Mental Health Academic Accommodations Research 2012-15
Developing Documentation Standards and Guidelines for Academic Accommodations for Students with Mental Health Disabilities Attending Post –Secondary Institutions in Ontario
A joint three-year research project of Queen's University and St. Lawrence College.
Funded by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities’ Mental Health Innovation Fund.
Principal Investigators: Dr. Michael Condra, Queen's University and Wanda Williams, St. Lawrence College
- Increasing numbers of students with mental health issues in postsecondary education;
- Variations in documentation requirements in the post-secondary system;
- Concerns specific to mental health issues: fluctuating symptoms (and functional limitations), temporary disruptions, impact of stigma on both help-seeking and institutional response, lack of mental health professionals, cost of documentation;
- Lack of awareness regarding mental health, accommodation processes.
- To develop province-wide documentation standards and guidelines;
- To develop training for students, faculty, access/disability advisors, student leaders and administrators, on accommodating post-secondary students with mental health issue;
- To develop an information and resource handbook for students with mental health disabilities.
- Data-collection from stakeholder groups, including faculty, students with mental health disabilities, disability advisors, administrators and campus physicians (n=2,327);
- Consultations with the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC);
- Consultation with psychiatrists and family physicians;
- Visits to best practice sites;
- Literature Review.
Recommendations report: This document outlines the project’s goals and methodology; it lists, describes and provides a rationale for each of the 14 recommendations; it includes a Functional Limitations Assessment Form for Post-Secondary Students with a Disability; a Guide for Regulated Health Care Professionals; a Behaviour of Concern Chart for Faculty and Staff, and information on how the chart may be customized and implemented.
Eight videos on accommodation issues which can be used in faculty training and awareness-raising.
The information and resource handbook, A Guide to Academic Accommodations and Managing your Mental Health While on Campus, for students and families.
Fall 2015: A literature review undertaken by the research team has been accepted for publication and will appear in the Fall 2015 edition of the Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability (Complete citation: Academic Accommodations for Postsecondary Students with Mental Health Disabilities in Ontario, Canada: A Review of the Literature and Emerging Issues. Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability, Vol. 28 (3), Fall 2015, pp. 277-291).
October 22, 2015: Collaboration introduces new mental health accommodation resources, Queen's Gazette
March 11, 2014: Mental Health study will develop guidelines for Ontario's universities and colleges, Queen's Gazette
March 26, 2013: Partnership to support students with mental health disabilities, Queen's Gazette
Project Contact: Dr. Mike Condra firstname.lastname@example.org