Students must first register with Accessibility Services before accessing any of the available services. This key requirement ensures that students get the necessary support based on their documented needs.
Below are the easy steps to register with us:
Step 1. Contact Accessibility Services
Student Accessibility Services works directly with all students to determine eligibility for services. To access the appropriate services, students must first self-identify and contact the Accessibility Specialist.
Initial contact can be made at any point. Students are advised to contact Accessibility Services as early as possible or before the semester begins. This will ensure appropriate services are in place before the student begins any classes. Please note: a disability diagnosis is not required to contact Accessibility Services. Students are advised to get in touch even if they suspect a disability could be impacting their academic functioning.
Step 2: Obtain documentation
Students are required to provide appropriate documentation outlining the impact of one's disability on their functioning to access any supports or services. This information is often provided by a healthcare professional trained and practicing in the medical area. Please refer to the documentation requirement guidelines
If students are currently in the process of receiving a formal diagnosis, they may qualify for interim accommodations.
Step 3: Submit documentation
All forms and reports can be dropped off in person, faxed or emailed to the Accessibility Office (contact information) either by the student or the healthcare professional. We require minimum two business days to review all documentation before meeting with students.
Step 4: Book and attend your accommodation review meeting (intake appointment)
Upon submitting documentation, students can book an appointment within two business days with the Accessibility Specialist. At this time, student's documentation and needs will be discussed, and an accommodation plan will be established to provide them supports and services that will give them equal access to their post-secondary education.
What to expect during your intake meeting...
This is often the first time the student has the opportunity to learn and discuss how their disability might impact them academically. Key areas addressed during this meeting include:
- Student's disability and it's academic impact
- Confidentiality and consent
- Tyndale standards and procedures
- Individualized accommodation plan
- Applicability for other services
- Government funding eligibility
- Assistive Technology
- Learning Strategies
- Ongoing support
Step 5: Activate accommodations
After the intake appointment, students are registered with the Accessibility Office - provided appropriate documentation has been submitted. At this point, an accommodation plan would have been created and students must activate their plan by signing it. The Accessibility Office will send the plan electronically to the student's professors and other staff members upon receiving student's consent. Once the plan is sent, it is active and students can utilize their approved accommodations.
Students already registered with Accessibility Services need to activate their accommodations each semester. Students can contact their Accessibility Specialist before classes begin to renew their existing plans.
Step 6: Review accommodations (optional)
Once a plan is created for students with permanent disabilities, the approved accommodations are considered permanent. However, it is recommended from time to time that students work with their Accessibility Specialist to review and update their plans. As students develop their learning skills and the demands of courses evolve, it is likely that accommodations will have to be adapted. Students are recommended to meet with the Accessibility Specialist before each semester begins to review any modifications to their plan. Please note: Updated documentation may be required to support accommodation requests when previously submitted documentation may not be sufficient.