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Welcome to our site for postsecondary students!

This site will introduce you to tools and strategies that can help with everyday tasks from reading and writing to planning and studying.

The videos are a good place to start - we developed these specifically for college and university students, with the help of learning experts and students just like you. Hint: if this all sounds new to you, watch the Overview video first!

Preparing for college or university?

Our "Transition" area has resources and tips to help you get ready for the transition from high school to postsecondary education. Then have a look at the videos and other resources on this site for information about tools and apps you might want to try.

Want to speak with someone?

Click on any of the logos below in the Postsecondary Institutions section to go to that institution's student services department.

 

 

Ottawa area Postsecondary Institutions

Get Support

NEADS EdLink is the most comprehensive Canadian directory of college and university disability service providers and links to service centre websites, with listings from coast to coast. Each entry provides current contact information for service providers at Canadian post-secondary institutions. The links to disability centre websites allow access to detailed information on accommodations, physical access, services and supports.

https://www.neads.ca/en/norc/edlink/

Video Resources

Overview

Postsecondary Video Series

Tools for Reading

Postsecondary Video Series

Tools for Writing & Editing

Postsecondary Video Series

Mind Mapping Tools

Postsecondary Video Series

Tools for Note-taking

Postsecondary Video Series

Tools for Time Management

Postsecondary Video Series

Resources

Resources: Assistive Technology

Resources: General

NEADS National Education Association of Disabled Students offers wonderful resources.

NEADS advocates for increased accessibility at all levels so that disabled students may gain equal access to college or university education, which is their right. The Association provides information on services and programs for students with disabilities nationwide, publishes a regular newsletter, and conducts research on issues of importance to its members.

Resources: Learning Disabilities

  • Youth2youth is a great site created by students with Learning Disabilities for students transitioning into post-secondary education: understand your learning disabilities, know your legal rights for accommodation, be your own advocate and more!
    www.youth2youth.ca
  • The Adaptech Research Network consists of a team of academics, students and consumers based at Dawson College in Montreal. They conduct research involving college and university students with a variety of disabilities in Canada.
    www.adaptech.org
  • IDIA, Inter-University Disability Issues Association, is an association of disability service providers from Universities throughout Ontario. Working together, Universities can share ideas and strategies to overcome issues and problems, allowing students with disabilities across Ontario to succeed in post-secondary education.
    http://www.idia.ca/web/
  • College Committee on Disability Issues / Comité collegial en besoins particuliers The CCDI mission is to promote and provide quality leadership in the development and delivery of support services to students with disabilities, in order to enhance educational opportunity and student success, foster the college communities' awareness of and support for persons with disabilities, while promoting partnerships among students, program departments and support service departments.
    http://www.disabilityissues.ca/
  • The University of Washington has an extensive collection of videos on a variety of topics related to individuals with disabilities accessing curriculum, using technology, and pursuing challenging careers:
    http://www.washington.edu/doit/Video/
  • This is a fantastic site Canadian about Attention Deficit Disorder with great video clips – makes you laugh, but gives you great information too.
    http://www.totallyadd.com/totallyadd-loving-it-trailer/

Resources: Learning Strategies

Learning Strategies are different techniques and approaches to help the learning process. Your choice of strategies should reflect your own strengths and weaknesses. Learning strategies can help with all aspects of learning: reading, understanding, writing, memorizing, organizing, studying or test taking. You may find some of the following websites helpful:

Tools and Training

Software

"How To" Guides and Training

Coming Soon!

Kurzweil and Dragon Training Videos

James McEachern, B.A., B.Ed. Adaptive Technologist, Student Services Georgian College, Orillia Campus provides AT training videos accessible via YouTube:

Transitioning to Postsecondary Education

There are many things you need to consider in preparing for post secondary education, especially if you may need extra learning support.  Follow these tips to get off to a good start:

  1. Create and follow a transition plan.
  2. Clearly understand your learning challenges and strengths and how to articulate your needs to others.
  3. If you have a learning disability, know your legal rights regarding academic accommodations for lectures, assignments, test taking, etc. and practice asking for accommodations with a coach.
  4. Learn and master learning strategies that work for you: time management, note taking, reading, writing, study skills, exam taking, etc.
  5. Assistive technology (AT) can be used in combination with learning strategies—find out what AT works for you and practice using it before you start school.
  6. Get organized. Create a course calendar, colour code your notebooks, preview your textbooks, etc.
  7. One of the best ways students can get a sense of what to expect when beginning a post-secondary program is to talk with people who have first-hand experience in such programs. Enroll in one of many Transition Programs available in many parts of the country, that offers students the opportunity to gather information on the post-secondary experience.
  8. Visit the Student Support Centres - get to know the support staff and what they have to offer (tutors, workshops, counseling, etc.)
  9. Learn how to truly relax and manage stress - and remember to plan FUN into your schedule!

Help improve our content

Your help to improve and add content to this site is appreciated. Your organization will be given credit for all contributions you want to share: tip sheets, training manuals, websites, etc.

Please send your contributions and ideas to:

Lee-Ann Scott
Director, Ottawa Volunteers in Education, Ottawa Network for Education
900 Morrison Drive, Suite 205
Ottawa, Ontario K2H 8K7
Tel: 613-366-3085 ext. 253
lscott@onfe-rope.ca