The Learning Disabilities Association of Niagara Region provides resources and support for individuals affected by learning disabilities.
Summer Transition Programs
1. SMART Start Orientation
Smart Start is Brock’s academic orientation program for all incoming first-year students. Smart Start students can meet with Student Accessibility Services by indicating that they have a disability and selecting the appropriate disability type on the registration form.
SAS offers the opportunity to meet with staff to discuss services, and review accessibility and technology needs.
Strategies is a 2-day, workshop-based transition program designed specifically for students with a learning disability.
Conference includes: overnight stay in residence, self-advocacy discussions, academic and time management strategies, introduction to assistive technology and how to use it, and an introduction to university teaching and learning elements.
Mindful Transitions is a workshop-based program designed specifically for students with a disability to provide an introduction to university life.
1 day program includes: tips for academic success, coping with stress and anxiety in the university environment, personalized campus tours; and an overview of Brock’s online student systems.
2-day program includes: overnight stay in residence, self advocacy discussions, academic and time management strategies, an introduction to university teaching and learning elements, personalized campus tours, and coping with stress.
From Intention to Action (FITA) is a counselling program run by Brock University, Student Wellness and Accessibility Centre. FITA, developed out of Carleton University, is a structured intervention that is geared towards assisting overwhelmed students cope with stress, study effectively, and maintain a healthy life balance. Within the program, students participate in a psychological assessment which evaluates their personal adjustment, personality, study habits and academic achievement. The assessment also screens for mental health concerns. Students are provided with a feedback session to review the results of the assessment and to develop a recommended plan of action. Subsequently, 12 weekly one-on-one, 1-hour meetings with a counsellor commence.
FITA Counsellors can assist with: mental health concerns, learning strategies, time management, stress management, coping skills, educational planning, decreasing test anxiety and goal setting.
General Post-Secondary Transition Planning Supports
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