Ontario Internship Program Now Accepting Applications from Post-Secondary Grads with Disabilities Until January 17th, 2018

January 11th, 2018

Happy New Year readers,

The Ontario Internship Program is accepting applications from college and university graduates with disabilities, for internships within the Ontario Public Service.  The following link will provide you with the opportunity to apply:


You have until January 17th, 2018 to complete your application.  If you have questions or concerns please contact Scott Allardyce at scott.allardyce@ontario.ca.

If you plan to apply, please take a screenshot of your application and send it to Scott via email.  In the subject line put your name followed by Ontario Internship Program and then the stream you have chosen.  This will allow Scott to track your progress through the application process.

If you are an individual with a disability and a graduate of a college or university living in Ontario you are eligible to apply up to two years after graduation.  The Ontario Intership Program only accepts approximately 100 graduates annually.  It is a two-year committment.


Collaborative Research Study

July 5th, 2017


NOARC and CFERO are set to begin their first collaborative research project this summer (2017).  The study has received clearance from the Multi-Site College Research Ethics Board Expert Panel, Cambrian College Research Ethics Committee and College Boreal’s Research Ethics Board.  The study will examine reading profiles of bilingual adults enrolled in postsecondary studies.

STOMP Survey Underway!

February 24th, 2017

We are seeking post-secondary students with mental health difficulties to help us develop an online transition program geared towards Grade 12 students with mental health challenges who are preparing to make the move to college or university this coming September.

Provide your opinion via a 10-minute anonymous online survey.  We want to know what you think other students should know so that they are better prepared to enter the world of post-secondary learning.

For more information and access to the survey please click here!

Upcoming Conference!! Register Soon!!

January 20th, 2017

2nd High Incidence Disabilities in Education International Conference (HIDC)                                         Hosted by NOARC and RARC this March 2017

This conference has been designed to focus on the issues and challenges that are currently at the forefront of the field of disability services within post-secondary education working with students transitioning into college and university.  Learning Disabilities and Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder have historically been the primary disabilities serviced by colleges and universities but in recent years the number of students with Mental Health Disabilities has burgeoned.  Research findings, best practices, and promising programs will be addressed within this conference in relation to documentation requirements, determination of accommodations and particular needs of students with Mental Health Disorders.  more than 20 leading researchers, clinicians, and/or educators will speak.  Full details and conference registration are available at: https://www.conferize.com/hidc



HIDC Registration is Open!

September 29th, 2016


The ARCs are excited to announce that online registration is now open for the HIDC: High Incidence Disabilities in Higher Education conference!

Conference fees include 2 days full of speakers and break-out sessions, morning coffee, snacks, and lunch on both days!

A one day rate is also available.

Early bird registration ends November 1st, 2016!  Head on over to the HIDC website and sign up today!



The ARC’s



July 6th, 2016


We are pleased to announce that the ARC’s (NOARC and RARC) High Incidence Disabilities in Higher Education, or HIDC conference website is now active!  All your information needs can be found at http://www.conferize.com/hidc.

Conference registration will begin at the end of August, and an early bird rate will be available at that time.  The two day conference will held at the Mariott Courtyard Hotel in Toronto on March 30th and 31st, 2017.

In the meantime, we are issuing a Call For Proposals.  These proposals are to be submitted directly to the website under the Register tab.  More information regarding proposal submission can be found on the website under the Call for Proposals section.

In order to fully represent the transition to and life in post-secondary for students with disabilities, the ARC’s are seeking proposals from multiple sectors (secondary, post-secondary, psychological service providers, medical and therapeutic providers, mental health agencies, accessibility service providers, policy makers, etc…)

We look forward to seeing you there!


The ARC’s




It’s OK That I Learn Differently Conference

April 28th, 2016


On April 12th, 2016, NOARC hosted their 8th annual Creating Exceptional Learners (CEL) conference – It’s OK That I Learn Differently!

The conference was offered to students enrolled in NOARC’s CEL program at MacLeod and Churchill Public Schools.

Students were given a presentation discussing current apps and technologies available to assist with learning challenges.  They also participated in a workshop that helped them discover their specific learning style.

Parents in attendance were provided the opportunity to try several of the assistive technologies used by children in the classroom.

The night ended with a raffle for prizes – the two Google Chromebooks were a huge hit!

Participants described the conference as “interesting”, “informative” and “excellent”.  We’re already looking forward to next year’s conference!