Service Provider Workshop

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Learning Disability Services (LDS) at York University offers a one-day workshop to service providers with a focus on transition issues for students with disabilities.  This workshop will take on Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017 in the Victor Phillip Dahdaleh Building, room 0005.  Please Note:  registration in this workshop closed the afternoon of Wednesday, February 15th.

Topics to be discussed:

  • Role of high school service providers in preparing students for the transition to post-secondary studies during their final year of high school and development of a transition portfolio
  • Advocacy skills required at the post-secondary level, including, how to deal with disclosure to staff, faculty, and peers
  • Transition programs and supports at all post-secondary institutions
  • Admissions procedures (modified admissions) and policies for students with learning disabilities (presented by a representative from Admissions)
  • Mental Health Disabilities
    • how students are supported at the post secondary level
    • the need for outside counselling support
    • type of accommodations
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Pilot Program
    • Supporting both prospective students and current students with ASD as they transition to Post Secondary
  • Project ADVANCE
    • A FREE transition program that is offered in a two-week intensive format at the end of August (for York University bound students only)
    • Students commit to a two-week program that runs from 9am-4pm each day.  During these two weeks students have the opportunity to delve into the topics of self-advocacy and self-awareness and have the opportunity to learn about and get hands-on experience with a variety of learning strategies and assistive technologies
  • Documentation Requirements
    • the need for updated LD assessments - when and why
    • documentation for mental health disabilities
    • documentation for physical, sensory, and medical disabilities
    • Possibilities regarding updating documentations
    • Funding sources
    • ADHD documentation requirements
  • Accommodations and supports students might have access to at their post-secondary institution and the potential costs involved.  This discussion will focus on the defining and granting of accommodations like:
    • Formula sheets/memory aids and the type of documentation required
    • Use of a dictionary
    • Flexible deadline
    • Transition courses
  • Transition issues, accommodations and supports for students requiring higher levels of support
  • Academic readiness skills required for post-secondary level work and how students can be supported when there is a gap between their course demands and their skills
  • Accommodations for students who might have more than one diagnosis i.e. LD/sensory disability and mental health/medical disability


Interested in attending?  Registration is limited.   A $50 registration fee is required and covers the cost of handout materials, morning coffee breaks and lunch.   Receipts will be provided for parking but it is not covered in the registration cost.  Please Note: registration in this workshop closed the afternoon of Wednesday, February 15th.  Please contact our office at 416-736-5383 with any questions.

Cheques should be made payable to York University.  

Please mail cheques to:

Service Providers Workshop
Learning Disability Services
W128 Bennett Centre for Student Services
York University, 4700 Keele Street
Toronto, Ontario, M3J 1P3

Once we have received your completed registration form, we will email a confirmation letter and more information about the location of the session and other relevant information. If you have any questions about the workshop or would like to arrange for someone to come to your school, please call 416-736-5383 or e-mail