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Step 2: Meet Your ALC Consultant

If the Accessible Learning Centre (ALC) determines you are eligible for support after reviewing your registration form and documentation, we will email your @mylaurier email address about meeting with an ALC consultant.

The information below will help you prepare for your first meeting.

What to Expect

The meeting will last between 1 and 1 ½ hours.

You may invite a support person (e.g., parent, partner, friend or support worker) to attend this meeting with you. However, the ALC consultant will speak directly to you about your experiences and your needs. ALC consultants cannot discuss your accommodation or support needs with anyone except you.

Your ALC consultant will ask you questions about:

  • Your strengths and challenges as a student.
  • How your disability affects you at school and your learning.
  • Your past experience with using academic accommodations.
  • Other supports you are accessing on or off-campus.
  • Your academic program, its requirements and your academic plan (e.g., full or part time studies).
  • Practicum, placement or fieldwork requirements, if applicable.

Once this information is collected, the ALC consultant will discuss with you the services and accommodations that may or may not be appropriate for your specific needs. Together, you will finalize your support and accommodation plan.

Essential Information Email

After your meeting, your ALC consultant will email you with essential information about managing your support and accommodation plan. Keep this email for future reference. This email will include:

Accommodation Plans

Accommodation plans:

  • May be ongoing or temporary depending on your disability and the documentation submitted.
  • State the academic accommodations and supports the University will provide.
  • Are individualized to each student based on their personal experience and documentation.
  • Indicate student responsibilities for managing their accommodations.
  • Do not guarantee academic success.
  • Do not remove, reduce or modify essential course or program requirements.

Graduate Students

ALC recognizes that graduate studies often includes independent research, thesis development and writing, fieldwork and placements. These activities may require accommodations different from those typically used in undergraduate programs.

In addition to documentation and meeting with you, the ALC consultant may also consult with graduate faculty and supervisors and the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies when developing accommodation plans for graduate students.