Accessibility Services and Academic Accommodations
The Office of the Registrar and Student Services works in close alliance with the University of Toronto's Accessibility Services to facilitate the implementation of accommodations recommended by Accessibility Services for students with a disability. The term "accommodation" refers to any service, equipment, or special arrangement that is put in place to support students with a documented disability that affects their ability to function in an academic or practicum setting.
If you are a student with a disability, and would benefit from some form of accommodation, it is important that you register with Accessibility Services (located on the 4th Floor at 455 Spadina Avenue). Although you may not foresee an immediate need for accommodation, as the year progresses your needs may change. Register as early as possible to avoid any delay later in the year when Accessibility Services is under greater pressure as exam time approaches.
If you experience difficulties that affect your learning and suspect you may have a disability, Accessibility Services will work with you to clarify and address any disability-related barriers to your academic success.
In general, any medical condition or disorder that affects functionality in some way is considered a disability. Some examples may be found here.
We encourage entering students wishing to seek academic accommodations to contact us as soon you have accepted your offer of admisstion for an OISE Program. Over the Summer (May - August) is the optimal time to initiate registration with Accessibility Services.
All accommodations expire annually at the end of the Winter Session (April 30). In order to receive accommodations for Summer Session courses, and in subsequent Fall and Winter Sessions, students will need to reactivate your registration with Accessibility Services.
Students with current supporting documentation on file at Accessibility Services who do not need to change their accommodations can renew your accommodations electronically via e-mail with your Disability Counsellor at Accessibility Services.
If you would like to discuss possible changes to your accommodations, contact your Disability Counsellor at Accessibility Services. If updated supporting documentation is required, Accessibility Services will contact students to advise you to seek updated documentation from your health practitioner.
If you have questions about how OISE collaborates with Accessibility Services, or would like to talk about the process for implementing accommodations within your Program at OISE, please contact Jeananne Robertson to arrange an in-person or telephone meeting.
If you have an accommodation need related to meeting or communication with our office, please contact our front desk at (416) 978-4300 and we will do our best to make appropriate arrangements.