Concordia University

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Our mission and statistics

Mission Statement:

The Access Centre for Students with Disabilities reduces barriers to academic participation in the University, raises awareness about students with disabilities and engages in community-building to further promote an inclusive environment at Concordia.

Vision Statement:

The ACSD is working to create structures, supports, procedures and strategic alliances & partnerships such that the academic experience of a student registered with the ACSD closely mirrors the academic experience of a non-ACSD registered student of the University.  Our vision is a University community where students are recognized for the unique compliment of skills and abilities that they possess, and where every aspect of the University is accessible to all its students.

Values Statement:
  • We believe human variation is natural and vital in the development of dynamic communities.
  • We believe disability is a social/political construct that includes people with a variety of conditions who are bound together by common experiences.
  • We believe inclusion and full participation are a matter of social justice.
  • We believe good design is essential for achieving inclusion and full participation.
  • We believe creating usable, equitable, sustainable, and inclusive environments is a shared responsibility
Access for individual students

We offer a digital conversion service (e-text) for textbooks and course packs and offer one-on-one meetings with advisors who assist students to develop skills of self-advocacy as they move through their degrees. Disability-specific learning strategy support is also offered to individuals where needed.  

Recognizing the value of small group sessions to enable students connect to each other as a community, to support and learn from each other, we run workshops on various topics related to specific disability conditions, access technology, and on effective ways to use the resources available.

Access in the classroom

We work collaboratively with professors to provide students with course materials in alternate formats, assistance with materials in the classroom, and the ability to write exams under accommodated conditions if necessary. 

Physical access on campus

We collaborate with Facilities Management, Office of the Registrar, Environmental Health and Safety and the Security Department, among others, to facilitate access to the various buildings on both campuses.

Statistics

Here are the statistics for students registered with the ACSD for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Disability Category

Number of Students

% of total

Hearing Impairment

31

1.1%

Motor Impairment

137

4.9%

Multiple Impairments

657

23.6%

Medical Conditions

272

9.8%

Visual Impairments

30

1%

Language Disorder

25

0.9%

Learning Disability

369

13.3%

Attention Deficit Disorder

545

19.6%

Autism Spectrum Disorder

63

2.3%

Mental Health Conditions

654
23.5%

TOTAL

2783

100%

L’Association Québécoise interuniversitaire des conseillers aux étudiants en situation de handicap annually compiles statistics on the students registered with Disability Services offices in universities in Quebec. Find copies of their reports here

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