

  • Focus on the things that are important to know when enrolled in college as a student with disabilities.
  • Learn how to find important information – booklists, student portal, and program coordinators.
  • Learn how to navigate Blackboard / Student email.
  • Learn what accessible services are available.
  • Learn how to use assistive technologies and discover learning strategies that will support your academic success.


Haileybury Campus
705-672-3376 ext. 1-8818

Kirkland Lake Campus
705-567-9291 ext. 3625

Moosonee Campus
705-336-2913 ext. 5603

Timmins Campus
705-235-3211 ext. 2237

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