Disability Services

disability resources

JIBC is committed to providing a safe, inclusive and accessible environment for students with disabilities. A disability may include any long term or recurring mobility, hearing, visual, learning disability, or a mental and physical health condition which affects learning.

Disability Services works with faculty and staff to remove structural and attitudinal barriers in order to ensure that students with disabilities have access to resources and opportunities, allowing them to pursue educational goals with dignity, independence and full participation within the JIBC community.

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What should I do if I have a disability?

First, check out the JIBC’s policy regarding accommodation of students with disabilities.  This policy details the steps you need to take to officially register with the Manager of Student Learning Supports and Disability Resources.  The Manager of Student Learning Supports and Disability Resources can help you access disability-related supports and funding, alternative format texts and assistive technology, and create an Academic Accommodation plan that will set you up for success.  The Manager of Student Learning Supports and Disability Resources can also help you navigate disability-related supports in the community and connect with your instructors to help advocate for your unique needs.  It’s best if you contact the Manager before you start your studies at the JIBC.  But, of course, you can always contact the Manager at any time during your enrollment at the JIBC.

But I’m afraid of telling someone because I’m afraid other people will find out.

Many students with disabilities worry about disclosing their disability.  They fear that disclosing this information will result in a note on their record that will follow them forever.  They worry about this information following them as they apply for competitive jobs as first responders.  The information about your disability that you share with the Manager of Student Learning Supports and Disability Resources is confidential.  Your specific disability is not shared with any other staff or faculty unless you would like it to be.  Legally, the Manager cannot share any information about your disability with a perspective employer or recruiter unless you have given them explicit written consent to do so.  

Why should I disclose my disability as a student at the JIBC?

Many students with disabilities say they want to try to succeed in a postsecondary program on their own, without any help.  Many time, it’s only after they struggle in class that they seek out the Manager of Student Learning Supports and Disability Resources.  The Manager can meet with you to talk more about creating an Academic Accommodations Agreement, applying for funding, and accessing assistive technology and alternative text formats.

Academic Accommodations are supports within the classroom and testing environment that work with your strengths, so that you can do your best work.  Some examples of Academic Accommodations include extra time during a test for a student with a Learning Disability, or taking a test in a separate quiet room for a student with ADHD.  Typically, once a student develops an academic accommodations agreement, they often say they wish they had done so sooner.   

In addition to Academic Accommodations in the classroom, there are other supports and resources that you might be able to access.  These resources include alternative format text and assitive technology.  You might qualify for funding for this equipment as well as tutoring, interpretation services, etc.

The Manager of Student Learning Supports and Disabilty Resources can also help you advocate and communicate with your instructors.

Please look over these JIBC policies for more information.  And please see links to other disability-related resources below.

Assistive Technology and Alternative Formats

Postsecondary Funding through Student Aid BC

Disability Advocacy

Employment Supports and Programs for People with Disabilities

For more information on specific disabilities, check out these links:

Here are some news articles about First Responders who have disabilities.

The "duty to accommodate."

The Justice Institute of BC, like other postsecondary institutions in Canada, has a legal “duty to accommodate” students with disabilities.  This means that the JIBC is dedicated to ensuring that students with disabilities have access to academic accommodations that make their coursework more accessible provided that the accommodations do not cause “undue hardship” on the Institute.  Supports are determined on an individual basis so, as an individual with a disability, your voice and knowledge of what works for you is integral to the process of setting up your accommodations.  We’ve supported students with many disabilities including learning disabilities, ADHD, visual impairments, chronic health conditions, mental health conditions, autism, brain injuries, etc.

Academic Accommodation

It is best that you advise the JIBC of your disability when you register. It is your responsibility to initiate contact with the Manager of Student Learning Supports and Disability Resources who will work with you to determine the services for which you are eligible and to assist you in setting up an Academic Accommodation Agreement.

Documentation of your disability from a qualified healthcare professional (medical Doctor, Psychologist etc.) is required to obtain academic accommodations.  Please see the policy below for more specifics regarding documentation of your disability.

If you have a disability or think you may have a disability that affects your learning, contact the Manager of Student Learning Supports and Disability Resources.

Useful Documents

Faculty and Staff Resources

This free online course will help you gain practical information and knowledge to help you better understand how to create an inclusive campus and support all students.  Tips for universal design principles can be used in the classroom to make coursework more accessible.

Supporting Students with Disabilities Online Course

Last updated January 12, 2019