Transition to Post-Secondary Studies
The transition to post-secondary education can be difficult for students with learning difficulties. Students can find it overwhelming navigating services and accommodations, adjusting to a less structured environment with new social groups, not to mention tackling the new classes. Below, you'll find links to useful information for students with LD, ADD, ADHD, and other learning challenges.
Not ready for post secondary school?
1. A gap year;
2. Gaining work experience;
3. Working for school savings!
Selecting a Post-Secondary Institution
When selecting a post-secondary institution to attend there are many factors to consider such as: location, programs, admission requirements, cost, living arrangements, etc. In addition, students with learning difficulties should also consider the following:
Will the institution allow:
1. A reduced or redistributed course load;
2. Payment only for courses taken;
3. Assistance with note taking (access to instructors notes, note takers, etc.)
4. Course waivers or substitutions;
5. Use of a laptop in class.
Does it have:
1. Software (text-to-speech, speech-to-text);
2. Digital textbooks/screen reading software;
3. Support groups.
This information will be updated on a regular basis. Be sure to check back for updates!
Post-Secondary studies can be expensive! Here are some ways to help ease the financial burden:
1. Yukon student financial assistance: http://www.education.gov.yk.ca/student-funding.html;
2. Visit your school’s financial assistance department for information about grants and bursaries;
3. Canada Student Loan for Persons with Disabilities:
4. High school bursaries (see your guidance counselor);
5. Disability Awards: www.disabilityawards.ca;
6. Grant for Services and Equipment for Students with Permanent Disabilities:
7. Labor Market Agreement for Persons with Disabilities:
8. Consider: Parents/Guardians, Grandparents, or RESP’s.
Accommodations and Assessments
Do I Disclose my Learning Difficulties or Not?
Attending a new school, often in a new town, can be a daunting task. Some students are nervous about disclosing a diagnosed learning disability to their school for various reasons. Some students figure they will wait and see what happens. If a student can recognize early when they are struggling, this method can work. Remember if you then choose to disclose your learning disability it can take some time for accommodations to become active.
If you’re starting school in September consider trying the academics until Thanksgiving. At this point, if you’re struggling and need support contact your school’s Office for Students with Disabilities (OSD). This process can take several weeks or months, especially if you require a new assessment.
If you wish to have your accommodations continued immediately, you’ll need to register with your school’s OSD. Contact your school’s OSD before the start of the school term and schedule an intake meeting.
Questions to ask the OSD:
Does the OSD provide:
a. Academic counseling, course selection;
b. Assistance with time management and organization;
c. Assistance with planning, organizing and proofreading essays;
d. Modified exam arrangements;
e. Access to tutors;
f. Support and intervention if needed.
Things to bring:
1. Assessment reports;
2. Individual education plan;
3. Medical documentation, etc.
Remember information you share with the OSD is confidential. You have the right decide who has access to your information (professors, teaching assistants, etc.).
Learn to self-advocate for your needs. For more information on advocacy and self-advocacy please visit our Advocacy tab.
Information on your Transition to Post-Secondary School
Below are a few extra resources worth checking out!
1. Transition Resource Guide: http://www.transitionresourceguide.ca/
2. LDAY Presentation on Transition to Post-Secondary Education:
3. Checklist for your Transition to Post-Secondary Studies (click here!)
Throughout your transition to post-secondary school, LDAY is here to support you and your needs. We can assist and support with assessments, advocacy, tutoring, study skills, financial planning, and many other resources and services. Please contact us if you need assistance with your transition to post-secondary training or education.