Student Accommodations

Leveling the field

A disability can make university challenging in ways that the average person never considers. At Cape Breton University, we support adjustments being made so the disability never stands in the way of learning—and living—comfortably. After all, we want all of our students to have an excellent chance of achieving success.

If you’re a student living with a disability, accommodations can help you overcome the same everyday challenges we all encounter, using different methods to do so.

How we can help

At Cape Breton University, the Jennifer Keeping Centre offers a wide range of services and accommodations designed to make university life and learning easier for students with disabilities. These services and accommodations include:

Class accommodations

Note-takers: If you have a disability or impairment that makes it difficult to take notes, our trained note-takers can help. We also have scribes for exam purposes.

Alternate format texts and assignments: Need large print texts or printed overheads? We can format textbooks to be used by Kurzweil, a speech to text software popular with people who have trouble reading.

Tape recorders: Tape recorders can be used in class only with the permission of the instructor or professor. The centre can provide the equipment you need to record in your classes.

Preferential seating: Is your impairment making it hard to see the text being presented? We can arrange to seat you up front.

Sign language interpreters: Interpreters are available for those with hearing and speech impairments.

Test and exam accommodations

Alternate format tests and exams: We can have your tests and exams printed in large font or conducted orally, depending on your needs.

Extended testing period: If you have a disability that impairs your ability to take your exams within the regularly allotted time period, we may be able to extend the test or exam time.

Proctor services and alternative scheduling: Depending on your disability, we may be able to provide you with exam supervision in a quiet area separate from your regular class. We may also be able to schedule your exam at a different time.

Use of technology and other aids: If you’re a student with a disability, we may allow you to use a laptop for essay questions, or a closed circuit television to increase font size. Available in certain classrooms only.

Readers: If you have a visual impairment, we can provide an assistant who will read test materials to you.

Other accommodations

Reduced course load: If you’re a student with a disability, two courses per term constitute full-time status. This is important when applying for financial assistance.

Tutors: Experiencing difficulty in your coursework? Consider one of our tutors. Our tutors can be students who have performed well in that course in previous years, or an individual with a Bed who can help you with your coursework.

Educational Assistants: BEds who can meet with the student once per week to offer advice, time management and course counselling.

Educational Attendants: Individuals, who can assist students getting to and from class, take notes and assist them with attending activities on campus.

Parking: Reserved parking is available.

Requesting accommodations

You must meet with the manager of the centre if you’d like to request accommodations. Book an appointment.

After meeting with the manager, you’ll be asked to fill out a Student Accommodation Request Form or a Scribe/Proctor Request Form, depending on your needs.

Ken Bickerton
Manager of Accessible Learning and Student Transition

Office: B104

Phone: 563.1121

Edwenna Campbell
Assistant, Jennifer Keeping AccessAbility Centre

Office: B101

Phone: 902.563.1208