All students have big dreams and exciting possibilities. And all students deserve the chance to share their unique contributions with the world. For some students, learning challenges can make it difficult to move forward with confidence. Opportunities can shrink when obstacles increase, making dreams harder to achieve.
Comprehensive psychoeducational assessments can help students reach their full potential despite learning challenges. Assessments can identify strengths and obstacles to learning, so accommodations and targeted interventions can be mobilized. If a Learning Disability is diagnosed, students can access support at school, boosting confidence, esteem, and achievement. For students heading off to college or university, an assessment towards the end of high school can ensure that accommodations and support continue at the post-secondary level.
But school resources are stretched, waitlists for testing can be lengthy, and not all families can afford a private assessment. At Possibilities, we are committed to community outreach and giving back—helping children and adolescents access psychoeducational testing when they are otherwise unable to do so.
The Possibilities Clinic Assessment Award is given annually to three students who require psychoeducational assessment, but who are unable to obtain one privately due to financial hardship while waiting for a publicly-funded assessment through their school. Recipients of the award will receive our most comprehensive psychoeducational assessment, called a Signature Assessment. Science shows that learning challenges rarely occur alone. With Learning Disabilities, other concerns, like ADD/ADHD and anxiety, might also be present. For this reason, the Signature Assessment at Possibilities involves a Multidisciplinary Team of clinicians from Psychology, Psychometry and Psychiatry who examine learning, attention and mental health. The cost of a Signature Assessment at Possibilities is $4500. This cost will be completely covered by the Award.
To apply for the Possibilities Clinic Assessment Award, we invite all public schools across Ontario to submit a maximum of two nominees. Students in Grades 2 through 12 are eligible if they have not received a psychoeducational assessment previously, have a demonstrated need for an assessment, and are unable to afford one privately while waiting for publicly-funded testing. We are confident that all applicants who are nominated will be deserving of this support. In fairness to all, the award will be chosen randomly from eligible applicants submitted to us. All applications must be received by November 30, 2020. One of the three awards will be given to a student in Northern Ontario.
Once the random selection of award winners has been made, Possibilities will contact the school, and obtain parental consent for collecting further information and initiation of testing.
Testing will be done in 2020/2021 and will be completed before the start of the next school year.
Nominations must be made jointly by the school Principal/Vice-Principal and Social Worker. If a school board does not have a Social Worker to support the nomination, the school Principal/Vice-Principal must attest to the student’s financial need alone.