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Accommodations

Who Qualifies to use the Service?

What is an accommodation?

Accommodations may include, but are not limited to the following:


Who Qualifies to use the Service?

In order to assess if a student qualifies for accommodations the service considers:

  1. Does this student have a disability ?
    1. What is a disability?
  2. Does the disability impact services or academic requirements for which the student would need accommodations?
  3. Does the student’s documentation support the accommodation(s) requested?

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What is an Accommodation?

Accommodation is the process by which suitable arrangements are made for people with disabilities. An accommodation is any change that enables students with disabilities to participate equally in the environment and activities of either a particular class or university life in general. This includes making changes to course delivery, assessment methods, the types of resources provided, and physical access to a class. It involves removing barriers of all kinds, including physical or architectural barriers, information or communication barriers, barriers caused by attitudes, and policies or practices that create barriers. (Sarah Basnett, 2003)

The essence of accommodating people with disabilities is individualization. . .each person with a disability must be considered, assessed and accommodated individually. There is no set formula for accommodating people with disabilities. Each person's needs are unique and must be considered afresh when an accommodation request is made. A solution may meet one person's requirements but not another's, although it is also the case that many accommodations will benefit large numbers of persons with disabilities.
Ontario Human Rights Commission, Policy and Guidelines on Disability and the Duty to Accommodate, revised November 23, 2000. [Online] Available: http://www.ohrc.on.ca, 13-14.

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Accommodations may include, but are not limited to the following:

Academic Adjustment

  • Extended time for coursework (to be discussed with Instructor) and AccessAbility Services
  • Alternate course projects (i.e., for student who has verbal communication difficulties and may face barriers doing an oral presentation)

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Accessibility

  • Please visit Campus Accessibility on this website for more information.

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Advanced Preparation for Courses

  • Students who require alternate format materials and or orientation and mobility training may receive these supports if they make their needs known to AccessAbility Services before the commencement of courses.

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Alternate Communication

  • Qualified students may access the services of an interpreter (ASL or oral), intervenor or other related supports to facilitate communication.

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Alternate Exam Arrangements

Qualified students may be provided with alternate test/exam/quiz arrangements which may include:

  • Extra time
  • Rest breaks
  • Use of specialized technology (software to enlarge print, read text or allow the student to speak into the computer)
  • Modification of response format
  • Scribe

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Alternate Format Materials

  • Coming soon!

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Assessment Services

  • The service provides referrals to a Registered Psychologist for learning disability and ADHD assessments and for assistive technology assessments. Students are referred by their Primary Counsellor.

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Assistive Technology


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Attendant Care

  • Centre for Independent Living – Project Information Centre (PIC). PIC is the centralized point of access for persons with physical disabilities applying for Attendant Services in Toronto. It is highly recommended that a student interested in attending UTSC apply at least one year before the time you plan to commence your education.

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Mobility Assistance

  • For eligible students who require assistance on campus moving from one class to the next, picking up food in the cafeteria, etc. support is available.

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Note taking

  • Peer Note takers (volunteer note takers)
  • Taping Lectures

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