We provide psychoeducational assessment services to the post-secondary student population of Southern & Southeastern Ontario as well as to secondary school students in the Kingston community. RARC also provides psychoeducational assessment services to adults in the community who are returning to a post-secondary learning environment. Students must be accepted into or attending a publicly funded post-secondary institution in order to be eligible for our services.
In 1997, the Ontario government struck the Learning Opportunities Task Force (LOTF). The mandate of this task force was to investigate the status of post-secondary students with learning disabilities and to make recommendations that would enhance access and services for students with specific learning disabilities. The final report of the task force was submitted to the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU) in November 2002. This report contained seven key findings and 24 recommendations. One of the key findings was that:
"A significant majority of the students arrived at (post-secondary) institutions with no, or at best inadequate, diagnostic information. As a result, students had neither appropriate documentation nor an understanding of their own learning disabilities. A comprehensive, up- to-date diagnostic assessment is essential for the provision of requisite supports, services, programs and accommodations for students with learning disabilities."
- Learning Opportunities Task Force, 1997 to 2002, Final Report
The LOTF therefore recommended that, "The Province should establish, implement and evaluate the concept of Assessment and Resource Centres (ARC's)." As a result, the Regional Assessment and Resource Centre (RARC) was established in September 2003 at Queen's University followed by the Northern Ontario Assessment and Resource Centre/Centre d'évaluation et de resources du Nord de I'Ontario (NOARC/CÉRNO) in April 2004.