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This guide has been created by the Regional Assessment and Resource Centre (RARC). RARC provides accurate and comprehensive assessments and follow-up services to post-secondary students with Learning Disabilities, ADHD, and ASD. RARC provides these services to students at Queen’s University and St. Lawrence College in Kingston, Ontario and at other institutions across Southern Ontario. For more information about RARC or their services, visit www.queensu.ca/rarc.

The Purpose of the Guide

This guide is a way for students with disabilities to arm themselves with knowledge they need to access resources at college and university and to make a successful transition from secondary to post-secondary school.

It is aimed to support students as they make the transition in two ways. The Resources section of the guide outlines important information about how students with disabilities are supported at post-secondary school. The information is general to all publicly funded colleges and universities in Ontario, is intended to help students and their families know what to expect as they prepare for the transition to post-secondary.

The Colleges and Universities sections provide more detailed information regarding the specific information and available services at post-secondary schools in Ontario. The information in this section has been compiled from websites and key personnel at post-secondary institutions, with links and contact information provided for students who would like more information on any item.

The Disabilities section provides post-secondary transition information that is specific to different disabilities, such as common concerns and struggles, available accessibility services, and potential student support services.  

This guide is meant as a starting point for potential students as they prepare for post-secondary school and research the different schools that will meet their individual needs. Students are encouraged to continue to research their preferred colleges and universities in more depth, and to visit their campuses before making a final decision.