When you are a student with a disability entering post-secondary school, this transition often comes with added planning and resources to be sure that you have the right support to be independent, successful, included and have equal access to all that college and university life has to offer!
Leaving high school and possibly leaving home requires new skills and resources to help adjust to the many changes ahead. Parents will often take a backseat and students will now lead the choice-making in their education and the supports they require at school. Your new role of self-advocate will be important as professors and teachers look to you for guidance in what will help you adjust to life at post-secondary school.
Whether you are choosing the right college, university or awaiting acceptance letters, there may still be many questions you still have to answer. Perhaps you are even looking for financial support to help ease the pressure of first year. An important first step is to connect with your chosen school’s Disability Services Office or Accessibility Centre (there are different names so search “disabilities” and “accessibility”) to learn about all that the school has to offer you.
In addition to contacting the school of your choice, here are some important links for students and their families when they are starting college or university in the fall.
Ontario Association of Children’s Rehabilitation Services (OACRS) offers an opportunity for a youth who has been served by one of Ontario’s 21 children’s treatment centres to receive an OACRS Scholarship Award. Read about the CTN’s winners, here.
Transition Resource Guide with links to specific colleges and universities.
Inclusive Education Program at Ontario Colleges
March of Dimes Attendant Care Program at York University and Seneca College for students living in residence as well as those who commute daily to campus, at their 4700 Keele St. Campus.
Tamara Gordon Foundation offers financial assistance.
Easter Seals Scholarships
DisabilityAwards.ca- Portal for Colleage and University Awards and Scholarships
The Joubin/Selig Scholarship Fund providing financial assistance to post-secondary students in Ontario with permanent physical (mobility) disabilities.
Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) for students with special circumstances - If you have a permanent disability, you could be eligible for grants and bursaries in addition to an OSAP loan.
Tips and Resources for students with a learning disability.
National Educational Association for Disabled Students- links to disability centres at Canadian colleges and universities.
Post-Secondary Supports for students with autism.
Kerry's Place Funding Options Workshop and Working Session- Alliston
This FREE Funding Options and information Workshop from Kerry's Place will focus on a comprehensive overview of Autism related funding available in Ontario.
York Hills Centre for Children, Youth and Families Walk-In Counselling Clinics- Richmond Hill
All efforts are made to accommodate everyone, however high demand may require you return another day.
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