Student Accessibility Services: Using the Supports Available to You

I came to Nipissing University with an informal Individualized Education Plan (IEP).  When I arrived, I had no idea where to go to access the supports and services similar to what I had used at my high school.  I’m here to tell you that I found everything I needed in all of the WONDERFUL staff in Student Accessibility Services!

Nipissing has three accessibility consultants who focus on different disability types and know how best to support the students they work with. For myself,  I have a physical disability that requires me to have some special accommodations in the classroom, for testing and exams, and in my clinical placement as a nursing student. All of this was setup through my accessibility consultant and provided to my professors, thus making it super simple for me to focus on school, and not the additional background details!

Although the transition from my high school environment to my university environment could have been something that presented me with a challenge, it was far from that. When I attended my first day of classes as a Laker, my reserved seating was waiting for me so I didn’t have the anxiety of finding just the right seat. As part of my accommodations I also write my tests and exams in the Testing Centre located in B210. Doing so allows me to have my own private room that has adjustable lighting to help me on my bad days.

If it wasn’t for all of the supports that Nipissing has to offer I don’t think I would be as successful as I am! If you are a student with a disability of any kind looking to study at Nipissing I strongly encourage you to contact Student Accessibility Services!

-McKenna