Any student with a disability or health consideration can register with AccessAbility Services. This includes undergraduate, graduate and non-degree students. We strongly encouraged students to register with AccessAbility Services as early as possible to avoid a delay in service.
Students will need to provide:
- Up to date documentation identifying disability related limitations and restrictions
- Information about what services and accommodations were provided in previous educational environments, if applicable (e.g. Individualized Education Plan - IEP)
- A list of financial supports for which they have been approved (e.g. ADP, OSAP, etc)
What to Expect and How to Prepare for the Appointment
After a student completes the Online Intake Registration Form, AccessAbility Services will contact them within 1-3 business days to schedule an Intake appointment with a Disability Consultant.
In order to prepare for your appointment we encourage students to think about the following questions in advance of your meeting. During the Intake appointment, the student will meet with a Disability Consultant to discuss a range of topics including:
- What brings them to the service?
- What disability-related impacts are they, or have they, experienced, in the educational environment? How does it impact their learning in a range of academic activities including lectures, presentations, group work, participation, tests/exams/quizzes, art studio or lab work, assignments, note taking, etc
- What are their disability-related restrictions and limitations (e.g., I cannot sit for more than five minutes, I cannot look at a screen for more than 30 minutes before a break, etc.)
- What are their strengths (e.g., good time manager, perserverance, creativity, etc.)?
- What are their goals?
- What supports and accommodations, if any, did they access in previous academic environments? What worked for them and what did not?
- What services and supports do they have available to them (e.g., family doctor, social worker, physiotherapy, family and friends, etc.)
- Are there any specific course components which may need accommodation (e.g., laboratory, field work, etc.)?
- Possible accommodation solutions (e.g. test/exam supports)
The consultant may also discuss with the student:
- Scholarships and bursaries for students with disabilities. This includes asking if they are OSAP eligible so that we can establish eligibility for specific bursaries
- Referrals to other services within and outside of the university
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