Student Accessibility Services offers screenings to York students who suspect that their academic difficulties are due to an undiagnosed attention disorder, mental health disability or learning disability. If you’re wondering whether a screening appointment might be right for you, the information below can help you decide what next steps are best for you.
Is a screening appropriate for you?
Screenings are designed to help students:
- Who do not have access to a registered health care professional (e.g. family doctor, psychologist) who can provide an assessment.
- To determine whether they should pursue a mental health, learning disability or attention disorder assessment.
Please note we offer a screening service. Our office does not provide diagnostic services and academic accommodations are not normally put in place as part of screening.
Do you have a family doctor?
- Have you spoken with your family doctor about your concerns?
Has your family doctor (or other health care professional) prescribed medication and/or indicated that you have a mental health disability or attention disorder?
If a registered health care professional (e.g. family doctor) has provided you with medication and/or diagnosed a mental health or attention disorder, we encourage you to speak with them about registration with our office. We have a Verification Form that they can complete. Please visit the New Students page of our website to learn more about registration with our office.
Do you have a history of academic supports, such as an Individual Education Plan (IEP)?
If you have a history of academic supports in high school, or at another post secondary institution, we encourage you to explore registration with our office. Visit the New Students page of our website to learn more.
Still not sure?
Many factors not related to disability can impact learning and the ability to achieve academic goals. Please review the information below to find out about supports and services available to York students.
If you would like to move forward with our Disability Screening, complete this Student Accessibility Services Screening Form.
Are you stressed out or have low mood and/or anxiety?
Stress, mood and anxiety can have a broad range of effects on academic success. This impact can range from struggles with focus and concentration to trouble just getting down to work.
- Student Counselling, Health & Well-Being (formerly Student Counselling & Development) provides short term counselling support to York students.
- Counselling support is also available from Good 2 Talk, Ontario's post-secondary student help line.
Balancing study and relaxation and paying attention to diet, sleep and exercise are important and can impact mood and overall well-being.
- Health Education and Promotion works to support student well-being here at York.
- Additional information about well-being supports and services is available from Mental Health and Wellness at York.
Are you struggling to meet academic or program requirements?
It is possible that your study, time management, writing, or organizational skills may need some fine tuning for university level studies. Also, consider whether you have the academic background or knowledge (e.g. math, writing, science) required to be successful in your program. You may want to look for academic upgrading opportunities in the community or investigate opportunities here at York.
Here are some of the supports and services available at York to help students improve their academic skills and achieve academic success:
- Learning Skills Services provides workshops and individual sessions on academic skills development such as time management and critical thinking.
- The Writing Centre offers instruction in all aspects of writing at the university level.
- The Student Ombuds Service (SOS) at Bethune College provides free peer academic support services to York students in the sciences.
- The ESL Open Learning Centre (OLC) offers support to students for whom English is a Second/Additional Language
A comprehensive list of academic supports and services available at York (as well as help finding tutors and study groups) is available from Study Hub.
Are you in a program that fits with your strengths?
You may want to think about the program you are in and your personal strengths and weaknesses.
If you find that your program is not making the best use of your abilities, Career Education & Development can help you explore career options.
If you need guidance on making a change, and/or understanding new program requirements, Academic Advising is a key source of program advising and academic planning.