Information for Family & Supporters

The Student Accessibility Centre recognizes that family members and supporters are instrumental in helping students with disabilities access the programs and services they need in order to be successful. The following information is intended to assist with that process.

Registration Information

The Student Accessibility Centre (SAC) serves students with any type of documented visible or invisible disabilities.

Students with ADHD, Learning Disabilities, mental health conditions, chronic health/medical conditions, physical disabilities, neurological disorders or temporary disabilities are encouraged to register with the UNBF Student Accessibility Centre.

Registration at SAC is voluntary.

Registration is valid throughout the student’s years of study at UNB, unless otherwise specified.

Appointment to Register

A student may register at SAC at any time of the year. New students are encouraged to register early, and before the start of the term. The Centre is open year round,including May – August.

Your student is encouraged to contact SAC during regular business hours to set up an appointment time by calling 1-506-453-3515 or e-mailing unbds@unb.ca.

Documentation Requirements

In order to register, a student must provide one of the following documents:

  1. A completed UNBF Student Accessibility Centre Medical Form or ADHD/Mental Health Form.  Contact the Centre (SAC) to speak with advisor to determine which form is appropriate. Call 453-3515 or email unbds@unb.  The form will be provided after the initial consultation.
  2. A letter (on letterhead) from a licensed health professional which states the student's diagnosis, impact of the disability on the student's daily living and academics, and recommended accommodations and supports.
  3. A psychological or psycho-educational assessment report completed in the last 5 years by a licensed psychologist.

Please note that disclosure of diagnosis is not mandatory, but is encouraged. Knowledge of a student's diagnosis is useful for planning and for supporting a student appropriately.

Ongoing Communication, Follow-up with Registered Students

Returning students are asked to contact the Student Accessibility Centre at the beginning of each academic term to discuss their needs for the upcoming school year.

Role of Family or Supporters—A Developmental Approach

The Student Accessibility Centre is committed to helping registered students develop independence and self-advocacy skills. SAC recognizes that each student is at a different point on the developmental continuum toward independence, self-advocacy, and self-sufficiency. Each student requires individualized guidance and advice tailored to their needs to foster these skills.

The following protocol is in place to foster positive communication and collaboration among students, family, supporters and SAC.

  1. Each student is responsible for communicating and meeting with SAC staff to discuss his/her individual disability-related support needs and/or concerns.
  2. Family members or advocates may attend meetings with the student to provide information and moral support.
  3. A student may give written consent for family members or a supporter to communicate and consult with a SAC staff member on his/her behalf.
  4. Student information collected by SAC is confidential and cannot be shared with anyone without the written consent of the student.
  5. A student registered at SAC will be required to submit requests for assistance and support (such as requests for e-texts, requests for note-taking support for classes, assistance applying for grant funding, requests to write tests and examinations, etc.) in a timely fashion or by particular deadlines. Family and supporters can assist by reminding a student of tasks that need to be completed and deadlines that need to be met. Deadlines are posted regularly on the website.
  6. If for any reason a family member or supporter is concerned about a student’s immediate health and safety, please contact us and SAC will take the necessary steps to address the concern.