Types of Accommodations

Accessibility Services offers the following types of accommodations to students registered with the office:

Classroom accommodations

These are accommodations that enable students with disabilities to access instructional material in the classroom. It includes accommodations such as the use of a note-taker, access to professor's notes/slides, use of a lecture recorder, sign language interpreter, FM systems, etc.

Use of a Recorder

In person: Student brings with them.

Online: Can be done from home with permission of recording form or through posted lectures on Moodle.

Volunteer note-taker (coordinated by Accessibility Services)

In person/Online: Contact Accessibility Services via email to coordinate.

Access to professor’s notes/slides (if available)

In person/Online: Student can contact Professor directly if material is not already posted on Moodle.

Occasional missed classes without penalty

Absences may be a legitimate result of a disability. For classes missed beyond the approved accommodation, the institution-wide attendance policy will apply.

In person/Online: Student will need to discuss missed material with Professor.

Allow frequent breaks

In person: Student can take breaks as needed but must be mindful of not disrupting lectures/group discussions.

Test and Exam accommodations

These accommodations enable students with disabilities to demonstrate their learning equally as the rest of their classmates. Common accommodations include the use of separate or private space, extra time, use of a computer, amongst many others.

Extra time

In person: Written in the Test Centre – contact Accessibility Services at least one week before the test or exam date.

Online: Added on Moodle – contact your professor at least one week before the test or exam date.

Use of computer applications

Microsoft Word, Read&Write (Screen reader, text-to-speech and speech-to-text), ZoomText, Dragon Natural Speaking.

In person: Written Test Centre – contact Accessibility Services at least one week before the test or exam date.

Online: On student’s computer.

Exams not to be written on consecutive days, 1 exam per day, specific start time for exam

In person/Online: Contact Accessibility Services at least one week before the exam date. Final exam deadlines will be earlier – ask Accessibility Services for more information.

Allow the use of earplugs, the use of headphones with white noise on MP3

In person: Provided by the student.

Use of a memory aid

In person/Online: Student must email aid to professor one week before the test or exam and request approval for the memory aid. The memory aid must be attached to that email.

Assignment accommodations

Students with disabilities may require accommodations in order to complete assignments and projects. These may include approved extensions, managing the workflow of larger assignments amongst other supports.

Extensions on assignments/Flexible deadlines

Assignments can only be extended for up to maximum 2-weeks from the original due date. All extensions are negotiated and approved by the professor no later than 7 days in advance of the original due date.

In person/Online: Students must contact the Professor via email at least one week before the original deadline and request the extension.

Environmental accommodations

These accommodation allow students with disabilities to participate in their academic environment. Accommodations may consist of the use of a service animal, designated seat, residence accommodations, etc.

All approved accommodations are stated on the student's Letter of Accommodation (LoA) - this serves as a formal document and will be sent as an email to students' professors on their behalf. These letters are confidential and will not include any disability related information. They are communicated only to those who are working directly with the student given their consent.

Other accommodations

Textbooks in Alternate format

In person/Online: Contact Accessibility Services with the textbook list (Book title and ISBN number) and provide a copy of the purchase receipt (proof of purchase).

Key Information

  • New students must register with Accessibility Services at the beginning of the school year or as early as possible to access any accommodations
  • Current students must renew their plan each semester to use approved accommodations

Next steps:

Register for Services
Follow the steps to register with Accessibility Services
Check you have appropriate medical information
Book an appointment
Talk to your Accessibility Specialist