MountAbility launching in January
Mount Saint Vincent University is currently accepting applications for a new inclusive post-secondary education program to launch in January of 2016.
MountAbility is a participatory audit program that provides access to university for students who self-identify as having a disability (intellectual, developmental, or learning) and who would not otherwise meet current university admission criteria.
The MountAbility program is offered in partnership with the Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Advanced Education, Post-Secondary Disability Services, and coordinated by the Mount’s Student Services and Faculty of Education.
Said Dr. Cornelia Schneider, Coordinator, Inclusive Post-Secondary Education Program – MountAbility, “We are happy to be able to start offering this program which will grant access to university to a population that has been traditionally excluded from university.”
MountAbility students may graduate with a certificate of completion Arts, Science, Professional Studies or Interdisciplinary Studies. Students will choose courses in which they are interested and that relate to their learning goals and potential employment paths. As well, MountAbility students will receive support from staff, peer mentors and student volunteers to participate in campus activities and other social activities.
The Mount is only the second university in Nova Scotia to offer this program.
“As we are just setting up the program and the campus culture surrounding it, we will develop it carefully and slowly,” noted Cornelia. “In the first year, we will accept two students and then grow the program to its maximum enrolment of five students per year.”
After MountAbility students have completed the courses according to their personalized plans, they will receive a certificate of completion along with a detailed learning transcript.
The deadline to apply is now Friday, December 11, 2015. Click here for a copy of the application form, or for more information, please contact Dr. Cornelia Schneider at firstname.lastname@example.org or 902-457-6206.