General Post-Secondary Transition Planning Supports
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- Student Accessibility Services (SAS) – Recommended Resources
- Documentation Guidelines
- Register for Student Accessibility Services at Brock
Summer Transition Programs
- 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 Conference
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
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.
- FITA – Personal Counselling Support
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.
FITA Application Form
- How to Apply for Accessibility Services at Niagara
- Documentation Guidelines
- Accessibility Services Support Guide
Roy Cooper Memorial Scholarship
The Learning Disabilities Association of Ontario offers a $1,000 scholarship award in memory of Roy V. Cooper, who volunteered for over 30 years as a board member of his local chapter in Ottawa, as a board member of LDAO and LDAC, and as a mentor to individuals with LD and/or their families in the areas of self-advocacy and assistive technology.