With the support of JIBC’s Disability Services, all students can pursue their educational goals with dignity, independence and full participation within the JIBC community.
Many students with disabilities say they want to try to succeed in a postsecondary program on their own without any help, even when they’re having a rough time. Often, it’s only after students struggle in class and seek out the Manager of Student Learning Supports and Disability Resources that they find they’re able to succeed.
The manager can meet with you to talk about creating an Academic Accommodations Agreement, applying and accessing disability-related supports and funding, and accessing assistive technology and alternative text formats.
The Manager can also help you navigate disability-related supports in the community and connect with your instructors to help advocate for your unique needs.
If you have a disability or think you may have a disability that affects your learning, contact the Manager of Student Learning Supports and Disability Resources.
It’s best to contact the manager before starting your studies at the JIBC. But, you can always reach out at any time while you’re enrolled at JIBC.
JIBC’s policy, Accommodation of Students with Disabilities, details the steps you need to take to officially register with the Manager of Student Learning Supports and Disability Resources. Once you’re registered, then we can formally help.
Yes! The information you share with the Manager of Student Learning Supports and Disability Resources about your disability is STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL.
Your disability and information are not shared with any staff or faculty unless you would like it to be. And legally, the manager cannot share any information about your disability with a prospective employer or recruiter unless you have given them explicit written consent to do so.
Academic Accommodations are supports within the classroom and testing environment that work with your strengths. They are designed to help you be able to do your best work.
Some examples of Academic Accommodations include extra time during a test for a student with a learning disability or taking a test in a separate quiet room for a student with ADHD. Typically, once a student develops an Academic Accommodations Agreement, they often say they wish they had done so sooner.
First, you’ll need to initiate contact with the Manager of Student Learning Supports and Disability Resources. The manager will work with you to determine which services you are eligible for and assist you in setting up an Academic Accommodation Agreement.
Documentation of your disability from a qualified professional (medical doctor, psychologist etc.) is required to obtain academic accommodations. More specific information regarding documentation is listed on the Resources for Students with Disabilities page.
In addition to Academic Accommodations in the classroom, there are other supports and resources that you might be able to access. These resources include alternative format text and assistive technology. You might even qualify for funding for this equipment as well as for tutoring, interpretation services, etc.
The Manager of Student Learning Supports and Disability Resources is also able to help advocate and communicate with your instructors.
Supports are determined on an individual basis so, as an individual with a disability, your voice and knowledge of what works for you are integral to the process of setting up your accommodations.
We’ve supported students with many disabilities including learning disabilities, ADHD, visual impairments, chronic health conditions, mental health conditions, autism, brain injuries, etc.
The Justice Institute of British Columbia, like other post-secondary institutions in Canada, has a legal “duty to accommodate” students with disabilities.
This means that JIBC is dedicated to ensuring that students with disabilities have access to academic accommodations that make their coursework more accessible provided that the accommodations do not cause “undue hardship” on the Institute.
Learn More about Resources for Students with Disabilities