Fred Smithers Centre

 

 

Application Process

Applying to be a client of the Fred Smithers Centre

Your application cannot be processed until both the online application form and documentation are received. Please note that there are deadlines for new applicants (see below)

Students who wish to register for services with The Fred Smithers Centre are required to submit an application AND supporting recent (no longer than 5 years) documentation from a physician or psychologist. The following is a list of documentation accepted based on disability:

  • Mental Illness: Psychologist; Physician; Psychiatrist
  • Learning Disability: Psycho educational assessment; neuropsychological assessment; school Psychologist
  • ADD/ADHD: Psychologist; Psychiatrist; Physician
  • Hearing Impairment: Audiologist assessment
  • Visual Impairment: Ophthalmologist
  • Mobility Impairment: Physician; specialist
  • Medical Condition: Physician
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder: Psychologist; Psychiatrist; Neurologist

 Supports and Accommodations

 The services offered by The Fred Smithers Centre include, but are not limited to:

  • Employment skills
  • ASL/English interpreting
  • Access to grants, goods and services
  • Adaptive technology and training
  • Exam accommodations
  • Note taking via a volunteer program
  • Faculty presentations and workshops for students
  • Study skills workshops
  • Referrals within the University and to community agencies

 There are three steps to complete the application process and becoming a client of the Fred Smithers Centre:

  1. Complete the Online Application Form
  2. Submit documentation (see above for requirements) – documentation can be faxed (902) 496-8122, emailed to: fredsmithers.centre@smu.ca or dropped off in person to the Centre, 3rd floor Student Centre. If you do not have current or detailed documentation as listed above, please complete the Fred Smithers Centre’s Disability Verification Form: Disability Verification Form
  3. Meet with the Advisor.

 

The deadlines for new applicants are as follows:

Fall Semester - November 1st

Winter Semester - March 1st

Spring Session - May 15th

Summer Session - July 15th

Students are required to meet with the Advisor at the beginning of each academic semester to request accommodations.

All documentation received by the Fred Smithers Centre will be stored securely for a period of 5 years after which it will be shredded.

Students who do not complete all three steps as noted above will have any documentation shredded at the end of the semester of which they applied. Students should also keep a copy of their documentation for future reference.