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Accessibility Services and Academic Accommodations

If you are an OISE 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 - we encourage you to register as early as possible to avoid delays later in the year when demand is higher.

The Office of the Registrar and Student Services works closely with the University of Toronto's Accessibility Services to implement recommended accommodations 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 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. 


Jeananne Robertson

Jeananne Robertson
Contact me if you have questions about accommodations.

Room 8-225


New Students

In general, any medical condition or disorder that affects functionality in some way is considered a disability. Some examples may be found at the Accessibility Services website.

We encourage entering students wishing to seek academic accommodations to contact us as soon you have accepted your offer of admission for an OISE Program.  Over the Summer (May - August) is the optimal time to initiate registration with Accessibility Services.   

For further information contact Jeananne Robertson, Student Success Counsellor at OISE's Office of the Registrar and Student Services (416) 978-2448 or visit the Accessibility Services website.


Returning Students

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.


Disability-Related Program Extensions

Graduate students who are registered with Accessibility Services may, upon the recommendation of their Disability Counsellor, request additional extension(s) as an accommodation for graduate study if additional time is required for degree completion.  Students are required to complete a work plan and obtain the support/approval of their Disability Counsellor, their Supervisor, and their Graduate Coordinator.  Students must be in good standing and making satisfactory progress toward their degree requirements.  Annual supervisory committee reports may be requested by the School of Graduate Studies.

OISE students seeking Disability-Related Extensions are asked to arrange an appointment with their Disability Counsellor at Accessibility Services, or to contact the Office of the Registrar and Student Services (416-978-4300) to arrange an appointment with OISE's Student Success Counsellor.

Click here to access the Disability-Related Extensions Form.


Requesting Consideration for Illness or Injury

The University of Toronto "Verification of Student Illness or Injury Form" must be completed by all students requesting special consideration based on illness or injury.  Guidance for completion is included on the form itself.  Students can download a copy of the form online or you can pick one up from the Office of the Registrar and Student Services.

OISE students requesting consideration are asked to arrange an appointment with the Student Success Counsellor (416-978-2448) to submit the form and to discuss their individual needs.

Click here to access the Verification of Student Illness of Injury Form.


Resources for Instructors

Accessible Course Delivery (AODA Office, University of Toronto)

OISE Guide for Referring Students in Distress

Inclusive Teaching Tips (Accessibility Services, University of Toronto)

Note-taking Guidelines for Faculty (Accessibility Services, University of Toronto)

Suggested Course Syllabus Statement re: Accommodations

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in Higher Education (Center for Applied Special Technology (CAST))

OISE Syllabus Template 


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.

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