Welcome to the Frequently Asked Questions resource for the Blundon Centre, the home of Memorial's Accessibility Services for the St. John's Campus.
Questions and answers will continue to be added to this resource so please check back frequently.
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Registering with Accessibility Services (Blundon Centre) is quite simple. Just call our office at (709) 864-2156 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to set-up an appointment with an Accessibility Advisor.
If you email us, you will need to email us from your Memorial email address and include the following information in your email:
- Your name
- Your student number
- Your availability to meet with an Advisor
Students with approved accommodations have to self-register their accommodations each semester they are enrolled. Self-registering your accommodations simply means sending them to your instructors via our online portal.
Students are given the option to self-register their accommodations or not. Not all students self-register their accommodations for every course. It will be up to you. For example, if your accommodations are mainly for tests and exams and your course doesn't have timed assessments, you may choose not to self-register your accommodations for that course.
If you do want to self-register your accommodations, you must do so through our Clockwork online web portal. Follow This guide to learn more about this process.
If you try to self-register your accommodations, but you get an error message that your accommodations have expired, don't panic. We set expiration dates on accommodations for a variety of reasons. In order to have your accommodations renewed, simply contact your Accessibility Advisor. They can walk you through the process of renewing your accommodations.
If you don't remember your Accessibility Advisor's name just email our office for assistance at email@example.com
Accessibility Services (Blundon Center) offers an Accommodated Testing Service for students with on-campus courses. If you have approved test accommodations, and would like to book a test or exam through our office, you can do so very easily through the Clockwork online web portal.
Important Testing Deadlines
Due to the high volume of students writing accommodated tests with our office, we require advance notice of test and exams. Below are the booking deadlines for both tests and final exams. Failure to book a test or exam before these deadlines will result in you not being able to write an accommodated test or exam with our office.
Booking Deadline - Tests
All in-term tests (tests, quizzes, mid-term exams) must be booked at least two (2) weeks before the test date. Failure to book a test or exam before these deadlines will result in you not being able to write an accommodated test or exam with our office.
Booking Deadline - Final Exams
All final exams must be booked at least four (4) weeks before the beginning of the final exam period. Failure to book a test or exam before these deadlines will result in you not being able to write an accommodated test or exam with our office.
Booking a Test
To book a test, simply log into the Clockwork web portal and select the "Schedule a test or exam" option. From the list of tabs, choose "Schedule a test, mid-term or quiz" from the available options. From there you will be asked a series of questions about the course, the test and your accommodations. Once you have entered all of the information about the test, and submit it, our Accommodated Testing staff will work to secure the appropriate resources to administer your test. You will receive an email notification to confirm your test booking and you should receive a reminder of your test booking two days before the test date.
Booking a Final Exam
To book a final exam, log into the Clockwork web portal and select the "Schedule a test or exam" option. From the list of tabs available, choose "Schedule a final exam" option. You will then be asked a series of questions about the course, the final exam and your accommodations. Once you have entered all of the information about the exam, and submit it, our Accommodated Testing staff will work to secure the appropriate resources to administer your exam. You will receive an email notification to confirm your exam booking and you should receive a reminder of your final exam booking two days before the final exam date.
If you require formal accommodations to live on campus, the process for requesting those are the same as other accommodations. Simply email or call our office to request an intake meeting with an Accessibility Advisor. The Advisor can talk about the documentation you will need and how the accommodations process works for staying on campus.
If you have a government-issued Accessible (Blue Zone) parking pass you can contact the Parking Office directly to request a parking pass at Memorial to allow you to park in the accessible parking spots on the St. John's campus. The parking office will simply need a copy of your Accessible parking pass and will need to know which lot you would prefer to park in. more information about that process can be found here: https://www.mun.ca/cep/parking/accessible-parking-access/
If you require a parking permit for medical reasons but do not currently have a blue zone permit, the Blundon Centre can consider your request. To request support from our office, please email your request to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please ensure to include your name and student number and attach any supporting documentation. Please note that our Advisors support parking access for students with physical impairments, mobility issues.
The NL Student Aid program offers students who identify as having a permanent disability access to additional funding for their university studies. To be eligible, you must have applied for Student Aid and be approved for funding. Visit the NL Student Aid website for more information.
Step 1 - Ask your doctor, psychologist or another professional who is familiar with your learning needs and/or disability to complete the Verification of Eligibility Form. This form can be found on the Student Aid website.
- Send the Verification of Eligibility form to Student Aid or ask the Blundon Centre to forward it for you.
- Once approved, you will automatically access the Canada Student Grant for Persons with Permanent Disabilities ($4,000 a year) every year that you apply for a loan and receive funding. You will only need to submit the Verification of Eligibility form once during your studies.
Step 2 - Meet with your Advisor at Blundon to discuss the services and equipment covered by the Grant for Services and Equipment for Persons with Permanent Disabilities. The grant allows for up to $20,000 in expenses per year. You can apply each semester.
- Determine what services or equipment you will need (eg. a computer or tutoring) based on your disability and functional limitations.
- Contact a store or a service provider to get an estimate on the cost.
Step 3 - Complete the first page of the application form for the Grant for Services and Equipment for Persons with Permanent Disabilities (this form is available on the Student Aid website).
- Bring, fax or email the first page of the form and your estimates to your advisor at Blundon. They will complete pages 2-4 of the form and submit the form and the estimates to Student Aid.
- You have up until 8 weeks from the first day of classes during the fall, winter, and spring semesters to apply for services and equipment from the $8,000 annual grant. For six-week sessions, you can submit up until 2 weeks after the first day of classes.
Step 4 - Student Aid will inform you by email if your application has been approved and will explain how to access the funds.
- If you make a purchase before you receive the approval email, Student Aid will reimburse you - as long as the expense is approved and the money was spent during that semester.
- Do not purchase anything before getting that email - unless you are prepared to cover the cost if it isn’t approved.
- At the end of the semester, submit copies of your receipts to Student Aid to confirm that you purchased the approved equipment or services. Any funds not used for the intended purpose must be returned to Student Aid.
NOTE: Students from other provinces and territories are eligible for similar funding from their student aid programs. can also assist with applications to those programs.
There is a Career Advisor that works directly with the Blundon Centre and Career Development to support students with disabilities throughout their career journey and their transition from post-secondary into the workplace.
Some of the supports available include:
- Exploring Career Options
- Resume & Cover Letter Support
- Interview Preparation
- Workplace Accommodations
- Job Search & Accessible Employers
- Building your Professional Network
If you have any questions or would like to further discuss you can connect with Erin Kenny directly via email email@example.com