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Student Profile

Who is the IDEAL Program For?

Students with learning difficulties may find it difficult to acquire knowledge or skills in the same ways as other students. This could mean they struggle to learn through traditional teaching methods, or that they wrestle with a curriculum designed for students their age. NDU and SKILD recognize that they should be educated within the regular education classroom; therefore, the IDEAL Program came to life, to serve students with learning challenges or developmental difficulties.


IDEAL students will have access to all campus clubs and activities through the use of their university ID. An eligible candidate for the IDEAL Program must:

  • Be unable to attend the university as a traditional student;
  • Have a documented mild to moderate level of challenges or developmental disability;
  • Be between 17 and 26 years of age;
  • Have attended/completed at least grade 9 as a school student;
  • Have literacy skills and fluency in English;
  • Be able to sit through 50-75-minute courses and function independently, or with some assistance for two hours;
  • Be able to demonstrate the ability to accept and follow reasonable rules and behave respectfully towards others;
  • Demonstrate the desire to attend the program.

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