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Information for International Students with Disabilities

KPU provides services for international students with disabilities. The checklist below will assist you in making sure that you have all the requirements to receive reasonable accommodation and meet the timelines for purchase of assistive technology/adaptive equipment and services. There are times where the learning outcomes cannot be accommodated due to the nature of the disability. It is important to discuss all your requirements with a Disability Advisor at least 6-10 months before your course or program begins.

Student Checklist

  • Explore Your Course/Program Options - Speak to an International Education Advisor in KPU International regarding application, course selection, funding, housing etc.
  • Explore your disability accommodations and the documentation that would be required with a Disability Advisor in Services for Students with Disabilities at least 6 - 10 months before courses start. Preferably before travelling to Canada to determine if accommodations can be provided.
  • Review the approximate costs for a wide variety of accommodations at KPU. Speak with your International Education Advisor to determine how you will pay for the accommodation costs.
  • Obtain the appropriate documentation for your disability from the designated professionals and have it translated into English. It is recommended that students do this in their home country. There may be a significant cost to having medical specialists do the assessment privately in Canada.  Please contact us for current requirements of documentation.
  • Make an appointment with the Disability Advisor to do an intake interview at least 2-3 months before the courses begin.
  • Review necessary accommodations and learning outcomes with the Learning Specialist. (You may need to provide a translator for the interview with the Disability Advisor or Learning Specialist)
  • Research and purchase any assistive technology/adaptive equipment 2 months before courses begin.
  • Apply for alternate format text if required through the Disability Advisor. 
  • Obtain your Instructor Letter and Exam Form from the Counselling receptionist at least one week before classes begin.
  • Stay in touch by email with your Disability Advisor in the disability office and inform them of any changes in your course or program accommodations.

How do I book an appointment?

To make an appointment with a Disability Advisor, you can:
 

Campus Contact Number Room Office
Surrey 604.599.2044 C160 Counselling Centre
Richmond 604.599.2600 1640 Counselling Centre
Langley 604.599.3213 1050 Counselling Centre
Cloverdale 604.598.6044 1120 Counselling Centre

EQUIPMENT: ITEM/CATEGORY & USAGE

COST

NOTES

BRAILLE PRODUCTS

 


 

Braille Portable Note Taker

$5000

Blind

Refreshable Braille Display

$6000

Blind

Braille Embosser (Printer)

$2500

Blind

CCTV’s

 


 

Stationary (ie. Optelec, SmartView, MagniLink, etc

$5000


 

Portable CCTV’s (for in class use & libraries) Ie. Flipper, Optelec Traveler, Clarity Rio, Smartview Pocket, etc)

$2500


 

COMPUTERS, PRINTERS, ACCESSORIES & ASSOCIATED SOFTWARE

 


 

All Computers Systems (including warranty, printer, operating

$2000


 

Large Screen Monitor (over 19 inches)

Future Shop


 

MS Office (Student Edition)

$300


 

Note Book carry case

$70


 

Operating System

$250


 

Printer

$200


 

Scanners

$350


 

DIGITAL RECORDERS

 


 

Digital Recorders; MP#, Ipods

$200


 

FM SYSTEMS

 

Assistive Learning Devices

For use without hearing aids

$800

Hard of Hearing; Auditory Processing Disorders

For use with hearing aids

$4000

Hard of Hearing

OTHER RELATED ITEMS

 


 

Ie. Key to Access (Premier Products)

$500

Variety of assistive technology products in one package i.e. scan & read, talking dictionary, text to audio, e-text reader, screen magnification

PORTABLE COMPUTER DEVICES (TABLETS)

$650


 

READING PENS/ACCESSORIES

 


 

Smart Pens

$300


 

SPELL CHECKERS

 


 

Franklin Language Master 6000B

$200

Learning Disability Users

Franklin Language Master 6000SE

$550

Blind/Low Vision

 

 


 

 

 


 

SOFTWARE: ITEM/CATEGORY & USAGE

COST

NOTES

ASSISTIVE WRITING SOFTWARE

 


 

I.e. TextHelp Standard & Gold, WordQ/SpeakQ, Write: OutLoud,, Co:Writer

$250-$700

Most include word prediction, dictionaries, spell checkers, text to speech

Organizational/Mapping I.e Inpiration, Draft Builder, Spark-Space, etc.

$100-$250

Brainstorm mapping, outline building, to writing process

SCREEN MAGNIFICATION SOFTWARE

 


 

Ie., ZoomText, Lunar, MAGic, etc

$700

Low Vision includes maintenance agreement (upgrades)

SCREEN READING SOFTWARE (VISUAL IMPAIRED)

(i.e., JAWs, Widow Eyes, etc)

$1400

Blind/Low Vision includes maintenance agreement (upgrades)

TEXT TO SPEECH (OCR)

i.e. Kurzweil 1000, OpenBook, etc

$1100

Learning Disability, Visual includes maintenance agreement (upgrades) for visual impairment

TEXT TO SPEECH (OCR)

 


 

I.e. Kurzweil 3000, WYNN etc (B/W) -Standard

(Colour)

$1100

$1500

Learning Disability-Reading. Includes maintenance agreement

SERVICE

COST

FREQUENCY OF ENTITLEMENT

NOTES

ACADEMIC STRATEGIST (Provides help with techniques on how to learn and organize)

$25-$85 per hour, to a maximum of $1350 per term. Maximum $2700 per loan year

Usually a student will need 10 hours and is expected to progressively need less hours

Recommended that the service provider’s credentials include a teaching degree in special education

Group strategy sessions may be approved with specific rationale as how the session will address the student’s identified functional limitation. Ex. Time management, exam preparation for students with ADHD

Examples of services: individual and group training in such areas as organizational, analytical, comprehension, general study and coping skills, working with the students to incorporate a learning style suitable to their unique needs

Determine and implement appropriate academic accommodations and cognitive learning styles to develop study skills, organization and note-taking skills, memory, vocational direction, interpersonal dynamics and time management to promote student academic success

These services would be for students with LD, ADHD and or mental health disabilities

Payment for services is only if the EI does not provide them as part of Disability or Students services

ALTERNATE FORMATS

E-Text, Large or Braille print, taped lectures (Only if not available through the school)

Converting textbooks into e-text if not provided by PSE (e.g. DAISY)

Costs vary depending upon service provider and format used. Details of cost breakdown to be provided

Once from initial print format

Some EI’s cover this as part of the Duty to Accommodate. If the costs are not covered, and would be charged to PD students, then funding provided

Textbooks are scanned into electronic format (e-text) for reading with various software. The e-text can also be converted into audio files for listening to via MP3s. For reading difficulties the most popular programs used are Kurzweil, Wynn, TextHelp and Read: Out Loud. For visual impairments the most popular programs are JAWS, Window Eyes, Zoomtext and Kurzweil.

Institutions may charge to have students’ textbooks scanned into the required file format for students to use on their computers and/or MP3s

DAISY (Digital Accessible Information System) is another file format that text would be scanned and converted into, mainly used by the visually impaired. It can be software based for use on computers with screen reading software or refreshable Braille display or used on specific ebook readers and MP3s. It is audio based replacing the taped books used in the past (4-track recorders)

ASSISTIVE SOFTWARE- Set-up/ Installation/ Tutoring

Depends upon service provider an type of assistive software

One-time-unless new disability software or justification given for refresher course

If specialized assistive software purchased and service not provided by the EI or as part of the computer package.

EDUCATIONAL ATTENDANT CARE (While at school only)

Providers using fully certified contracted workers. Rates vary from $20 to $60 per hour

Number of hours will vary according to the recommendation of the assessor or specialist

Students who also receive home care must make a clear distinction between services needed while at school, for course related activities only


 

INTERPRETER/CAPTIONING Oral Sign/Cart

$30 to $140 per hour


 

For ASL

NOTE-TAKER

$250 per course maximum


 

If the same person who is the Tutor will also act as the Note-take, they may charge two different rates- one for note-taking and one for tutoring

READER

$10 to $20 per hour


 

If technology is unavailable, may use a reader outside of the educational institution to read educational material to student (Low vision, Learning Disabilities)

SPECIALIZED TUTOR

Up to $40 per hour

Service provider is responsible to ensure all service cost are covered in the hourly rate (such as: taxes, vacation pay, etc)

Depends on course subject, the level of specialized knowledge required to address cognitive barriers, type of disability and qualifications of the specialized tutor

A base of 2 hours per week per course is available to students, or as recommended by the assessor and the disability coordinator at the school

*Students who have demonstrated disabilities in specific areas will receive a specialized tutor for those courses in which they have a demonstrated disability. For example: a student with a learning disability in Math only can not access a specialized tutor for those courses in which they do not have a demonstrated disability in

Students requiring an increase in specialized tutoring hours or that require a specialized tutor for courses that they do not have a demonstrated disability in are required to provided additional medical documents noting the reasons for the changes and how the specialized tutor is helping with disability carriers (not course content or time management issues).

SPECIALIZED TRANSPORTATION

Prices vary depending on city, rural and the service provider’s schedules and availability to locations in province

To the school address from the students place of residence only

Additional stops, co-op work terms, internships etc, cannot be considered as part of the curriculum based travel