Services and Supports offered by the CSD
During the Intake process, students will meet with the Disability Counsellor to begin the academic accommodation planning process. During your first meeting, the Disability Counsellor will:
- review your documentation
- discuss your academic program’s essential requirements
- discuss your strengths and learning challenges, and
- work with you to develop the most appropriate academic accommodations plan.
The Disability Counsellor may also:
- provide you with referrals for additional assessments and/or community resources and supports
- refer you to see an Assistive Technologist and/or Learning Strategist, and
- inform you of bursaries for students with disabilities and advise about funding applications.
The Disability Counsellor determines your academic accommodations by using a thorough needs assessment. Academic accommodations are designed to respond to each student’s needs and are based on a number of factors including:
- the functional impact of your disability(ies)
- the program’s essential requirements and learning objectives
- the program’s format (e.g. online, in‐class, fieldwork),
- the recommendations in the psychoeducational and/or medical documentation, and
- your past learning experiences.
Your academic accommodation(s) must be directly related to the functional limitations of your disability in the university environment. Additionally, your academic accommodations may change depending on the course or program’s essential requirements and any changes in your symptoms. It is also important to note that having a specific diagnosis/disability does not necessarily mean that you are entitled to be accommodated, or to receive a specific type of accommodation.
Academic Accommodations that may be available
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
- alternate format of course materials
- note‐taking support
- access to ASL Interpreters
- additional clarification from Course Instructor and/or TA
- audio recording lectures.
Supports that are available through the 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.
Bursaries for Students with Disabilities
For information regarding bursaries to support students with disabilities with their disability-related educational costs, please visit the Bursaries for Students with Disabilities Program webpage. The two bursaries are the Bursary for Students with Disabilities (BSWD) and the Canada Student Grant for Services and Equipment for Persons with Permanent Disabilities (CSG-PDSE). These bursaries are jointly administered between the Centre for Students with Disabilities and the Financial Aid & Awards Office at OCAD University.