Academic accommodations can help students succeed by minimizing or eliminating the disadvantages that their disability presents.
Students with disabilities are expected to accomplish the core competencies of their programs. To achieve this, academic accommodations are provided.
Accommodations are unique to each individual. The accommodations that each student requires are relayed to teachers and Associate Deans through the use of Letters of Accommodation, on a term-by-term basis.
Letters of Accommodation are created by the Health, Wellness and Accessibility Services office based on confidential documentation that the student provides to us.
Some of the most commonly provided academic accommodations to students with disabilities include:
- reduced course load (taking fewer courses per term to help manage workload)
- provision of a note-taker for lectures (due to problems with listening and note-taking done simultaneously)
- access to a computer to organize and edit assignments
- provision of extended time for tests and exams (the amount of extra time is determined by Accessibility Services, but is usually time-and-a-half)
- tape recording of lectures
- short breaks to help the student refocus attention (testing situations included)
- writing exams/tests in a quiet room in the Test Centre, free from distractions
- time extensions on assignments (to be negotiated ahead of time between student and professor)
Do you have a documented disability and feel that academic accommodations would help you?
It is important to let us know as soon as possible. Your first step is to book an appointment to meet with one of our Accessibility Counsellors.
The earlier you ask for assistance, the more effective we can be in facilitating the appropriate support. Do not wait until you are experiencing serious difficulties to contact us.