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Centre for Students with Disabilities

Serving students who experience learning, ADHD, autism spectrum, mental health, medical, deaf/hard of hearing, mobility/functional and visual disabilities.

Faculty and students talking at the launch of the Inclusive Design Research Institute at OCAD University. Photo by Christina Gapic.

Disability Services

As an Ontario university, OCAD University has a responsibility to comply with human rights and accessibility legislation for students with disabilities. The CSD implements accessibility directives from the Human Rights Code, the Ontarians with Disabilities Act (2001) and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (2005) for students who experience learning, ADHD, autism spectrum, mental health, medical, deaf/hard of hearing, mobility/functional and visual disabilities.

To access our services, please call to book an intake appointment with the Disability Counsellor. Appointments can be booked through the Assistant by calling 416-977-6000 Ext. 339 or emailing


We are located in room 316 (third floor) at 100 McCaul Street.

Hours of operation

Monday, Tuesday and Thursday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (closed 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.)
Wednesday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (closed 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.)
Friday: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. (closed 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.)

Accommodated quizzes/tests/exams will still occur Friday afternoon, if applicable.


Telephone: 416-977-6000 Ext. 339
Fax: 647-438-9731

Staff at the CSD

Susanne Seinader, MA Counselling Psychology, Director
416-977-6000, Ext. 288

Bharat Saini, OCT, B.Ed., M.Ed., Senior Disability Consultant and Program Supervisor
416-977-6000, Ext. 287

Alison Nicholls, MSc.OT, OT Reg. (Ont.), Disability Counsellor
416-977-6000, Ext. 424

Chelsea Good, MSc.OT, OT Reg. (Ont.), Disability Counsellor
416-977-6000, Ext. 4940

Lisa Allen, MES, Learning Strategist/Assistive Technologist
416-977-6000, Ext. 484

Kimberly Giberson, Assistant
416-977-6000, Ext. 339

CSD services

The CSD provides services to students with documented disabilities under the following categories:

  • Learning Disabilities
  • ADHD
  • Autism spectrum
  • Medical
  • Mental health
  • Mobility/functional
  • Deaf/hard of hearing
  • Visual

All disabilities must be formally documented by registered psychologists or medical doctors (e.g. a psychiatrist). The CSD can help students update or obtain formal disability documentation. All disability documentation prescribes specific formal learning accommodations for each individual student. These learning accommodations include: notetakers, sign language interpreters, recording of classes (affidavit available upon request), access to presented material (overheads, PowerPoint, slides, etc.), reserved seats, assistive technologies and learning strategies. Other academic accommodations are described and verified with documentation. Accommodations specific to tests/exams include: additional time, use of assistive technology, as well as writing in a small group setting. The CSD transfers learning accommodations from the formal disability documentation to our own Accommodation Sheets. These Accommodation Sheets are given to Course Instructors by students at the beginning of each academic term. Faculty are encouraged to contact the CSD if they have any questions about academic accommodations.

Extracurricular Activity Accommodation Request

If you are attending an OCAD U sponsored event, and need assistance in securing accommodations, please fill out the PDF below and submit to the department organizing the event as early as possible to allow time for arranging these supports.

Extracurricular Activity Accommodation Request (PDF)