Current and Future Students
BCIT is committed to providing assistance to all its full- and part-time students with permanent or temporary disabilities. Examples of assistance may include:
- Exam and program accommodations
- Note-taking, scribes, readers
- Alternate format textbooks
- Interpreting or transcribing
- Adaptive technology and ergonomic aids
- Funding and grant information
- Learning strategies support
- Referrals to community resources
- Campus orientation and access to designated parking
Accessibility Services requires documentation to validate the need for academic accommodations based on the individual’s current level of functioning in a post-secondary environment. This is to be provided by a registered health professional authorized to make a valid diagnosis verifying the existence of disability or chronic health condition and to outline the functional limitations experienced by the student.
After you have provided us with the completed Student Information and Self-Assessment form and your medical documentation that verifies the functional impact(s) of your disability or health conditions in a post-secondary setting, please connect with us to schedule an appointment with one of our VRSs. Please visit our step-by-step section to learn the process to register with Accessibility Services.
In order to register with Accessibility Services students need to have FIRST completed the following steps:
- Have applied to a full-time program or have registered for a part-time course(s) and have confirmation of such
- Complete the Student Information and Self-Assessment Form
- Have obtained the required medical documentation that contains the following:
- Confirmation of a disability or diagnosed health condition;
- Information regarding the student’s functional impairments and limitations related to the disability or health condition; and
- Confirms how the student’s participation in post-secondary studies is impacted.
To allow adequate time for assessment and implementation of accommodation requests, please contact our office preferably at least FOUR to SIX weeks prior to the start of your classes. A delay in notifying Accessibility Services of a request for accommodations could result in your request not being assessed or implemented in time for the course or program for which accommodation is sought.
Please be aware that part-time courses are generally posted online several months prior to their start date. Initiate your registration early to ensure that you can benefit from accommodations as early as possible.
If a pre-test is required as part of your application to a program at BCIT you are entitled to receive accommodations. Students are still required to follow the same registration procedure.
We encourage you to connect with Accessibility Services if you are a prospective student who:
- Requires a brief consultation regarding appropriate medical documentation
- Has applied for a BCIT program, but has not been accepted yet and knows that you have complex accommodation needs (e.g. ASL interpreting, alternative formats such as Braille, etc.).
Check our Resources page if you're looking for information on funding, sponsorship, career exploration, counselling and student development, etc.
If you've just been accepted to one of BCIT programs/course(s), you may be eligible to receive accommodations to maximize your ability. Please follow the step-by-step process to register with Accessibility Services and arrange for an intake appointment with one of the Vocational Rehabilitation Specialists (VRS).
Please download the Student Intake and Self-Assessment [PDF] as well as BCIT Accessibility Services Medical Forms [PDF]. When completed, e-mail them to firstname.lastname@example.org, or bring in-person to Accessibility Services in SW01 2360 located on the Burnaby campus.
If you're returning to continue your program and have already registered with Accessibility Services, you need to notify your Vocational Rehabilitation Specialist every term that you would like to have your Individual Accommodation Plan (IAP) updated EVERY TERM. Please contact us at your earliest convenience to set up an appointment for this purpose.
For students who have been approved for exam accommodations, download the Exam Scheduling Request Form [PDF], fill out the student portion of this form for EACH exam. Please e-mail, fax, or bring to Accessibility Services at least five business days prior to the exam. A delay in notifying Accessibility Services of a request for exam accommodations could result in the request not being assessed or implemented in time for the exam for which accommodation is sought.
* NOTE: If you are using Chrome, Safari, or Internet Explorer, you will be able to fill out the form prior to downloading it. If you are using Firefox, you will need to first open the form with Adobe Acrobat.
- Download Adobe Acrobat Reader, if you do not already have this installed on your computer.
- Click on the Exam Scheduling Request Form link [PDF] in Firefox.
- Click on the button in the top right corner of the browser window to "Open With Different Viewer".
- A pop-up window will open.
- Select Adobe Arobat in the dropdown on the pop-up window.
- Click on the Open with Adobe Acrobat radio button.
- Your PDF will now open in Adobe Acrobat.