Students with Disabilities
The transition from secondary school to college
The transition from secondary school to college represents a challenge for all students in that it calls for increased autonomy and initiative. As a student, you must plan your own educational path, set your priorities and organize your own activities.
If you live with a disability, it is even more important for you to be well informed about the means available to help you meet that challenge. While there are college services for the entire student body, specific accommodation measures can also be established to enable students with disabilities to meet their needs.
The Ministère acts in accordance with the Act to Secure Handicapped Persons in the Exercise of Their Rights with a View to Achieving Social, School and Workplace Integration . This Act defines the “handicapped person” as “a person with a deficiency causing a significant and persistent disability, who is liable to encounter barriers in performing everyday activities.”
The policy Equals in Every Respect: Because Rights Are Meant to Be Exercised stipulates that a disability may be motor, intellectual, related to speech or language, visual, auditory or associated with other senses. It may also relate to organic disorders or other problems, such as autism spectrum disorders, mental disorders, learning disorders or an attention-deficit disorder with or without hyperactivity.
In the matter of equal rights, section 10 of the Québec Charter of Human Rights and Freedoms stipulates that all institutions are required to provide support for students with disabilities. You are entitled to support throughout your postsecondary studies, and knowing the services available to you from the outset can help you to successfully complete your education.