Registering with the Centre for Students with Disabilities

The Centre for Students with Disabilities (CSD) at OCAD University supports undergraduate, graduate and continuing studies students with temporary and permanent disabilities. Students can be enrolled in full‐time or part‐time studies.

It is important to register with the CSD as early as possible to ensure appropriate academic accommodations can be arranged in a timely manner. Students can register with the CSD throughout the year.

To register with the CSD, please follow the process below:

  1. Contact the CSD to schedule an Intake appointment by
    • visiting the CSD (Room 316, 100 McCaul Street) during office hours
    • calling the CSD at 416‐977‐6000 extension 339
    • emailing the CSD at csd@ocadu.ca
    • if you have an accommodation need in order to participate in the Intake process, please let us know.
  2. Bring completed medical and/or psychoeducational documentation to your Intake appointment.

  3. During the Intake appointment you will meet with a Disability Counsellor who will review your medical/psychoeducational documentation with you and discuss the functional impact of your disability(ies), learning needs, essential requirements of your program of study, and previous academic accommodations (if applicable). Following this discussion, appropriate academic accommodations will be identified.

  4. An Academic Accommodation Letter will be prepared. The Letter will only state your academic accommodations. Students are not required to share their specific medical/disability information with their Course Instructor(s) and TA(s). You will have the option of:
    • providing your Academic Accommodations Letters directly to your Course Instructor(s) and TA(s), or
    • your Disability Counsellor can send your Academic Accommodations Letter via email to your Course Instructor(s) and TA(s).
  5. Access your academic accommodations.

  6. Contact your Disability Counsellor, as needed, during the academic term to discuss changes to your disability status and the functional impact of your disability(ies) on your academics and to ensure the effectiveness of your academic accommodations.

  7. Request Academic Accommodation Letters each academic term that you are registered in course(s).

As per the Ontario Human Rights Code, students are not required to disclose their disability diagnosis to register with the CSD or to receive academic accommodations and supports. There may be instances when a disability diagnosis is required, for example when the academic accommodation needs are complex. Students have the option of disclosing their disability diagnosis to the CSD. There will be instances when the Type of Disability is required to establish eligibility for specific disability‐related supports/funding under the Ontario Student Assistance
Program (OSAP).

All disability information shared with the CSD is confidential and will not be released without the written consent of the student. Your status with the CSD will not be identified on your official university record, test results, academic transcripts or graduation documentation.

If you feel you may have a disability that is impacting your academic performance but have never been formally assessed or diagnosed, please contact the CSD to schedule an Intake appointment. The Disability Counsellor will discuss external referral options for a medical and/or psychoeducational assessment through a regulated health care practitioner. You may be eligible for interim academic accommodations pending the external medical/psychoeducational assessment and receipt of appropriate documentation confirming the presence of a
disability(ies).

If you feel your academic performance was affected by your disability and you did not have accommodations in place, you may petition for academic consideration through the Office of the Registrar. Petitions are considered on a case‐by‐case basis and may include requests such as extensions beyond the end of the semester or late withdrawal from a course.