Information for Health Care Practitioners

Medical Documentation

In order to register with the Centre for Students with Disabilities, students must submit supporting Medical Documentation from a Regulated Health Care Professional (e.g. Medical Doctor, Medical Specialist, registered Psychologist).

The medical documentation provided should include:

  1. confirmation that the student has a disability or medical condition;
  2. the functional impact/limitation or needs associated with the disability or medical condition; and
  3. recommendations of the type of accommodation(s) that may be needed to allow the student to fulfill the essential duties or requirements of their course/program of study.

The CSD Medical Documentation form can be downloaded here – CSD Medical Documentation form (PDF).

Documentation Guidelines

Students with Learning Disabilities and/or ADHD are asked to provide the CSD with their Psychoeducational Assessment.

Students with Autism Spectrum Disorder may have a Psychoeducational Assessment and/or other medical documentation that can be provided to the CSD. Students can also have their health care professional provide us with information by completing the CSD Medical Documentation form.

Students with physical, sensory, medical and mental health disabilities can have their health care professional provide us with information about the functional limitations and recommendations/supports by completing the CSD Medical Documentation Form.

Student can provide their Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) as additional supporting documentation.

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).

Types of Academic Accommodations

Potential academic accommodations include (not an exhaustive list):

  • alternative exam location (e.g. a quiet space or private room)
  • additional time to complete quizzes/tests/exams
  • flexible deadlines (extensions) for assignments negotiated in advance, when possible
  • additional clarification from Course Instructor and/or TA
  • alternate format of course materials
  • note‐taking support
  • access to ASL Interpreters
  • audio recording lectures.

Supports that are available through the Centre for Students with Disabilities (CSD)

Potential supports available through the CSD include (not an exhaustive list):

  • access to an Assistive Technologist
  • access to a Learning Strategist
  • disability counselling support
  • learning skills workshops
  • social support through various activities coordinated by the CSD
  • summer transition program for new students coming to OCAD University.

If you have any questions regarding the documentation requirements, please contact the CSD via email at csd@ocadu.ca or by calling us at 416‐977‐6000 Extension 339.