Part I Introduction
If a student needs help understanding their documentation they should make an appointment with someone familiar with such documentation. For instance, they can contact Accessibility Services at UPEI or the PEI Council of People with Disabilities:
UPEI Accessibility Services
First Floor, Dalton Hall, University of Prince Edward Island
550 University Avenue, Charlottetown, PE, C1A 4P3
ResourceAbilities (previously Council of People with Disabilities)
Charlottetown- Head Office
Unit #2, Landmark Plaza
5 Lower Malpeque Road, Charlottetown, PE, C1E 1R4
Students can also contact a disability services advisor, a career counsellor who has experience working with persons with disabilities, or the professional who conducted their assessment. If they have not already completed an assessment and would like to do so, advise the student that there may be a fee for conducting the assessment. The student can ask the advisor to explain what their diagnosis means and how it will impact important decisions they make in the future, including career planning. Their assessment should outline strategies and recommend that will support success in their academics and future endeavors.
Being armed with this knowledge will help the student determine the kinds of jobs where they will be most successful. Applying for positions that they know they are qualified for and will be able to perform will likely help them make a smooth transition into employment (ALIS, 2016a).
In this guide, accommodation refers to equipment, practices or policies that enable an employee with a disability to succeed in the workplace. Examples of accommodation include additional equipment or modifications to existing equipment, flexible hours of work or modified work schedule, additional training, modified work environment, and customized work duties .