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Prospective Students

Student Accessibility Services can arrange for learning and/or testing accommodations based on your needs. In addition, our staff will assist faculty in meeting your in-class learning and accessibility needs.

If you have concerns about the demands of university life, especially academic demands, you can meet with an Accessibility Consultant and together you can work on strategies to help solve learning challenges and/or manage your work load. In addition, our annual Summer Transition Program (STP) is a program specifically designed to ease the transition of new students with disabilities to the services and resources available at Nipissing University and the North Bay community.

Self Identification Form

In order to better meet the needs of students with disabilities at Nipissing University, this ​early identification and information form is made available for you to facilitate early communication with the Student Accessibility Services Office.

This information is collected according to the following principles:

  1. Participant identification is voluntary.
  2. If you choose to identify yourself, all information is CONFIDENTIAL to Student Accessibility Services and cannot be released without your permission.
  3. Identification will not affect your admission status.

Please complete the Self Identification Form and forward it to Diane Sheldon (​) or fax to 705-495-2850.

The purpose of requesting this information is to assist the Student Accessibility Services Office to make early accommodations or arrange special services if requested by a student with a disability.

Documentation Requirements

Documentation of your disability must be current and must include:

  • A specific diagnostic statement from a qualified healthcare professional clearly identifying the nature of your disability
  • A description of the functional limitations of your disability and how these limitations may impact your academics
  • Recommendations for specific academic accommodations which appropriately address the identified functional limitations

Examples of qualified healthcare professionals include, but are not limited to: physician/medical specialist, ophthalmologist, certified audiologist, psychiatrist, registered clinical psychologist, neurologist, neuropsychologist, physiotherapist, etc.

In addition, disability specific documentation requirements include:

Learning Disability **

A psycho-educational assessment completed by registered psychologist is required. The student must be an adult (at least 16 years of age) at the time of the assessment; the assessment must contain a clear and conclusive diagnostic statement of a learning disability; and the assessment can be no more than five (5) years old.


A report completed by a qualified healthcare professional with experience in the diagnosis of ADHD as well as in the treatment of adolescents and adults with ADHD is required.

Deaf, Deafened, Hard of Hearing

An audiologist report is requested.

Low vision, Blind

An ophthalmologist report is requested.

Medical or Physical Condition

A specific diagnostic statement from a qualified healthcare professional* is requested.

Acquired Brain Injury

A formal medical letter or neuropsychological assessment* is requested.

Mental Health

A specific diagnostic statement from a qualified healthcare professional* (preferably family physician, psychologist, or a psychiatrist) is requested.

Autism Spectrum Disorders

A psycho-educational assessment* or formal letter from a family physician, psychologist, or psychiatrist* is required.


A specific diagnostic statement from a qualified healthcare professional* (preferably family physician, psychologist, or a psychiatrist) is requested.


  • * If you do not have appropriate documentation that addresses all of these areas, please have a qualified healthcare provider complete the Medical Documentation Form. This form can also be found on the Forms page on our website.​

  • ** An Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and/or Identification, Placement and Review Committee Report (IPRC) are educational documents, and although they may be helpful to us as they provide insight into the Special Education support you may have had in elementary and secondary school, the IEP and the IPRC Report are not diagnostic healthcare documents and, therefore, they cannot be accepted as valid documentation of a disability.

    If you do have an IEP but no formal documentation of your disability, please attach/forward your IEP and we will contact you for further information.

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