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Lakehead University

Lakehead University is your place to live and learn. Dynamic, modern, and highly learner-centred, we acknowledge all of our students as valued leaders of tomorrow, whose education and success are most paramount to our institution. Both campuses in Thunder Bay and Orillia promise the total university experience, a blend of academic excellence and opportunity with a rich variety of social and recreational activities. We also promise excellence in research: Lakehead is the proud host to 9 Canada Research Chairs and revolutionary facilities such as our world-renowned Paleo-DNA Laboratory and our Biorefining Research Institute. (source)

Student Accessibility Services

Student Accessibility Services (SAS) coordinates services and facilitates the provision of reasonable academic accommodations for students with documented disabilities/medical conditions. SAS staff collaborate with students, staff and faculty in developing strategies for a successful learning experience while maintaining the academic standards and integrity of the University. All information provided to SAS is confidential. (source)


Academic Resources

Student Accessibility Services Advisors are available to provide assistance with the following:

  • Understanding your disability
  • Reviewing assessments
  • Facilitating the provision of Academic Accommodations
  • Arranging a Volunteer Notetaker (source)
    • Student Accessibility Services offers volunteer notetaking positions at both campuses.
    • At the end of the course, a Letter of Reference will be provided upon request. Notetaking is an activity that can be entered for validation on your Co-Curricular Record (CCR).
    • All notes are submitted electronically to a Desire2Learn (D2L) email. Read our Responsibilities of a Notetaker for more information.
  • Demonstrating and/or training available for assistive devices and/or software programs. (source)
    • Assistive Technology refers to any item, piece of equipment, or product that is used to maintain or improve an individual's abilities. Student Accessibility Services (SAS) provides access to several assistive computer programs to students with documented disabilities. SAS may also recommend assistive equipment to students according to their specific needs.
  • Developing Learning Strategies
  • Arranging test and exam accommodations
  • Collaborating with staff and faculty

What Type of Documentation is Needed?

Student Accessibility Services (SAS) requires documentation of a disability.

If you have a Learning Disability and/or ADHD, provide the following:

  • Psychological Assessment, signed by a registered psychologist. This must be current (completed at least age 18 years of age or within the last four years). If you need to update your assessment, the staff of SAS will assist in the arrangements.
  • Individual Education Plan (IEP) from your secondary school
  • Minutes from Identification, Placement and Review Committee (IPRC) from your secondary school

If you have a disability other than a Learning Disability and/or ADHD, provide the following:

  • A completed Medical Documentation Form signed by a certified, licensed medical practitioner (physician, clinical psychologist, psychiatrist, neurologist, audiologist, ophthalmologist)
  • Individual Education Plan (IEP) from your secondary school
  • Minutes from Identification, Placement and Review Committee (IPRC) from your secondary school

Other Documentation Requirements

Hearing disability should also include: audiologist report, use of assistive devices (hearing aids, FM systems).

Vision disability should also include: visual acuity test, visual field limitations.

Students coming from other postsecondary institutions should provide a letter stating the academic accommodations previously utilized.

If you are unsure whether you have enough documentation or the right documentation, please contact our office to discuss further.

Additional Information

Transition Planner for Students with Disabilities

To aid students in the transition process, we have prepared a Transition Planner. The Planner includes important contact information, keys to understanding your individual learning styles, an outline of the information we require, and, most importantly, links to SAS. Through SAS, you will encounter eager and supportive staff who will work with you to make your time at Lakehead University a truly positive and valuable experience.

Check out our Transition Planner for more information.  

The Transition Resource Guide has been created to provide information about Accessibility Services at all Colleges and Universities in Ontario. Prospective students are encouraged to check out the website to learn more!