Accessibility Transition Program

water colour with Accessibility Transition Program and students

Our accessibility transition program (ATP) consists of 2 FREE programs which are designed to introduce students registering with Student Accessibility Services (SAS) to available services and supports, skill development workshops, and the opportunity to get a jump start on connecting with peers and the SAS Team. Students can register in one or both programs.

Not registered with SAS?

Please complete the Self Identification form and someone from SAS will be in touch with you.

PARTICIPATION IN ATP: LAUNCH:

In the past

Typically, ATP: Launch is open to students attending Nipissing University from high school; transferring from another post-secondary institution or returning Lakers registering with SAS for the first time. 

ATP: Launch 2022

The programming for ATP: Launch 2022 will differ from previous years to give upper-year SAS students, who did not attend campus between Spring 2020 and now, the opportunity to take advantage of SAS transition supports.

SAS is planning interactive events, information sessions and fun activities both in-person and virtually.

Please take a moment to complete this short survey, by clicking on the image below.  Then, monitor your Nipissing email for more details over the coming months.

Claire from Nipissing University Accessibility Services

Claire, Accessibility Consultant

Specializes in Physical, Mobility, Sensory, and Temporary Disabilities. Responsible for the confidentiality of any disability-related documentation. Assess the need for academic accommodations based on the disability-related documentation. Develop individualized accommodation plans that provide essential services, technology, and/or supports. A little about me… Nipissing Alumna, Class of 2012. After circling the globe for two years, I hung up my backpack and planted some roots in North Bay. When I'm not behind the reception desk, I love eating exotic cuisines, getting lost in a good book, and researching my next great adventure.

Mike from Student Accessibility Services at Nipissing University

Mike, Accessibility Consultant

Specializes in assisting students with Learning Disabilities, ADHD, and ASD. Responsible for the confidentiality of any disability-related documentation. Assess the need for academic accommodations based on the disability-related documentation. Develop individualized accommodation plans that provide essential services, technology, and/or supports. A little about me… I am a proud Nipissing alum, graduating in 1990 with a BA and BEd. I began teaching at Canadore College in 1991 but also worked in the areas of program and curriculum development and disability services. I moved over to Nipissing in 1998 as a learning strategist in a province-wide research project which focused on developing best practices for the support of students with learning disabilities in post-secondary education. I also continued to teach a student success course at Nipissing on a part-time basis. I found my passion while working with learners through Student Accessibility Services, and I am so lucky to have had the opportunity to make this my life's work.

Angela from Student Accessibility Services

Angela, Accessibility Consultant

Specializes in assisting students with Mental Health and ADHD. Responsible for the confidentiality of any disability-related documentation. Assess the need for academic accommodations based on the disability-related documentation. Develop individualized accommodation plans that provide essential services, technology, and/or supports. A little about me… Dancing my way through life, while raising my family in my hometown. I love to garden, camp, ski, golf and travel with my family. I am a teacher, an advocate and a supporter of equal access for all.

Lori from Student Accessibility Services

Lori, Secretary

Responsible for appointment bookings, general emails, gathering statistics, administrative work. A little about me.... I am a proud Nipissing alum, Class of 1995 Growing up in North Bay I have developed a fondness for Northern Ontario, and all the beauty it brings to us. I love spending time with my family and friends. I also enjoy gardening, spending time outdoors, listening to music, and travelling. The best part of working at Nipissing University is interacting with the students and working with a great team. I look forward to seeing you come through the doors here at SAS and welcoming you to campus!

Lynn, Student Accessibility Officer

Responsible for the administration, implementation, and quality control of disability-related accommodations, including Testing and Notetaking Services. A little about me… I come to North Bay via Kapuskasing with stops in Waterloo for university and Toronto for work. My partner and I have experienced life in other communities but returned to North Bay to raise our family. Through travelling, I have come to appreciate different parts of the world and I am proud to see the world coming to us here at Nipissing where we can share our beautiful campus, dedicated faculty and nationally top-ranked Student Development Services. As an SAO, I have the privilege of being part of our students’ academic and personal journeys. I love being part of the SAS team! Welcome to Nipissing. Welcome to the family.

Patti from Student Accessibility Services

Patti, Student Accessibility Officer

Responsible for the administration, implementation, and quality control of disability-related accommodations, including Testing and Notetaking Services. A little about me… Raised in North Bay and a proud Nipissing BEd Alum, I am happy to be able to work in a town I really call home! I imagine one day travelling to New Zealand to hike within the National Parks, but until then I will enjoy the nature and ski hills North Bay has to offer. Coming to work at Nipissing after years of teaching has been a great transition. It has allowed me to work in an environment where I feel I can contribute to a student's positive and successful Nipissing University career and enjoy each day in the SAO office! See you soon!

Paul from Student Accessibility Services

Paul, Adaptive Technology Technician

Provides access and training on assistive technology and is responsible for the provision of alternate format textbooks. A little about me… I was a Geographer and GIS Specialist who gravitated toward learning and teaching new technology for our projects. The opportunity to learn and teach University students new technologies was too good to pass up. I enjoy camping and being active. I play hockey, run, X & A ski, and canoe with and without my 3 awesome kids and loving wife. I came to North Bay from Cochrane, ON and am a proud Nipissing Alum.

Introduction to SAS

Learn what services Student Accessibility Services has to offer and how they can help you succeed during university. 

Advocacy Training

Learn how to apply both self-awareness and communication skills to help you succeed and address situations. 

Put your self-advocacy skill to the test with different ‘what if’ scenarios. Answers included. 

STRESS MANAGEMENT 

Stress affects us all. Read further to find a toolbox full of personal learning skills, including some routines and relaxation techniques, to help you through your Nipissing University journey.  

Time Management

Prepare for a university-level course load and work by reviewing and learning time management skills. 

On and Off Campus Resources

Access to many on and off campus resources that you may find useful during your time studying at Nipissing.  

 

Creating Positive Workspaces

Regarless of how you access your education now, creating a positive workspace will always be important.