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Sheridan College

Founded in 1967, Sheridan has grown from a local college of 400 students to one of Ontario's leading postsecondary institutions, educating approximately 18,000 full-time and 35,000 continuing and part-time studies students every year on four campuses in three Ontario cities – Oakville, Brampton, and Mississauga. An award-winning institution, Sheridan attracts students from across Canada and around the world. Sheridan's 110,000+ alumni play a critical role in shaping the future of our society in the fields of arts, business, community service, health, technology, and the skilled trades. (source)


Accessible Learning Services

The Accessible Learning Office facilitates equal access for eligible students with disabilities by coordinating reasonable academic accommodations and support services. Accommodation plans and services are tailored to correspond with the disability-related needs of each student and are determined based on the documentation provided and program specific requirements. We continually strive to cultivate a college culture that is sensitive and responsive to the needs of students. Emphasis is placed on students' ability and independence to empower them to realize their academic potential and personal responsibilities. (source)


Academic Resources

Learning Strategies Training

Learning Strategists will assist you in developing learning approaches that use your existing skills and build on your strengths.

Sheridan offers enhanced services for students with documented learning disabilities. Our Learning Strategist will assist you in developing learning approaches that use your existing skills and build on your strengths. Students work on an individual basis or in small groups to achieve success.

Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology is any item, piece of equipment, or product that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the abilities of...

Assistive Technology is any item, piece of equipment, or product that is used to increase, maintain or improve the abilities of individuals with disabilities: tools to promote independence across all areas of living. Students can access assistive technologies by visiting one of our Technology Labs and consulting with an Assistive Technologist.

Other Services & Accommodations

Services and accommodations available to eligible students include testing accommodations, interpreters, note-takers, accessible parking...
Please be advised that this list of services and accommodations is not automatic for every student. Students who are eligible to receive accommodations will meet with Accessible Learning Services staff to determine the most appropriate accommodations and services available to meet individual needs.

Testing Accommodations

Eligibility for extended test time, scribes or readers can be determined in consultation with the Accessible Learning Advisor/Counsellor. Tests must be booked seven days in advance of test date through the Assessment Centre at the Hazel McCallion, Davis and Skills Training Centre campus. Trafalgar students should book through the Accessible Learning office.

Notetaking and Photocopying Notes

Instructors and/or students may identify note takers with the assistance of the Accessible Learning staff. NCR paper is available through the Accessible Learning Office. Photocopying is available as well.

Extended Program (Reduced Program Courseload)

Students may reduce the number of courses they take at one time. This may be arranged in consultation with the Program Coordinator, Academic Advisor and Accessible Learning .

Interpreters and Computerized Notetaker for the Hearing Impaired

Students are entitled to their choice of either Sign Language Interpreting Service or Computerized Notetaking Service. This is arranged through Accessible Learning and George Brown College/Canadian Hearing Society.

Peer Mentors/Tutoring

Peer Mentors for organizational issues, time management etc. can be arranged through Accessible Learning. Tutors for content-specific material can be arranged through the Career Centre.


Accessible Learning has reserved lockers throughout the College. Please contact our office if you require access to one of these lockers.

Taped Texts/Alternate Format Texts

Students requiring books on CD must contact Accessible Learning who will refer you to the Assistive Technologist to have your order placed for the required materials. Due to copyright laws, students must purchase the book and provide receipts for proof of purchase.

Print Enlargements

Equipment for enlarging print is available at Accessible Learning.


Students are encouraged to participate in the college-wide orientation. Where required, individual orientations may be arranged in conjunction with Accessible Learning.

Specialized Equipment

Specialized equipment such as four track recorders and adaptive devices can be accessed through the Accessible Learning Office.

Bursary for Students with Disabilities

Students must be eligible to receive OSAP in order to qualify for the bursary. Forms must be approved by the Accessible Learning Advisor/Counsellor or Assistive Technologist and forwarded to Financial Aid for consideration.

Disabled Parking

For long-term or permanent disabilities students must obtain a Provincial Disabled Parking Permit issued by the Ministry of Transportation.

What Type of Documentation is Needed/How do I Apply?

Sheridan is committed to providing access and accommodation to students with disabilities. We offer a wide range of services for students who have been formally identified or documented as having a disability.

To access these services, it is important that you identify early with Accessible Learning at the campus you will be attending. In order for accommodations to be put in place for the start-up of classes, we ask that you complete and submit an Accessible Learning Services Intake Form along with documentation that verifies your disability.

The guidelines below outline the documentation required for different types of disabilities:

Acquired Brain Injury

Neuro-Psychological Report

Attention Deficit Disorder or ADHD

A report by a neuro-psychologist or registered psychologist with ADD/ADHD training

Autism/Asperger's Syndrome

Medical or Psycho-Ed Ax

Deaf or Hard of Hearing

Audiology Report

Learning Disability

Psych-educational Assessment/ IEP

Visual Impairment

Ophthalmologist Report or CNIB card

Additional Information


We also require that you attend an Accessible Learning Transition Session to obtain information about our services, ask questions, and meet with staff and other students. Transition Sessions are held between May and August each year. A schedule showing the dates and times they are offered will be posted here at that time. Please call or email as soon as possible to reserve a seat at the session of your choice. At the end of each session, individual intake appointments will be scheduled to discuss your needs and required accommodations.

For more information about this program, please visit this page.