STRATEGIES: Transition Success Program for Students with Learning Disabilities
DEADLINE EXTENDED!The registration deadline for the two-day Strategies program July 25-26 has been extended to July 17, 2006. Hurry and get your registrations in fast before time runs out!
- What is STRATEGIES?
- What will I do during STRATEGIES?
- How do I register for STRATEGIES?
- Can my parents and guests attend?
- STRATEGIES Brochure
- IMPORTANT DATES
STRATEGIES is a program offered by Services for Students with disABILITIES designed specifically for first year Brock University students with learning disabilities. The new demands of the post-secondary academic environment are numerous! This program has been created to address the unique challenges faced by students with a learning disablility during the transition to university life. STRATEGIES offers an introductory exposure to university life through skill development workshops beginning with Smart Start orientation and continuing throughout the term. There are two orientation options for you to choose from half-day or two-day conference.
Half-day Agenda STRATEGIES Program
During the afternoon of your Smart Start orientation, STRATEGIES will give you the opportunity to meet with your case manager to review your accessibility needs, discuss your assistive technology needs, explore self-advocacy, and register for courses. Parents are encouraged to attend and learn about the services offered by our office and discuss the specific challenges faced by students with learning disabilities during the transition to university life.
Please note: Services for Students with disABILITIES will not be available Saturday, July 8. There are a limited number of appointments available for Saturday, July 15.Two-day Agenda STRATEGIES Conference
If youre looking for a more hands-on program, in addition to attending the regularly scheduled Smart Start orientation, students are invited to stay overnight in residence and take part in skill development workshops during the second day. This two-day event has been designed to address the specific needs of students with learning disabilities in the post-secondary environment. Parents are welcome to attend and several workshops have been specially designed with them in mind.
Workshop topics include:
- Understanding Your Assessment
- Study Strategies
- Applying for Student Awards and Financial Aid
- Time Management
- Using Assistive Technology
- Panel Discussions presentations by upper year Brock University students with learning disabilities
- And more
Take-part in a full introduction to university life: eat meals in the residence cafeteria, stay in private dorm rooms, get up-close and personal with a variety of lecture halls, seminar rooms, teaching styles and get to know your way around campus.
Choose from two date options:
Tuesday, July 25 Wednesday, July 26
Attendance at the STRATEGIES Conference is FREE for all first year students with learning disabilities that have been offered acceptance to Brock University. Smart Start registration fee of $40 is still required
Registration for Smart Start & STRATEGIES half-day program
- First, choose your Smart Start day. When registering for Smart Start indicate in the checkbox that you are a student with a disabilitiy and need to meet with a Disability Case Manager during your orientation.
- Submit all supporting documentation one week prior to your scheduled Smart Start and STRATEGIES half-day visit.
- First, choose your Smart Start day, either July 18th or July 25th. When registering for Smart Start indicate in the checkbox that you are a student with a disabilitiy and need to meet with a Disability Case Manager during your orientation.
- Once you have completed the Smart Start registration send the following information to Services for Students with disABILITIES via email:
- Student number
- Contact Information
- Conference date selected
- Number of parents attending
Parents are welcome to attend both STRATEGIES half-day and two-day STRATEGIES Conference. Several workshops have been specially designed with parents in mind. Learn about the services offered by Services for Students with disABILITIES, discuss the specific challenges faced by students with learning disabilities, and gain knowledge of how you can empower your student through their transition to university life.
- There are no additional costs for the half-day program.
- Please notify the department of the exact number of guest joining the student at the STRATEGIES Conference when registering (see above registration information).
- Parents wishing to attend the two-day conference must make their own arrangements for accommodations. A limited number of rooms have been guaranteed at a special Brock rate of $102 + taxes at the Four Points Sheraton, 3530 Schmon Parkway (directly across from the university). Contact (905) 984-8484 for reservations. You must indicate to the representative that you are attending the STRATEGIES Conference in order to receive the discounted rate.
- Meals may be purchased in the residence cafeteria, $8.60/breakfast and $14.60/dinner (cash only).
If you are unable to attend either Smart Start or the STRATEGIES Conference and will be requesting academic accommodations, you must contact the Student Development Centre as soon as possible in order to begin discussing your needs with a Disabilities Case Manager. Some accommodations, for example training speech-to-text software, can take several months to put in place, so it is essential that discussions with your case manager start as soon as possible. We want to ensure that all the necessary supports are put in place in a timely manner so that you will have a successful career at Brock University.What are appropriate forms of documentation?
All students requiring services through the Services for Students with disABILITIES are required to provide Brock with appropriate professional documentation of disability and a description of the restrictions that your disability places on your academic performance. Only with the appropriate documentation can the proper accommodations and services be put in place for you in time for the September term. Appropriate documentation must include the following:
- A copy of your most recent psycho-educational assessment, which must have been completed within the last three to five years by a registered psychologist or psychological associate. The assessment also must include a clear diagnostic statement confirming the presence of a learning disability.
- A letter from your high-school/college detailing the types of academic accommodations you have utilized in the past few years
- Please note that IPRCs & IEPs alone are not acceptable forms of documentation
- June 1st Smart Start orientation and STRATEGIES half-day registration begins. Remember to indicate that you need to meet with a Disabilities Case Manager when registering
- June 27 until August 12 Smart Start and STRATEGIES half-day program
- Submission deadline for all documentation One week prior to attending STRATEGIES half-day or STRATEGIES Conference
- July 10 Registration deadline for STRATEGIES Conference
- July 18, 19 STRATEGIES Conference #1
- July 25, 26 STRATEGIES Conference
Contact the department if you have any questions or concerns:
Student Development Centre
(905) 688-5550, Ext. 5357