Academic Accommodation for Postsecondary Students with Mental Health Disabi...

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This webinar will present findings and recommendations from a three-year Ministry-funded research project, jointly undertaken by researchers at Queen’s University and St. Lawrence College. The project focused on academic accommodations in the postsecondary sector for students with mental health problems. The webinar will focus on the project’s three key deliverables:

  1. Recommendations regarding accommodations: these fourteen recommendations deal with documentation standards and guidelines, functional limitations as the basis for accommodation, temporary accommodations, retroactive accommodations, the roles of the Office for Students with Disabilities, etc. The Functional Limitations Assessment Form developed as part of the project will also be discussed
  2. Information and training for students, faculty, access/disability advisors, student leaders and administrators, on how best to accommodate post-secondary students with mental health disabilities
  3. An information and resourcehandbook for students with mental health disabilities

In addition, please join us after the webinar (2:30 - 3:00 pm EDT) for an exciting 30-minute panel discussion with representatives from Ontario and BC to reflect on the implications of the new recommendations for practice and students. From Ontario, we will be joined by a representative from the Ontario Inter-University Disability Association (IDIA) as well as the Ontario College Committee on Disability Issues (CCDI). From British Columbia, panelists will include the VP Academic from the University of British Columbia Student Union (UBC AMS). The other panelist is still being confirmed. Check back for more details in the coming weeks!

Key learnings

  • Learn about the findings from a Ontario-wide study on the challenges of accommodating students with mental health problems and their implications for postsecondary institutions.
  • Learn about the importance (from both the professional practice and human rights perspectives) of focusing on functional limitations rather than on diagnoses in developing accommodations
  • Review recommendations regarding challenging accommodation requests (temporary accommodations, retroactive accommodations, fieldwork) and how to handle these
  • Review information and training resources for students and faculty


Michael Condra Ph.D., Recently Retired Director, Health, Counselling and Disability Services, Quenn's University

This webinar was a pan-provincial collaboration with Healthy Minds | Healthy Campuses, CMHA BC.

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The Ask the Experts webinar series is a collaboration with the Centre for Innovation in Campus Mental Health, CAMH HPRC and EENet

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