Our nationally recognized Meighen Centre provides services and accommodations to Mount Allison students with documented disabilities.

In addition to providing services to students, the Centre works to help those outside the Mount Allison community better understand disabilities and participates in and conducts research around student health, wellness, and accessibility.

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For students registered
with the Meighen Centre

Before accessing services and accommodations, students must register with the Meighen Centre. We highly recommend you register early as documentation may be required and some supports take time to implement.

Academic accommodations

Academic accommodations may be provided to a student when a disability creates functional limitations in their academic pursuits.

Programs and resources

Meighen Centre students have access to services and resources, including pre-orientation for new students, peer mentorship, and counselling services.

Policy on Students with Disabilities

Mount Allison University is proud to be an institution that welcomes and supports a diverse student body. To this end, Mount Allison is committed to providing support for students with disabilities, and, where warranted and without compromising academic standards, will provide reasonable accommodations.

To learn more, visit Policy 1201 — Policy on Students with Disabilities.

“The Meighen Centre has helped me navigate through new and challenging situations with professors and peers, given me the accommodations needed to succeed, and have overall helped shape who I am today.” — Commerce student Sarah Reeder

About the Meighen Centre

Building on programs and services offered on campus since 1988, the Meighen Centre was established in 1994, with a landmark donation from Michael and Kelly Meighen of the then-Themadel Foundation, now the T.R. Meighen Family Foundation.

The Meighen Centre was one of the first of its kind among Canadian universities and is nationally recognized for its work with students who have learning disabilities. Several years ago, it expanded its services to include services for students with all types of disabilities, in partnership with the University’s Wellness Centre.

Full list of our services and accommodations

Adaptive software 

  • Dragon Naturally Speaking (for PC)
  • Dragon Dictate (for Mac)
  • Claro Read
  • Read and Write Gold
  • Kurzweil 3000
  • Inspiration
  • Spark-Space
  • Ginger Software
  • Echo Pen

Liaison with admission office, deans, professors, funding agencies, library staff, technical services.

Alternate formats
Digital text — we help you obtain digital textbooks or course packs for reading with computer software. We also assist students with creating digitized course outlines and journal articles for class work using our scanners.


  • LD screening on site
  • Referrals for full assessments, off campus


  • Academic — course selection & program selection
  • Personal — referrals
  • Financial — assistance with Canada Student Loans, Canada Access Grants, Grants for Services & Equipment for Students with Disabilities
  • Career and post-graduation — issues dealing with employment and graduate schools

Note takers
Limited funds are available to assist students in paying for note takers.

Peer tutors
Peer tutors are available to students whose disability necessitates additional clarification or elaboration of material presented in lectures. Limited funds available to assist students in paying for tutors.

Meighen Centre computer labs are equipped with scanners that can be used, with the help of our staff, for digitizing course outlines and journal articles.

Test/Exam accommodations:

  • Extra time
  • Quiet room
  • Use of computer/spell checker
  • Reader service or test-to-voice software
  • Scribe service or voice-to-text software

Time management and organization help

Writing assistance and proofreading

Get involved with the Meighen Centre

All Mount Allison students can get involved with the Meighen Centre through student employment and volunteering. The Centre hires assistants, tutors, and note takers.

Are you faculty or staff supporting students with disabilities? Resources are available on the Faculty & Staff Gateway — accommodations for students.

Contact us

Meighen Centre