One of the core activities of Student Accessibility Services is to help students with academic accommodations in order to remove structural barriers when a disability is affecting the student's functioning. The accommodations that are required vary from person to person, and situation to situation. We therefore work closely with students and instructors to collaboratively determine what is needed.
It is important to note that the following list provides general examples. Other accommodations may be put into place as needed.
This 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.
Alternate format textbooks are available, as well as various adaptive technologies (both software and hardware). Library Accessibility Services provides much of the assistance in this area in collaboration with SAS.
Occasionally students may require 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, and at times this makes accommodations rather complex. For this reason it is always best for students to contact SAS as early as possible when choosing courses in order to 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 with getting around campus due to a vision impairment or mobility concern. Assistance with accessibility guides and scooters are available.
Tests and Exams
Our Exam Centre has the capacity to accommodate students with fewer distractions, additional time, access to adaptive technology, breaks and alternative lighting. Typically 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. Booking further in advance is appreciated whenever possible.
Most accommodations need to be setup in a proactive manner. However, there may be occasions when a student experiences a significant change in their health unexpectedly. SAS can provide assistance in navigating the various University procedures related to these situations. Note that it may be necessary to apply for academic consideration.