Student Accessibility Services helps provide students with academic accommodations when a disability affects the student's functioning.
Each student is unique; therefore, accommodations vary from person to person and course to course. The following list provides general categories of accommodations. Other accommodations may be put into place as needed.
Accommodations might include alternative furniture in a classroom, a barrier-free location, use of an FM-transmitter for a hearing impairment, assistance with note taking, or strategizing around presentations.
Alternative format textbooks and various adaptive technologies (both software and hardware) are available. Library Accessibility Services (LAS) helps SAS provide these accommodations.
Occasionally students may need additional time to complete class assignments. Shifting deadlines must be done extremely cautiously as this can easily cause more problems with subsequent due dates.
All courses and programs have essential requirements that students must complete in order to achieve the expected learning outcomes. At times this makes accommodations complex.
Students should contact SAS as early as possible when choosing courses. SAS can help students anticipate potential barriers and develop strategies to manage them.
Students who need to take a reduced course load as a result of a disability may be eligible for reduced tuition and fees when taking 2.0 credits. In addition, OSAP has some provisions for students with permanent disabilities, such as a reduced threshold for being considered full-time, additional grants, and a bursary.
Navigating the Campus Environment
Some students may require assistance to get around campus due to a vision impairment or mobility concern. Accessibility guides and scooters are available.
Our Exam Centre has the capacity to accommodate students by providing an environment with fewer distractions, additional time, access to adaptive technology, breaks, and alternative lighting.
Exams must be booked at least 7 days in advance (or by the 40th Class Day) in order to ensure we have sufficient space, staff, and a copy of the exam.
Most accommodations need to be setup in a proactive manner. However, students occasionally experience a significant change in their health unexpectedly. SAS can provide assistance in navigating the various University procedures related to these situations.