Services and Supports offered by Student Accessibility Services

Academic Accommodations

During the Intake process, students will meet with the Accessibility Advisor to begin the academic accommodation planning process. During your first meeting, the Accessibility Advisor 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 Accessibility Advisor 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 Accessibility Advisor 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 Student Accessibility Services

Potential supports available through Student Accessibility Services (SAS) 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 SAS
  • summer transition program for new students coming to OCAD University.
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