“Make the CUT” (College University Transition) for Students with an IEP
“Make the Cut” is a joint initiative of Carleton University’s Paul Menton Centre for Students with Disabilities and Algonquin College’s Centre for Students with Disabilities in collaboration with the Public and Catholic School boards of Ottawa-Carleton, Upper Canada and Renfrew County.
“Make The CUT” is designed for grade 12 students who have a learning disability and are planning to attend university OR college next year.
MAKE THE CUT ORIENTATION SESSION AT ALGONQUIN COLLEGE
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Please see Mrs. Gratton (Special Education Dept.) to register for this session
Are you ready for university or college?
An identified student who is transitioning to post-secondary education involves realistic goal and preparation. Did you know that the University/College’s Individual Student Plan or ISP is different from an Individual Education Plan? In college or university, the student is responsible for giving a copy of the ISP to his/her professors and discussing his/her needs. Professors are not obligated to provide the student with accommodations if they have not received an ISP. Another difference is that the student must meet with his/her counsellor each semester to get an updated ISP, which is again distributed to the professors by the student.
Transitioning to the college/university environment may require careful planning for some students. A transition plan is part of the student’s IEP. There are significant differences between the high school and college learning and social environments. Students are expected to be able to articulate their needs, work independently, and function in an environment that promotes self-directed learning.
How do you know if a student is college/university ready? Can the student answer yes to these questions?
• Have you been to an information session at a college?
• Do you have an Ontario Secondary School Diploma?
• Do you have documentation that clearly defines your disability?
• Are you comfortable talking about your disability?
• Can you work independently?
• Do you know what accommodations you will need?
• Can you develop a study schedule and stick to it?
• Can you balance academic responsibilities with your free time?
• Are you comfortable working in groups?
• Would you ask for help if you started having any difficulty?