Jennifer Keeping Centre for Accessible Learning

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At Cape Breton University, we believe that each and every student should receive the same high-quality education. If you’re a student with a disability, you’ll find all the services you need to get the most out of your classes at the Jennifer Keeping Centre.

At the Jennifer Keeping Centre, you’ll find a variety of accommodations based on your disability.

To receive accommodations from the Jennifer Keeping Centre, students must register each semester.

Please make an appointment by calling 902-563-1208 or emailing

Am I eligible?

If you have a medically documented disability, you could be eligible for services related to your disability. Eligible disabilities include:

  • learning disabilities
  • visual disabilities
  • hearing disabilities
  • speech disabilities
  • neurological disabilities
  • mobility disabilities
  • mental health conditions
  • chronic illnesses

Please note: you must provide documentation from a qualified health practitioner to receive these services. Please see the Student Responsibilities page for more information.

Who was Jennifer Keeping?

Jennifer Keeping began her academic career in 1995 at Cape Breton University as one of only a handful of visually impaired students. Jennifer is still remembered as an exceptional individual with a gift for blending two critical elements: outstanding people skills and a sophisticated appreciation for the flexibility and innovation needed to be successful in a post-secondary learning environment.

Despite her visual impairment, Jennifer’s determination and drive in the face of great challenges has been a source of inspiration to all who knew her. It was through Jennifer that we recognized we needed to do more for students with disabilities. Unfortunately, Jennifer passed away before graduating, but her degree was awarded posthumously.

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